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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.

One measure of Pritzker’s success is that he repeatedly appears on the annual listing of outstanding lawyers in Super Lawyers...

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, ...

Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received official word from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, that he will be elevated to the status of Fellow “for contributions to integrated circuit design and signal processing.” As the IEEE announcement letter said, “Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the association’s most prestigious...

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated Professor Dennis Goeckel of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to the honorary position of Fellow, effective on January 1, 2011. Following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Board of Directors announced Dr. Goeckel’s recognition with the following citation: “for contributions to wireless communication systems and networks.

Dr. Goeckel heads the Wireless Systems Laboratory, whose...

Imagine being blindfolded and then turned loose, on your own, to navigate a large, strange building that you’ve never entered before. It would be like one of those sadistic, mean-spirited reality TV shows. Yet that’s precisely the predicament encountered by many of the 161 million people worldwide who suffer from vision impairment. Now an electronic system called PERCEPT, being developed by Professor Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, will allow visually impaired individuals, each equipped only with a three-ounce electronic device and Bluetooth headphone, to...

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department doctoral candidate Pritish Narayanan, a student of ECE Professor C. Andras Moritz (pictured), has received the Best Student Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Systems, held in Kyoto, Japan, from October 6 to 8. The title of the paper was “Parameter Variability in Nanoscale Fabrics: Bottom-Up Integrated Exploration,” and its co-authors include Dr. Moritz and ECE graduate students Michael Leuchtenburg, Prachi...

Raytheon recently signed an agreement with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to make Raytheon’s Principles of Systems Engineering (PoSE) course part of the College of Engineering curriculum. More than 5,200 Raytheon employees have completed PoSE, but this exciting partnership between two respected Massachusetts organizations marks the first time that PoSE has been taught for college credit to non-Raytheon graduate students and undergraduate seniors. The course, which began September 7 and has 29 enrolled students, is taught by David McLaughlin, professor of electrical and computer...

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst held its first annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon during Homecoming Weekend, on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The luncheon included the presentation of College of Engineering Outstanding Junior/Senior Alumni Awards to individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, epitomize the potential of an education at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering. The event happened from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the 10th floor Amherst Room of the UMass Amherst Campus Center.

Recipients of the College of...

On October 1, the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) was featured on the influential LiveScience website, which covered CASA’s Puerto Rican testbed. As the LiveScience article noted, “A team of CASA graduate and undergraduate students from several CASA partner institutions designed, assembled, and installed the "off-the-grid," solar-powered, and wireless radar system in a region of western Puerto Rico that the Doppler radar located south of San Juan cannot sense. The testbed covers a crucial 1.5 km-high gap in atmospheric weather-...

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Ph.D. student Xunyi Yu and adviser, ECE Professor Aura Ganz (pictured), won a Best Paper Contender prize at the 7th International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-Based Surveillance, held from August 29 to September 1 in Boston. Their paper, "Global Identification of Tracklets in Video Using Long Range Identity Sensors," developed a new system, using RFID sensors, to identify people captured in outdoor surveillance videos. This year at the conference, one paper out of the 63 accepted received the Best Paper Award, while another five...

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