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Chemical Engineering Professor William C. Conner, Jr. has won the 2011 Senior Faculty Award, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Eric Polizzi has won the 2011 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. They will both receive their awards at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center. Assistant Professor Marinos Vouvakis of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was previously announced as the winner of the 2011 College Outstanding Teaching Award, and he will also receive his award at the ceremony on May 14.

A paper co-authored by Associate Professor Do-Hoon Kwon of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Antennas and Propagation Society to receive the inaugural 2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Edward E. Altshuler Prize Paper Award. Dr. Kwon was the lead author of the paper, entitled "Transformation Electromagnetics: An Overview of the Theory and Applications," published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 52, No.1, pp. 24-46, February 2010. His co-author was Professor Douglas H. Werner of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Penn State University.

Students from the College of Engineering have won four William F. Field Alumni Field Scholarships and two Senior Leadership Awards from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association. The awardees represent all four departments at the college. Our Field Scholars are: Daniel Abrams, civil engineering; Zachary Brentzel, chemical engineering; To Chong, computer engineering; and Carlo Domaoan, mechanical engineering. Caitlin Bogdan, mechanical engineering and classics, and Xiaoliang Yao, industrial engineering and operations management, won Senior Leadership Awards

Senior Sean Busch continued to rake in the accolades in March when, in the space of a few days, he shattered the UMass record in the pole vault and was tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for the indoor track and field season. The award follows a 2011 A-10 Title in the pole vault, brought home by Busch on February 18th. The Stow, Mass., native had tied the old school record of 15-9 twice this season and finally broke it on March 5 by soaring over 16 feet and a fraction of an inch. Busch topped off his landmark indoor track and field season by making the Academic All-Conference Team. In the classroom, Busch posted an impressive 3.7 grade point average as a senior electrical engineering major.

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. The competition consists of a presentation and a defense of a case analysis by each team of students.

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). GENI, short for Global Environment for Network Innovations, is a unique virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation, in which the brightest minds unite to envision and create new possibilities of future internets. “There were a couple of things I got out of chairing the consortium,” said Dr. Zink. “First of all, it was a pleasure working with these very talented and determined Ph.D. students and guiding them in finding new research topics on which they will work as international teams.” 

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. Because no complete assessment of the entire end-to-end NWS modernization enterprise has been done, Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an assessment of the now-completed NWS modernization.

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. As the conference website notes, “ICCD's multi-disciplinary emphasis provides an ideal environment for developers and researchers to discuss practical and theoretical work covering system and computer architecture, verification and test, design and technology, and tools and methodologies.” Go to http://iccd.et.tudelft.nl/2011/index.html for conference website.

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. “He has actively studied some of our most accomplished ECE teachers in action, and in similar fashion, has engaged the campus teaching community through his Lilly Fellowship.”

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.” Architecture of Network Systems shifts the emphasis of most books and courses on computer networks away from their protocols and the software they use to the hardware systems that are necessary to achieve high-performance, secure, and power-efficient data communication.