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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...

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Assistant Professor Sarah Perry and Professor William Curtis Conner of the UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering Department have each been awarded individual grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF). Perry received a two-year, $110,000 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant for a research project entitled "Designing the Liquid-to-Solid Transition in Polyelectrolyte Complexes.” Meanwhile, Conner was awarded a...

Jianhua Joshua Yang

Joshua Yang

One major thrust of Jianhua Joshua Yang’s research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is creating new kinds of memristor devices that, among other uses, can take humans into the so-called “last frontier” of computing: a computer that works like the human brain. No wonder that during his first year as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Yang has been awarded three impressive research grants totaling nearly $1.5 million.

The three grants include: $1,095,144 for phase I (an extra $500,000 is pending for phase II) from the Air Force Research...

The Rising Researcher Award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. The College of Engineering congratulates our six academic year recipients: seniors Michael Ng and Gregory Forbes of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department; seniors Gabriela Calinao Correa and Zachary Goodman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department; and junior Natalie Mako and senior Thomas McCarthy of the Chemical...