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An inter-university team of researchers that includes Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija and graduate student Arnab Majee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has published a scientific paper in Nano Letters ("Bimodal Phonon Scattering in Graphene Grain Boundaries") examining how heat transfer works in graphene, the one-atom thick sheets of carbon.

Cutting-edge collaborative work between the research teams of Professors Qiangfei Xia (PI) and Joseph Bardin, both with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, has resulted in a publication in Nature Communications. The title of the article is “Nanoscale Memristive Radiofrequency Switches,” and the authors are Shuang Pi, Mohammad Ghadiri-Sadrabadi, Joseph Bardin, and Qiangfei Xia. The original article can be viewed here.

An article triggered by a College of Engineering and UMass News Office release about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s 25th annual Senior Design Day was picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in media across the nation. The Hampshire Gazette published the UMass release, and the AP distributed the resulting Gazette article. Projects ranged from those that help the blind, a “smart kitchen,” digital exercise advice, and an aerial camera for video-taping action sports.

Joseph C. Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of 36 faculty members across the country named as recipients of the Office of Naval Research 2015 Young Investigator Program (ONR YIP) award. Bardin’s proposal, entitled Superconducting Nanowire Quantum Samplers, has requested a grant of $510,000 for three years. The 36 awardees were chosen from 383 research proposals. The ONR described the honor as “a defining moment” for the 36 grant recipients. Read ONR YIP press release.

The College of Engineering Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group has just launched a new website called the “Engineering Women's Faculty Forum” (e-WFF): The group consists of Erin Baker, Caitlin Butler, Eleni Christofa, Aura Ganz, Lixin Gao, Song Gao, Chaitra Gopalappa, Friederike Jentoft, Maureen Lynch, Jenna Marquard, Ana Muriel, Mi-Hyun Park, Sarah Perry, Shelly Peyton, Sue Roberts, and Jessica Schiffman.

On Friday, April 24, seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present, display, and demonstrate 21 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. The ECE will host its 25th annual Senior Design Project Day on campus, when 21 teams of seniors will unveil a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association will present Raphael Guzman (ECE ’88) with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the State House on April 23. The award honors alumni for outstanding and significant contributions of service to a particular community and to the university in the way of financial, volunteer, or advocacy support. Guzman’s award is part of a set of Distinguished Alumni Awards which each represent the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty, and friends.

In late March the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department held its 2015 Ph.D. Poster Session, in which Azadeh Sheikholeslami won first place and the Special Tang Award, Prasana Ravindran took second place, and Hongtao Wang took third.

Sheikholeslami’s poster title was “Leveraging an Ephemeral Key to Obtain Everlasting Security in Wireless Environments,” and the faculty advisor was Dennis Goeckel. Sheikholeslami’s award was sponsored by the Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment.

Dr. William Leonard, a senior lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, has been chosen by the Office of the Provost to receive a 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). The purpose of the DTA program, a feature of the UMass Amherst campus for 40 years, is to honor exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. Both faculty and graduate students, nominated by students or alumni, are eligible for this highly competitive award.  DTA winners are honored at both the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements.

The National Science Foundation has produced a lively and informative video about the revolutionary radar being developed and tested by the Engineering Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), a national organization centered in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. CASA Co-director Brenda Philips lucidly explains the new radar system in the NSF video. When forecasters predict the chance of approaching severe weather, the CASA radar system swings into action, conducting “smart” scans focused on geographical areas of greatest concern and giving a precise location.