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When the UMass Rising campaign began in 2010, the College of Engineering set its sights on raising $33 million to support talented students, first-class faculty, buildings and infrastructure, research and programs, and the Annual Fund. By the time the campaign ended on June 30 this year, the college had exceeded that ambitious goal, achieving a total of $34,618,236 in gifts and commitments from alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations.

“Our loyal and generous alumni and friends made this campaign a great success,” said Amy Schrom, the...

Jungwoo Lee

Jungwoo Lee

Professor Jungwoo Lee of our Chemical Engineering Department was recently the co-author of an article published in Biomaterials Research that reports a new advance in human tissue engineering applied to mouse models. BioMed Central later asked Professor Lee to explain this research in a blog article. As part of a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Lee and his colleagues developed a new bioengineering strategy to improve...

Juan Jiménez

Juan Jiménez

Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received an Innovation and Career Development Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), awarded to early career professionals to promote career development in the field of biomedical engineering. Dr. Jiménez was awarded the honor due to his impressive body of work related to biomedical engineering.

Dr. Jiménez was initially attracted to the field of biomedical engineering as a Princeton Ph.D. student in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering while attending an American...

ASPECTS team and their demo drone

ASPECTS team with drone

The student team of UMass electrical engineering majors Alex Breger, Chris Boselli, Jason Danis, and Sandra McQueen received first place for the winning design in the “Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions” category of the 2015-2016 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The team’s winning design would establish a virtual “geofence,” similar to an invisible fence for dogs, around the perimeter of an airport to keep drones from intruding into that airspace and creating hazards for...

The 2017 U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings are out, and the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst is once again the top public engineering college in New England. Coupled with a top thirty ranking for the full University of Massachusetts Amherst, one may ask: "What places us here?  Why are we a destination of choice for an affordable and excellent engineering education?" Well, the data collected in the rankings points to the quality of our research and academic programs, but, more importantly, it is the outstanding work and reputation of our faculty,...

Brenda Philips

Brenda Philips

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.

As Ellis County Judge Carol Bush said at a press conference immediately following the tornado, “With the CASA radar system in the Midlothian area, it gives a...

Ashley Kaiser

Woody Allen famously said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If students in the College of Engineering want to take advantage of this basic premise from “Life 101,” then their first step toward success is to show up at the brand new Experiential Learning Center in Marston Hall 112 and check out the myriad ways for jumpstarting their careers.

What exactly is “experiential learning” anyway? In short, it means learning from hands-on, first-hand experience. That’s what the Experiential Learning Center is all about.      

There, learning by experience is the...

Jenna Marquard

Jenna Marquard

For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this regimen, team leaders Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Deepak Ganesan, computer science, recently received a four-year, $1.71-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-use device similar to a fitness tracker for maintaining a medication regime. See articles in...

Casey Brown

Casey Brown

The New York Times recently cited an influential article in the academic journal Nature Climate Change, co-authored by Casey M. Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. In the Times article, Brown said that bringing engineers early in the planning process for major dams allows them to gauge ecological impacts at a time when changes can still be made. He also said engineers need to consider the impact of an entire...

During the last two weekends in January, College of Engineering faculty and students were involved in two separate workshops that used exciting, educational, and entertaining projects to inform Girls Scouts about the rudiments of chemistry, electronics, and engineering. Some of the products included the gooiest substance since the Ghostbusters got slimed and jewelry that lights up like fireflies on an August night.

Over the weekend of January 23 and 24, Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department collaborated with Anne Gershenson of the Department of Biochemistry and...