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Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected to serve on the Science Definition Team for DESDynI, a NASA space-borne radar mission meant to study “Earth Deformation, Ecosystem Science, and the Dynamics of Ice,” as the title of the project indicates. DESDynI is intended to be launched before the end of the decade. The Science Definition Team is a group of 15 scientists nationwide who are considered experts in their fields and who will help direct the formulation of the mission.  

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Sandip Kundu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to receive its 2012 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award and Assistant Professor Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department to receive its 2012 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Associate Professor James Rinderle of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was previously selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Teaching Award.

On Friday, April 20, the 22nd annual Senior Design Project Day at the University of Massachusetts Amherst unveiled 20 creative, useful, and socially conscious electronic inventions produced by seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE). The event was a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future. This year’s inventions included devices that assist special needs students perform important everyday activities independently.

Associate Professor Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received a Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research, worth more than $40,000 for the 2012-13 academic year, from Harvard University.

Five highly accomplished engineering students will be honored on April 1 by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association at its Scholarships & Awards Reception, held at 10:00 a.m. in the Marriott Center on the 11th Floor of the Campus Center on campus. Chemical engineering major Aidan Gilchrist ’13, electrical engineering major Dustin Lagoy ’13, civil engineering major Timothy Light ’13, and mechanical engineering major Natalie Zucker ’13 will receive William F. Field Alumni Scholarships, while mechanical engineering major Andrew Erwin will receive a Senior Leadership Award.

On April 4, Professor David J. McLaughlin from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering presented "Chasing Interdisciplinarity while Chasing Tornadoes" as part of the 2011-2012 UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. McLaughlin also received the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty by the campus.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Sacramento Bee recently ran a long feature story on the radar system being installed by the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas.

On February 21, the Springfield Republican published a long feature article on Krysten Moore, a 22-year-old electrical and computer engineering major, national anti-bullying spokesperson, and founder of a non-profit organization called Students Helping Instill New Esteem. She has spoken at more than 100 schools about the dangers of bullying.

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department unveiled his “Art in Nanoengineering” exhibition during an opening on February 16 at the Smith College Campus Center. Professor Xia gave a slide presentation from 6:00 until 6:25 p.m., followed by a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nolen Art Lounge, where the art exhibition was held. Ten fantastic pictures that were totally unexpected from his previous research were on display.

When UMass Amherst alumni Mike and Terry Hluchyj created a fellowship in 2008 to support one graduate student per year from the College of Engineering and one from the School of Nursing, Terry Hluchyj summarized their motivation this way: “Quality healthcare ranks among the most important issues our society faces, and the collaborative research initiatives between nursing and engineering at UMass Amherst can make a real difference.” Indeed, during the ensuing four years, the Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship has done just that.