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Professor Emeritus David Pozar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Field Award for Distinguished Achievement. Pozar was selected by the AP-S “for significant contributions to the electromagnetic analysis, development, and design of microstrip phased arrays and reflectarrays, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

UMass ADVANCE has announced the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows, and it includes five engineering faculty — one from each department.


Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, is the principal investigator on a very significant, $1,474,272 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Yao’s project is developing ultra-low-power electronic components and systems for signal retrieval, processing, and storage with power consumption similar to biological systems in living organisms, which require much less power than currently available in electronics manufactured by humans.

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph BardinSong GaoCarlton L. Ho, P.E.Matthew A. LacknerJenna MarquardYahya Modarres-SadeghiHossein Pishro-NikAshwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor.

The NSF has awarded Principal Investigator Michale Zink (ECE) a two-year, $750,000 grant to develop new architectures and tools for the safe, efficient, and economic operation of drones - a vital project called FlyNet.

Jacob Lauzier, an alumnus of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named to Business West’s list of Top 40 Professionals Under 40. Lauzier, aged 35, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of the MachineMetrics company, which he helped to develop as a successful startup company, beginning in 2014, and has grown to employ more than 50 people.

Alumna Karen St. Germain, who earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department while doing research in The Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL), has been named the new Earth Science Division director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department coauthored an pioneering new report, titled Grand Challenges for Embedded Security Research in a Connected World, resulting from a forward-looking workshop on Leadership in Embedded Security, as sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC).

Dr. Colin J. Gleason (Principal Investigator) of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a four-year, $779,966 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade.