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UMass Amherst alumnus Patrick Ascolese, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2002, is currently working on République, an upcoming game for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, PC, and Mac. It is the first full-length project for Camouflaj, the new video game company he joined in 2011. In Republique players control a network of cameras, computers, and everything else electronic to keep a woman named Hope safe from pursuers. The idea for the game came from the increased surveillance people face on a daily basis, according to Ascolese.

Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been issued a five-year, $400,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to develop emerging nanoelectronic devices. The title of his project is “CAREER: Scaling of Memristive Nanodevices and Arrays." Xia’s NSF research addresses the biggest obstacle for the continued operation of Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.

Michael Zink of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the featured researcher in a video produced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the NSF-funded Global Environment for Networking Innovation (GENI) program. GENI is a fast, programmable "virtual laboratory" that enables university researchers to experiment on so-called future internets. GENI is also a key part of a White House Initiative called US Ignite, which aims to realize the potential of fast, open, next-generation networks.

On December 26, the Springfield Republican published a feature article on the DIORAMA emergency management software system being perfected by Professor Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Ganz has been awarded a four-year, $1.6-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue her research on her computerized disaster-management response system.

Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), an honor achieved by only one percent of that organization. She was cited by the ACM “for contributions to network protocols and internet routing.” Gao now becomes the first faculty member in the ECE department to earn selection as a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the ACM.

Effective December 1, Professor Christopher V. Hollot, the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department since 2007 and a UMass Amherst faculty member since 1984, has been appointed by university Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James V. Staros as the Interim Dean, replacing Ted Djaferis, who served admirably in that role for the last three and a half years.

The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), New England’s premier consortium of university, industry, and government leaders collaboratively facing cyber security challenges, has named doctoral student Georg T. Becker of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as the winner of its Best Cyber Security Solution. The event, designed to showcase New England’s emerging cyber security talent, was held at the November 15th ACSC Second Annual Conference, where students presented their work in poster format to national and regional cyber security experts.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department graduate alumnus Yong Liu, now an associate professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has won the best paper award at the 2012 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), presented by the Association for Computing Machinery. The paper is entitled "Video Telephony for End-consumers: Measurement Study of Google+, iChat, and Skype." The authors are: Yang Xu, Chenguang Yu, Jingjiang Li, and Liu. ECE Professor Weibo Gong was Liu’s advisor at UMass Amherst. The conference was held from November 14 to 16 in Boston.

The UMass Amherst News Office reports that on October 28 Deputy Director Brenda Philips of the College of Engineering’s Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) program joined engineer Eric Lyons and CASA Innovation Manager Apoorva Bajaj while the first CASA weather radar unit was installed by helicopter atop a building at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA).

On Friday, October 26, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department held its inaugural Ph.D. Poster Session in the Gunness Student Center of Marcus Hall, when 60 doctoral candidates presented their research in a fitting demonstration of the fine engineering work being carried out in the department.  “The motivation for the ECE Ph.D. Poster Session was to create greater awareness in our graduate student community,” explained ECE department head Christopher Hollot, “as well as for ECE’s faculty and staff, on the research topics conducted by our Ph.D.