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Qualcomm has announced that Adam Polak of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was a 2011 recipient of the company’s Roberto Padovani Scholarship. Named after Roberto Padovani, who served as Qualcomm's chief technology officer for nearly a decade, the Roberto Padovani Scholarship is granted to Corporate Research & Development interns who have demonstrated technical excellence during their internships at Qualcomm.

An article written by Md Muwyid Uzzaman Khan, a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, won the best student paper award at the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems, which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 3 to 5. Khan is a graduate research assistant in the Nanoscale Computing Fabrics Lab on the research team of Professor C. Andras Moritz.

University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Krysten Moore of Mahwah, New Jersey, was once an overweight middle school student who, by her own admission, got “bullied ruthlessly” by her school mates. Now, a scant seven years later, the electrical and computer engineering major is a national advocate for bullying victims. She is a National Youth Ambassador for Love Our Children USA™, has educated more than 100,000 school children about bullying, and has won several New Jersey pageants to give her a platform for her cause.

As M5 Technologist in Residence Sean Klaiber puts it, “My interests pretty much all surround sound in one way or another.” That is certainly the case with the electronic Spinning Drum Machine that Klaiber and two students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department put together, partly from cannibalized parts, in M5.

Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won one of three Paper with Distinction awards presented at the Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on Cloud Computing 2011 (ACM SOCC 2011), held from October 26 to 28 at Cascais, Portugal. She wrote the paper with her visiting doctoral student, Yanfeng Zhang. It was an extremely competitive conference, with only 16 percent of the submitted papers accepted.

Rance Rodrigues, a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, finished third in the graduate category of the Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) Student Research Competition at that organization’s 20th annual conference in Galveston Island, Texas, from October 10 to 14. His paper was entitled "An Architecture to Enable Lifetime Full Chip Testability in Chip Multiprocessors."

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department graduate student Krzysztof Orzel has won The Spiros G. Geotis Prize, awarded for the best student paper and poster at the American Meteorological Society’s 35th Conference on Radar Meteorology, held from September 26 to 30 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orzel’s paper was entitled "Mobile X-band dual-polarization phased-array radar: system requirements and development." Orzel’s advisor is Professor Stephen Frasier of the ECE department.

Over the summer, members of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) were hard at work organizing outreach activities to benefit CASA’s students, industrial partners, and the general public. Through these outreach activities, CASA’s students were given opportunities to participate in various events to spread the word about CASA’s revolutionary research into observing, understanding, tracking, and predicting severe weather, while also saving lives.

When Vietnamese immigrant To Chong talks about the transformation in his life triggered by UMass, it brings to mind the metamorphosis from an earthbound larva in a milky green cocoon into a soaring black and gold monarch butterfly. Some 10 years ago, To arrived in this country as a senior in high school with very little ability to communicate verbally in English.

Professor Wei-Bo Gong of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been asked to be the plenary speaker at the 2012 Chinese Control Conference (CCC) next July in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province in China. “Since you are with high international reputation in the field,” wrote Han-Fu Chen, general chairman of the 31st CCC, “we would like to invite you to deliver a plenary talk at CCC'12.” Since 1979, CCC has been staged as an annual international conference, organized by the Technical Committee on Control Theory of the Chinese Association of Automation.