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A group of brilliant and dedicated students from the College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department managed to hold a very Successful HackUMass VIII, which they ran on December 19 and 20 in a totally virtual format because of the pandemic. According to the lead for the event, undergrad Kevin Sie of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, “Overall, I believe the event went smoothly considering it was the first virtual hackathon that we hosted.”

Several faculty and students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department were recognized for innovative research, creativity, and impact for the greater good at Supercomputing 2020 (SC20), the largest international conference for high-performance computing, held in November.

The Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, a multi-university partnership led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, recently released a service for forecasting household electricity consumption in Kenya using satellite imagery.

Geek Tech online (“Everything about technology and gadgets”) has included a new device developed in the laboratories of Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovley of the Microbiology Department on its listing of “most interesting scientific discoveries of the year.”

Associate Professor Marco Duarte of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SPS Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, which will be recognized at the 2021 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, & Signal Processing (ICASSP) Awards Ceremony.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department doctoral students Akansha Singh Bansal and Noman Bashir, both advised by ECE Professor David Irwin, won prizes at the “Lightning Talks Competition” during the Energy Data Analytics Symposium, hosted by the Duke University Data Analytics Lab on December 8 and 9.

Professor Ramakrishna Janaswamy of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently released his groundbreaking eBook, Engineering Electrodynamics: A collection of theorems, principles, and field representations, published by IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics).

Professor Joseph Bardin (principal investigator) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst and College of Engineering and Dean Sanjay Raman (co-principal investigator) have received a $500,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), administered by the Office of Naval Research.

Six new members are now serving on the all-important Dean’s Advisory Council. The newest members are: Kokui Adesokan (B.S. 2009 Chemical Engineering); Rena Bizios (B.S. 1968 Chemical Engineering); Ruth Bonsignore (B.S. 1983 Civil and Environmental Engineering); Divi Gupta (B.S. 2000 Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 2006 Electrical and Computer Engineering); Adam Miller (B.S. 1993 Civil and Environmental Engineering); and Edward Price (B.S. 1990 Chemical Engineering).

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi and his Post Doctoral Research Associate Andrew McClung of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have received a Manning/Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Award from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The main objective of the funded project is to demonstrate prototypes of a solid-state, low-cost, miniature lidar system with high resolution, low power consumption, and large field-of-view.

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