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The UMass eXperimental X-band radar (UMaXX), a collaborative effort between the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) and the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), is now providing a groundbreaking data feed from the UMaXX radar on Orchard Hill to the National Weather Service's (NWS) Eastern Regional Headquarters. The radar data will be used by NWS regional forecast offices – principally in the Boston, Albany, and Portland areas – and are viewable in near real time.

The College of Engineering is delighted to announce our newly-tenured and/or promoted faculty members, as voted by the UMass Board of Trustees on August 2, 2019. 

Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was part of the UMass team of chemists and electrical engineers who outlined a new way to advance a more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy to produce electricity. Aksamija and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman reported their findings this month in Nature Communications.

Victor Bahl, an alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and currently a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, was presented with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Service Award on June 15 in San Francisco. The ACM citation rewarded Bahl for “significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile computing and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies.”

The married research team of Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Ajla Aksamija of the Department of Architecture are leading an interdisciplinary research team in an ongoing effort to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings by working to design more sustainable building façade systems, or so-called smart façades.

Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the lead principal investigator for a $3.8-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support the collaborative work of researchers at UMass Amherst, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Colorado School of Mines. The research team will use enhanced data modeling to help transform electricity systems in emerging economies.

See UMass News Office story: UMass Amherst Researchers Share in Grant from Rockefeller Foundation

Assistant Professor Jay Taneja and his graduate student June Lukuyu, both of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, have collaborated with researchers at Duke University and Carnegie Mellon University to publish a long article on the Brookings Institution website about their research studying the potential for “microgrids” to provide power to millions of people in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently presented ECE alumnus Victor Bahl with the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award the highest honor that can be bestowed on a researcher in the INFOCOM community. 

An interdisciplinary research team led by Sunghoon (Ivan) Lee, computer science, and Assistant Professor Yeon-sik Noh, nursing and electrical and computer engineering (ECE), has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the university’s Armstrong Fund for Science to fund their work on battery-less wearable sensors.

Science and Technology Research News; News Office release

Professor Joshua Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was a co-principal investigator on a multi-disciplinary research team from UMass Amherst, UCLA, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Tennessee that was awarded a $7.5-million grant ($1 million to UMass Amherst) from the Department of Defense (DoD) for a study of brain-inspired memristive networks. Yang’s grant was one of 24 multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) awards selected from 295 proposals this year.

See DoD press release »

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