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Co-principal-investigator (co-PI) Michael Zink and Senior Research Scientist Eric Lyons of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department were key members of the multi-disciplinary team from UMass Amherst and three other institutions that created the Dynamic Network-Centric Multi-Cloud Platform, or DyNamo, a weather-forecasting device which won two awards at the inaugural SCinet Technology Challenge in November of 2019. Together, researchers from the four collaborating institutions developed a platform to improve weather forecasting and predict severe weather events in real time.

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The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2020 outstanding alumni awards. Honorees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and four Outstanding Young Alumni.

Professors Qiangfei Xia and Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department have published yet another in a long series of papers in the prestigious family of Nature academic journals, this one in the latest issue of Nature Electronics. In this paper, the two ECE researchers and their research team described their construction and operation of a three-dimensional (3D) circuit composed of eight layers of integrated memristive devices in which the novel structure makes it possible to directly map and implement complex neural networks.

Tilman Wolf, senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor, department of electrical and computer engineering has received a Distinguished Teaching Award for exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. This campus-wide honor is the only student-initiated award on campus.

UMass Amherst alumnus Mark E. Russell, who earned his MS degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1985, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” engineering rankings are out, and UMass Amherst Engineering rose two slots to #56 overall and remains the #31 public in the nation and #1 public in New England. 

There is international news coverage of a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a device developed by Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department. So far, the breakthrough has been reported internationally in more than 45 media outlets, including: Science, The Science Times, The Engineer [U.K.], Market Insider, Popular Science, Cosmos, Environmental Journal, Digital Information World, The Weather Channel, Good News Network, EcoWatch, Phys.org, Nanowerk, The Naked Scientists [BBC], News Office release.

As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have​ developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” says Yao. The device, called "Air-gen" generates clean energy 24/7.  It could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.

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Professor Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been chosen as one of the speakers in the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, which celebrates the value of academic excellence and recognizes the distinguished achievements of faculty. Those chosen for the series also receive the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the UMass campus. The proposed topic for Professor Yang’s talk is “Towards a Brain-like Computer.”

A paper published in the prestigious journal Nature in October and co-authored by Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is ranked Number 12 in the annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights of research published in 2019. The list includes research papers that have generated outstanding international online attention and discussion. Altmetric tracks and analyzes the online activity associated with scholarly research.

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