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Researchers at UMass Amherst College of Engineering are developing a multi-purpose radar system that can detect very small drone aircraft and also serve as a severe weather warning system for airports and urban settings. The project is funded with an 18-month, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation

Professor Maciej Ciesielski of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been invited to meet the President of Poland, Mr. Andrej Duda, on Wednesday, September 20, as part of a "round table" with a selected group of 20-to-25 prominent scientists of Polish origin now working in the scientific community of the United States. The round table will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City.

According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst News Office, Dr. Tilman Wolf, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named senior vice provost for academic affairs by acting provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs John McCarthy. The appointment is effective at the beginning of the new academic year. Wolf will assume most of the responsibilities of Betsy Dumont, who has recently taken a position as dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced.

Alumnus Marc Hildebrant (BSEE, ’71) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was featured earlier this year in IEEE Spectrum’s "Geek Life," describing his work in restoring old music, particularly that recorded by Thomas Edison. The article, dealing with Hildebrant using digital techniques to restore mechanically recorded music to its full glory, also appeared in the Frebruary 2017 print version of The Music Man. According to the article written by Stephen Cass, most sound-restoration projects focus on the obvious issues, such as scratches or hissing, characteristic of decades-old analog storage media. “But Hildebrant is going deeper and fixing some of the distortions introduced by the original mechanical recording process,” Cass wrote.

This fall, the UMass Amherst College of Engineering welcomes five new faculty members: Ashish Kulkarni – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department; Yeon Sik Noh – Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Yadi Eslami – Senior Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Jun Yao – Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; and Chengbo Ai – Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Read more about their backgrounds and accomplishments.

Professor Maciej Ciesielski of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and his former graduate student Dr. Cunxi Yu – currently a post-doctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland – won the 2017 Hardware Security Contest (HACK@DAC) at the Design Automation Conference, the world’s number one conference in the area of electronic design automation (EDA). The Design Automation Conference was held from June 18 to 22 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. See conference website

Group Supervisor Dragana Perkovic-Martin, who earned her Ph.D. from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department in 2008, is currently leading DopplerScatt (for Doppler Scatterometer), a NASA Instrument Incubator Project in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. DopplerScatt was featured in the NASA Earth Science Technology Office's 2016 Annual Report (see Page 3). See NASA press release about DopplerScatt »

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst leads a multi-institutional group of researchers who have invented a new kind of memristor entirely based on silicon materials, which could act as a promising building block for the next generation of memory and neuromorphic computing systems. “The current work opens up opportunities for low-cost mass production of 3D memristor arrays on large silicon and flexible substrates without increasing circuit complexity,” as the research team summarizes its research.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will honor two extraordinary College of Engineering graduates during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 12, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Mechanical engineering major Victor K. Champagne III will be celebrated as both a 21st Century Leader and a Jack Welch Scholar, while electrical engineering major James M. Prescott will be toasted as a Jack Welch Scholar.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the pending induction of UMass alumnus Amir A. Amini, a professor and holder of the Endowed Chair in Bioimaging, Electrical, and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville, to its College of Fellows. The AIMBE College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. According to a national press release issued by the AIMBE, Dr. Amini was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellowsfor outstanding contributions to cardiovascular imaging, medical image analysis, and magnetic resonance imaging of flow and motion.”

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