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A multi-institutional team led by Paul Siqueira (ECE) has been awarded a $4.5 million NASA contract to develop a sensing instrument capable of characterizing the depth and density of North American snowpack with unprecedented accuracy.

 

Alumni Jose LaSalle and Alex Nichols (both of ECE) were two of the four members of team HEMPAX, which finished in second place during the Executive Pitch Challenge in November, winning a $3,000 prize. 

 

College of Engineering faculty and students were part of the research team that developed Sundown, a computer model for residential solar fault detection featured in a recent article in PV Magazine. 

UMass Amherst will continue to play a lead role in protecting the nation’s computing networks and infrastructure through a $4.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant issued to the university’s Cybersecurity Institute through the NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program (SFS).

 

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received a three-year, $499,998 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his pioneering project on near-sensor and in-sensor analog computing.

 

Assistant Professor Robert Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was recently used as an expert source for an article in Forbes to comment on groundbreaking quantum architecture and a glass quantum computer chip produced by the IonQ company.

 

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the co-principal investigator for an initiative to advance scalable manufacturing processes that enable commercial fabrication of ultra-thin “metalenses” to help control light and remove imaging abnormalities in many electronic devices.

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.

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