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The UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) selection committee has chosen Assistant Professor Beatriz Lorenzo of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as one of eight recipients of the 2022-23 Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

Karen St. Germain ’93 PhD and Dragana Perkovic-Martin ’08 PhD have been chosen by the UMass Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2022 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, respectively. 

Yasra Chandio’s research around the security of Mixed Reality involves hacking into MR systems to uncover and expose key vulnerabilities, with the aim of enhancing user safety. 


Graduate student John Murray of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was one of the co-authors of the Best Student Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2021 International Symposium on Multimedia. 

David McLaughlin, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Emily Kumpel, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), have been awarded the 2021-22 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award.


Qiangfei Xia, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently awarded anapproximately $1.1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a camera with a very high dynamic range and no motion blur.


Sophomore Vishesh Gupta of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is cofounder of Techrupt Innovations, a new company that provides technical support to early stage startups.


Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department delivered the Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Embedded Security: An Ongoing Challenge for Healthcare, on March 23.


College of Engineering researchers Jinglei Ping, mechanical and industrial engineering, and Jun Yao, electrical and computer engineering, have received National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer R21 Awards to pursue their promising emerging research.

Jun Yao, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has received a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship in chemistry from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Yao is the sole UMass Amherst recipient of this year’s fellowship.