On Friday, April 24, seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present, display, and demonstrate 21 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. The ECE will host its 25th annual Senior Design Project Day on campus, when 21 teams of seniors will unveil a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association will present Raphael Guzman (ECE ’88) with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the State House on April 23. The award honors alumni for outstanding and significant contributions of service to a particular community and to the university in the way of financial, volunteer, or advocacy support. Guzman’s award is part of a set of Distinguished Alumni Awards which each represent the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty, and friends.
In late March the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department held its 2015 Ph.D. Poster Session, in which Azadeh Sheikholeslami won first place and the Special Tang Award, Prasana Ravindran took second place, and Hongtao Wang took third.
Sheikholeslami’s poster title was “Leveraging an Ephemeral Key to Obtain Everlasting Security in Wireless Environments,” and the faculty advisor was Dennis Goeckel. Sheikholeslami’s award was sponsored by the Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment.
Dr. William Leonard, a senior lecturer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, has been chosen by the Office of the Provost to receive a 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). The purpose of the DTA program, a feature of the UMass Amherst campus for 40 years, is to honor exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. Both faculty and graduate students, nominated by students or alumni, are eligible for this highly competitive award. DTA winners are honored at both the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements.
The National Science Foundation has produced a lively and informative video about the revolutionary radar being developed and tested by the Engineering Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), a national organization centered in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. CASA Co-director Brenda Philips lucidly explains the new radar system in the NSF video. When forecasters predict the chance of approaching severe weather, the CASA radar system swings into action, conducting “smart” scans focused on geographical areas of greatest concern and giving a precise location.
The College of Engineering has chosen Professor John Tobiason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as the 2015 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award winner and Assistant Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the recipient of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The two awards will be presented at the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the UMass Amherst Recreation Center on campus.
Five outstanding undergraduates from the College of Engineering have won awards from the Alumni Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kelly Kennedy, a senior in Electrical Engineering, won a Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. In addition, juniors Myles Baidy of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Justin Calderara of Mechanical Engineering, Jose Lasalle of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and Eric Rice of Chemical Engineering received the William F. Field Alumni Scholars Award.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has chosen UMass Amherst as one of 12 colleges and universities to compete in the 2016 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. The interdisciplinary UMass team hails from the departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, as well as the Isenberg School of Management. A UMass Amherst team finished third in the inaugural DOE wind competition in 2014
Professor Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The UMass Amherst Fellows program provides a 50-percent course release for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as one month of summer salary. The ECE department will receive compensation for the teaching release at the rate of $7,000 in each of the two semesters of the fellowship.
Maura Maloney (University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985), the Principal Technology Business Operations Analyst at ESPN, visited campus on February 26th along with four of her colleagues from ESPN to give a presentation on “Women in Technology Careers” as part of the UMass Amherst Information Technology TechTalk series.