A team of seven students from our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and our student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) won the Ethics Competition at the 2011 IEEE Region 1 Student Conference from March 25-27 at Boston University. The competition was sponsored by the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee and developed for use at IEEE student events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics by IEEE student and graduate student members.
Michael Zink of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department co-chaired the first DFG/GENI doctoral consortium, held March 13-15 in conjunction with the 10th GENI Engineering Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The consortium was jointly organized by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
David McLaughlin has been named to a National Academy of Sciences panel assessing the National Weather Service's Modernization Program. Dr. McLaughlin is the associate dean at the College of Engineering, the director of the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. During the 1980s and 1990s, NOAA launched a major program to modernize the National Weather Service (NWS), investing $5 billion to modernize NWS technologies and advance weather forecasting.
UMass Amherst will be hosting the XXIX IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) from October 9 to 12 of 2011. ICCD is a premier conference covering leading edge research on design and implementation of computer systems and their components. Professors Sandip Kundu and Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are on the organizing/program committee.
The whole College of Engineering joins in congratulating Assistant Professor Marinos Vouvakis of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the college’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Teacher. Dr. Vouvakis will be recognized with other award winners during the college’s Senior Recognition Celebration, to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center. “Professor Vouvakis has a desire to be one of the best teachers in our department,” says ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot.
Dr. Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the co-author of a new textbook, Architecture of Network Systems published by Morgan Kaufmann, which has been called “the most comprehensive book on network systems” published to date. As Wolf explains, “Basically, you would read our book in order to understand how to design the devices that make the Internet work.”
Following a school and personal record tying performance, Sean Busch, a senior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was named UMass Athlete of the Week on February 8. The senior helped the UMass Track and Field Team to a solid performance at the Giegengack Invitational on February 5 in Connecticut. Busch tied his personal and school record in the indoor pole vault that Saturday, reaching a height of 15-9. The mark was good enough for third place and also qualified him for the IC4A Championships.
Dr. Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the co-author of a new book, Architecture of Network Systems, which is part of the Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design. Dr. Wolf’s co-author is Dimitrios Serpanos, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Patras in Greece and the director of the Industrial Systems Institute/R.C. Athena.
In 1987, after Randy Pritzker had earned his B.S. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, he took a radical sidestep in his career by deciding to go to the Boston College Law School. That juke in his education proved to be a game breaker and led to his remarkable 21-year career as one of Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers” at the Wolf Greenfield law firm, one of the world’s leading legal specialists in intellectual property, or IP.
Anyone on dialysis knows the ravages of uncontrolled anemia: severe fatigue, hospitalization, and, in extreme cases, death. Now a team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is collaborating with a leading kidney specialist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., to design more effective protocols for dosing a key drug used for controlling anemia in dialysis patients. In dialysis patients the amount of the hormone erythropoietin, or EPO, produced by kidneys to manage the production of red blood cells and control anemia is significantly lower than in healthy persons, resulting in the diminished red blood cell production that characterizes anemia.