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Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected by UMass Amherst to deliver one of the prestigious presentations in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series for academic year 2021-2022 and, in the process, receive the Chancellor’s Medal. The topic of Burleson’s lecture will be, "Embedded Security: An Ongoing Challenge for Healthcare." The dates for the 2021-2022 lecture series have not yet been set.

According to the UMass News Office, Daniel Holcomb, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, recently participated in a National Science Foundation media briefing on fundamental research and the future of semiconductors. Joining faculty from Duke University, Boston University, Stanford, and Penn State, Holcomb answered media questions related to semiconductors and the current global shortage of chips.

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the 2020-2021 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award. The college has also selected Assistant Professor Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the co-recipients of the 2020-2021 Barbara H. and Joseph J. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Victor Bahl ’97PhD and Jacob Lauzier ’07. Bahl will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Lauzier will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Alumnus Charles Jacco, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2002, has been named by the IT Services Report on its list of Top 25 Cybersecurity IT Executives for 2020. Jacco is a Principal / Partner at KPMG, and currently serves as the Americas Cyber Security Leader, US Cyber Defense Leader, and Global Financial Services Cyber Security Leader.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the the top public engineering program in New England.

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for a Sony Faculty Innovation Award of $100,000.

 

Guangyu Xu, an Assistant Professor and the Dev and Linda Gupta Endowed Professor in the ECE Department, is receiving a $500,000 award from the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

Join us virtually on April 9, 2021.  ECE's Dan Holcomb and colleagues from WPI, Yale, and Northeastern will bring together students, researchers, practitioners, and industry partners in the field of hardware security to share their work and foster new ideas.

The research of Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of three projects featured in an IEEE Spectrum article, titled “Three Frosty Innovations for Better Quantum Computers,” which examines the potential benefits of cryogenically freezing quantum computers.

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