Over the summer, members of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) were hard at work organizing outreach activities to benefit CASA’s students, industrial partners, and the general public. Through these outreach activities, CASA’s students were given opportunities to participate in various events to spread the word about CASA’s revolutionary research into observing, understanding, tracking, and predicting severe weather, while also saving lives.
When Vietnamese immigrant To Chong talks about the transformation in his life triggered by UMass, it brings to mind the metamorphosis from an earthbound larva in a milky green cocoon into a soaring black and gold monarch butterfly. Some 10 years ago, To arrived in this country as a senior in high school with very little ability to communicate verbally in English.
Professor Wei-Bo Gong of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been asked to be the plenary speaker at the 2012 Chinese Control Conference (CCC) next July in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province in China. “Since you are with high international reputation in the field,” wrote Han-Fu Chen, general chairman of the 31st CCC, “we would like to invite you to deliver a plenary talk at CCC'12.” Since 1979, CCC has been staged as an annual international conference, organized by the Technical Committee on Control Theory of the Chinese Association of Automation.
Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and operations management expert Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management received a three-year, $909,794, National Science Foundation grant to address some of the difficulties with new protocols and services on the Internet. The project, "Network Innovation through Choice," is part of a $2.7 million collaborative project.
The project also includes the University of Kentucky, North Carolina State University, and the Renaissance Computing Institute of Asheville, North Carolina.
Graduate students Shuang Li of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Jean Cody from the School of Nursing have been named the 2011-2012 Hluchyj Fellows at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship was started by Dr. Michael Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and his wife, Theresa “Terry” Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the School of Nursing.
Arlindo Jorge, a member of the UMass Amherst class of 1950 and one of the first students to receive an electrical engineering degree here, died on September 14 at the age of 87. UMass presented Jorge with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and, among his many philanthropic interests, he endowed the Arlindo Jorge Scholarship Fund for students in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Jorge began his career with the Electron Tube Division of Sperry Gyroscope Company, developing high-powered final amplifiers (klystrons) for military radars.
Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been awarded approximately $295,000 for two years by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award Program to do an electronics project entitled “Programmable Front-Ends in Advanced Technologies.” Out of 407 applicants for the program, only 39 of what DARPA called “the nation’s brightest young scientists” were selected to receive grants totaling $11.7 million.
On September 23, Professor Aura Ganz (in right of photo) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will present her PERCEPT project, a seeing-eye building directory with electronic signposts for the visually impaired, at the Products and Technologies That Change People’s Lives Conference in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The College of Engineering welcomes five talented new faculty members to our ranks for the fall semester of 2011: Alice Azadeh Alipour and Caitlyn Butler in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department; Mario Parente and Marco Duarte in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; and Jessica Schiffman (pictured) in the Chemical Engineering Department. Their research interests include sustainable development, energy efficient water treatment, interplanetary remote sensing, signal, image, and data processing, and desalination and sustainable water purification.
Ilke Ercan, a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was the lead author of the Best Paper Award winner at the 11th Annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers NANO Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, from August 15 through 19. The paper, co-authored by her advisor, Professor Neal Anderson of the ECE department, was titled “Heat Dissipation Bounds for Nanocomputing: Theory and Application to QCA.” NANO is the flagship IEEE conference in Nanotechnology. The abstract follows.