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UMass Amherst announces the creation of a seed fund by anonymous donors to support research of quantum information systems, including a lead gift in the amount of $5 million. The fund aims to bolster an existing creative and collaborative partnership between CICS and Engineering.

UMass Amherst researchers, including Michael Zink (ECE), are working on the next generation of teleconferencing, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the NSF. They’re part of a multi-institution team that is designing miVirtualSeat—an immersive meeting environment that better simulates the real-life feeling of in-person get togethers.

The university’s Cybersecurity Institute has secured a $4.4 million five-year NSF grant to continue its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS). Co-investigators include Dan Holcomb and Wayne Burleson, both of electrical and computer engineering.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

This fall the College of Engineering welcomes three very talented new faculty members to its ranks: Zachary (Zack) Westgate of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as an associate professor; Robert (Bob) Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as an assistant professor; and Stacyann Bailey of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department as an assistant professor.

Alumnus Parag Patel, who graduated from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2004, is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Invoiced, a leading accounts receivable automation platform, which was just named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Inc. claims that its 5000 List is the most prestigious ranking of its kind for rating emerging companies.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Gummeson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was a guest on BYURadio’s “Top of Mind” program exploring the concept of the human wrist serving as the charging dock for wireless wearable devices. Gummeson is part of a UMass Amherst team that has designed a prototype system called “Shazam,” which uses skin to charge smartwatches and other wearable devices such as health and fitness trackers.

Professor Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is retiring from UMass Amherst as of August 31 after more than 34 years of dedicated service to the ECE department and UMass Amherst. During her very fruitful time in the ECE department, Ganz has undertaken pioneering humanitarian research through her Mobile Evolution Lab, exerted a deep impact on the engineering curriculum, and helped to educate hundreds of young engineers.

Five College of Engineering faculty members are among the 46 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022. The College of Engineering ADVANCE Fellows are: Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering; Ashish Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering; Konstantinos Andreadis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Zink, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Shannon Roberts, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Professor Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was recently quoted by business columnist David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times exploring the new 60 GHz radar technology called “Soli” developed by Google and deployed by Amazon for tracking sleep patterns.

 

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