As the baseball season approaches with the speed of a 98 mph fastball, we are reminded that batting .500 would be a Hall of Fame batting average for anyone. That’s exactly what the College of Engineering will be hitting on April 7, when up to $65,000 in funding will be at stake during the annual Shark Tank-style contest taking place at the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Final Competition. There, three of the six finalists will be teams featuring engineering students! You can be there to hear the final teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who will award big-money prizes to various deserving winners.
Doctoral student Seyedeh-Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been awarded a fellowship of $6,000 from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT-S) Society Graduate Fellowship program. Ms. Montazeri’s Ph.D. advisor is Professor Joseph Bardin.
Talk about a grand slam! Five College of Engineering Undergraduates from all four engineering departments have won key awards and scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. See complete list
In the summer of 2005, William Leonard of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was having lunch with ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot, and they had one of those “OMG moments” that change the course of human events.
Graduate student Sheila Werth of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won Best Oral Presentation at the 7th Conference on Weather, Climate, Water, and the New Energy Economy, which was part of the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, held on January 10-14, in New Orleans. Her talk was entitled "Evaluating Parameters for Species-Based Classification of Bird Radar Echoes for Wind Energy Site Assessment." Her ECE faculty advisor is Stephen Frasier. See the abstract »
Nicholas Bowen, an alumnus of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received a major award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to a press release issued by the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, the ACM has named Bowen, an industry professor in the systems & software division at the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens, as a 2015 Distinguished Engineer, one of just five ACM members to be honored with the Distinguished Engineer award this year. Bowen recently joined Stevens after a three-decade career at IBM. Read the Stevens Institute press release.
The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) was a large factor in the designation of UMass Amherst as a “StormReady” institution by the National Weather Service (NWS). It was the first such designation awarded to a public university in Massachusetts. During the NWS assessment, UMass Amherst was recognized for its emergency preparedness program, 24-hour warning point capabilities for severe weather, and the CASA project, led by our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, which has spent the last decade developing a revolutionary radar system for tracking tornadoes and other severe storms.
Officials in Ellis County, Texas, are crediting the recently installed radar system created by our Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) with being at least partially responsible for saving lives and greatly reducing injuries during the very dangerous tornado that touched down in the Ellis County town of Midlothian, south of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, during the December 26 Tornado outbreak.
Two highly accomplished alumni of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and recent recipients of the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards have just been elevated to IEEE Fellows, the highest level in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional society. The new IEEE Fellows are: Massoud Amin, B.S. '82, M.S. '85, ECE, a 2013 Outstanding Senior Alumni Recipient; and Vishal Misra, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’00, ECE, 2014 Outstanding Junior Alumni Recipient.