In late April, UMass Alumna Amy Bunszel ('91 M.S.) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was honored by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference as one of its “2021 Top 50 Women in Tech.” As executive vice president of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Design Solutions at Autodesk, Bunszel manages product strategy and execution for the company’s 3D design portfolio, including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Revit, and more.
Undergraduate Patrick Thompson (ECE) has received a United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to undertake his second, intensive, all-expenses-paid, eight-week, Chinese language program abroad this summer. He is already fluent in Mandarin Chinese and aspires to work in the semiconductor industry in a career that requires frequent travel to Asia.
Professor David Irwin (ECE) is part of an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team that has been awarded $3 million to make cloud computing more low-carbon, sustainable, and “green” by addressing its huge energy output.
Ali Abdel-Maksoud ’21, electrical engineering, and Nicholas Sbalbi ’21, chemical engineering, have been named Rising Researchers by UMass Amherst Research Next.
A new analysis published by the Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, found that areas with a high minority population were four times as likely to experience power outages than did predominantly white areas during February’s blackouts in Texas. The analysis was completed in collaboration with Zeal Shah, a Ph.D. student in Taneja’s STIMA Lab in the UMass ECE department, along with researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Colorado School of Mines.
Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected by UMass Amherst to deliver one of the prestigious presentations in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series for academic year 2021-2022 and, in the process, receive the Chancellor’s Medal. The topic of Burleson’s lecture will be, "Embedded Security: An Ongoing Challenge for Healthcare." The dates for the 2021-2022 lecture series have not yet been set.
According to the UMass News Office, Daniel Holcomb, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, recently participated in a National Science Foundation media briefing on fundamental research and the future of semiconductors. Joining faculty from Duke University, Boston University, Stanford, and Penn State, Holcomb answered media questions related to semiconductors and the current global shortage of chips.
The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the 2020-2021 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award. The college has also selected Assistant Professor Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the co-recipients of the 2020-2021 Barbara H. and Joseph J. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Victor Bahl ’97PhD and Jacob Lauzier ’07. Bahl will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Lauzier will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Alumnus Charles Jacco, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2002, has been named by the IT Services Report on its list of Top 25 Cybersecurity IT Executives for 2020. Jacco is a Principal / Partner at KPMG, and currently serves as the Americas Cyber Security Leader, US Cyber Defense Leader, and Global Financial Services Cyber Security Leader.