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Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received a three-year, $499,998 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his pioneering project on near-sensor and in-sensor analog computing.

 

Assistant Professor Robert Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was recently used as an expert source for an article in Forbes to comment on groundbreaking quantum architecture and a glass quantum computer chip produced by the IonQ company.

 

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the co-principal investigator for an initiative to advance scalable manufacturing processes that enable commercial fabrication of ultra-thin “metalenses” to help control light and remove imaging abnormalities in many electronic devices.

UMass Amherst announces the creation of a seed fund by anonymous donors to support research of quantum information systems, including a lead gift in the amount of $5 million. The fund aims to bolster an existing creative and collaborative partnership between CICS and Engineering.

UMass Amherst researchers, including Michael Zink (ECE), are working on the next generation of teleconferencing, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the NSF. They’re part of a multi-institution team that is designing miVirtualSeat—an immersive meeting environment that better simulates the real-life feeling of in-person get togethers.

The university’s Cybersecurity Institute has secured a $4.4 million five-year NSF grant to continue its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS). Co-investigators include Dan Holcomb and Wayne Burleson, both of electrical and computer engineering.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

This fall the College of Engineering welcomes three very talented new faculty members to its ranks: Zachary (Zack) Westgate of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as an associate professor; Robert (Bob) Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as an assistant professor; and Stacyann Bailey of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department as an assistant professor.

Alumnus Parag Patel, who graduated from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2004, is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Invoiced, a leading accounts receivable automation platform, which was just named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Inc. claims that its 5000 List is the most prestigious ranking of its kind for rating emerging companies.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Gummeson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was a guest on BYURadio’s “Top of Mind” program exploring the concept of the human wrist serving as the charging dock for wireless wearable devices. Gummeson is part of a UMass Amherst team that has designed a prototype system called “Shazam,” which uses skin to charge smartwatches and other wearable devices such as health and fitness trackers.

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