NASA has selected an ocean-wind study led by Principal Investigator Chris Ruf of the University of Michigan to receive $151.7 million in funding over five years for a NASA mission involving small spaceflight investigations of the Earth system. Dr. Ruf earned his Ph.D. at the UMass Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and his advisor was Emeritus Professor Calvin Swift. The mission will use a constellation of small satellites carried into orbit on a single launch vehicle.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor C. Mani Krishna’s article, entitled “Managing Battery and Supercapacitor Resources for Real-Time Sporadic Workloads,” was the “Most Accessed” article during May of 2012 for the journal IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. His article was first published in vol. 3, no. 1, Mar. 2011, pp.
Michael Zink and Brenda Philips of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will serve as the lead investigators for the US Ignite program, a national “innovation ecosystem” for developing and deploying public sector applications and services on ultra-fast, software-defined networks to enhance the next generation of the Internet. The launch of the Ignite program was announced by senior officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and non-government partners.
The paper of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate student Jia Zhao was selected for the Best Paper Award at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Great Lakes Symposium on Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI), which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 3 to 4.
Alumnus Mark E. Russell, who earned his M.S. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1985, received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst at its 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Russell is the Raytheon Corporate Vice President of Engineering, Technology, and Mission Assurance. Russell was recently elevated to the honorary status of Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
A group of female faculty members from the College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science has received a Mellon Mutual Mentoring Team Grant to support women academics in their professional development. The goal of the project is to establish a sustainable network – what the UMass team calls an Engineering and Computing Women Faculty Group (ECWG) – which will provide mutual mentoring among female faculty of all ranks and varied backgrounds.
Talented and accomplished students from all four departments at the College of Engineering have won numerous awards, scholarships, fellowships, and other distinctions this semester on the national, regional, and campus level. They range from the prestigious National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, competing against the best undergraduates in the nation, to a host of awards presented by the chancellor.
Brushing our teeth and tuning a radio are activities that most people take for granted, but for some of us being able to do these simple tasks would be the chance of a lifetime. That’s exactly what happened on May 4 when 10 special education students from West Springfield Middle School visited UMass Amherst to test out engineering devices designed to make their lives much easier and more independent.