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Michael Zink of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the featured researcher in a video produced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the NSF-funded Global Environment for Networking Innovation (GENI) program. GENI is a fast, programmable "virtual laboratory" that enables university researchers to experiment on so-called future internets. GENI is also a key part of a White House Initiative called US Ignite, which aims to realize the potential of fast, open, next-generation networks.

On December 26, the Springfield Republican published a feature article on the DIORAMA emergency management software system being perfected by Professor Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Ganz has been awarded a four-year, $1.6-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue her research on her computerized disaster-management response system.

Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), an honor achieved by only one percent of that organization. She was cited by the ACM “for contributions to network protocols and internet routing.” Gao now becomes the first faculty member in the ECE department to earn selection as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the ACM.

Effective December 1, Professor Christopher V. Hollot, the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department since 2007 and a UMass Amherst faculty member since 1984, has been appointed by university Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James V. Staros as the Interim Dean, replacing Ted Djaferis, who served admirably in that role for the last three and a half years.

The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), New England’s premier consortium of university, industry, and government leaders collaboratively facing cyber security challenges, has named doctoral student Georg T. Becker of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as the winner of its Best Cyber Security Solution. The event, designed to showcase New England’s emerging cyber security talent, was held at the November 15th ACSC Second Annual Conference, where students presented their work in poster format to national and regional cyber security experts.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department graduate alumnus Yong Liu, now an associate professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has won the best paper award at the 2012 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), presented by the Association for Computing Machinery. The paper is entitled "Video Telephony for End-consumers: Measurement Study of Google+, iChat, and Skype." The authors are: Yang Xu, Chenguang Yu, Jingjiang Li, and Liu. ECE Professor Weibo Gong was Liu’s advisor at UMass Amherst. The conference was held from November 14 to 16 in Boston.

The UMass Amherst News Office reports that on October 28 Deputy Director Brenda Philips of the College of Engineering’s Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) program joined engineer Eric Lyons and CASA Innovation Manager Apoorva Bajaj while the first CASA weather radar unit was installed by helicopter atop a building at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA).

On Friday, October 26, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department held its inaugural Ph.D. Poster Session in the Gunness Student Center of Marcus Hall, when 60 doctoral candidates presented their research in a fitting demonstration of the fine engineering work being carried out in the department.  “The motivation for the ECE Ph.D. Poster Session was to create greater awareness in our graduate student community,” explained ECE department head Christopher Hollot, “as well as for ECE’s faculty and staff, on the research topics conducted by our Ph.D.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a two-year, $867,040 grant from the National Science Foundation to equip the campus with a high-bandwidth optical data network, dedicated to handling computational research information. This new cyber-physical infrastructure will separate research data traffic from the rest of the data traffic on campus and specifically benefit researchers who require high speed transport of very large data sets.

Electrical engineering junior Maxine Attobrah of Yonkers, New York speaks from good experience when she addresses high school students about finding a career path in college. “Be passionate about anything you want to do!” she advises. “Whatever you want to be, just make sure you love what you’ll be doing.” One thing Attobrah is passionate about is encouraging minority students like herself, as well as every young person everywhere, to follow their star.