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Writing in Forbes, a leading international expert in weather and climate referenced a groundbreaking study published by the Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative as led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. “A new analysis by scientists reveals that minority populations were greater than four times as likely to suffer from an energy blackout than predominantly white areas,” wrote Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd.

A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has created an electronic microsystem that can intelligently respond to information inputs without any external energy input, much like a self-autonomous living organism. This is possible because the microsystem is constructed from a novel type of electronics that can process ultralow electronic signals and incorporates a novel device that can generate electricity “out of thin air” from the ambient environment.

Lixin Gao, University Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named the 2021–22 Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow as part of the celebrated Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellowship program. Among 1,383 international applications, only 2.4 percent were accepted as fellows for the Radcliffe program.

In late April, UMass Alumna Amy Bunszel ('91 M.S.) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was honored by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference as one of its “2021 Top 50 Women in Tech.” As executive vice president of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Design Solutions at Autodesk, Bunszel manages product strategy and execution for the company’s 3D design portfolio, including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Revit, and more.

Undergraduate Patrick Thompson (ECE) has received a United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to undertake his second, intensive, all-expenses-paid, eight-week, Chinese language program abroad this summer. He is already fluent in Mandarin Chinese and aspires to work in the semiconductor industry in a career that requires frequent travel to Asia. 

Professor David Irwin (ECE) is part of an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team that has been awarded $3 million to make cloud computing more low-carbon, sustainable, and “green” by addressing its huge energy output.

 

Ali Abdel-Maksoud ’21, electrical engineering, and Nicholas Sbalbi ’21, chemical engineering, have been named Rising Researchers by UMass Amherst Research Next.

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A new analysis published by the Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, found that areas with a high minority population were four times as likely to experience power outages than did predominantly white areas during February’s blackouts in Texas. The analysis was completed in collaboration with Zeal Shah, a Ph.D. student in Taneja’s STIMA Lab in the UMass ECE department, along with researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Colorado School of Mines.

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.

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