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Professor Daiheng Ni's Longitudinal Control Model (LCM), a mathematical model that captures vehicle dynamics in road traffic, has been implemented by Caliper in its TransModeler traffic simulation software as one of the underlying algorithms of traffic flow modeling. Derived from first principles, LCM model is a state-of-the-art tool to help transportation engineers analyze highway traffic flow, congestion, and mitigation. Caliper Corporation (https://www.caliper.com/) is a technology leader in the development of geographic information systems (GIS) and transportation software. It is well known in the transportation profession for its TransCAD® transportation planning software and TransModeler® traffic simulation software.

Five of the best and brightest academics from the College of Engineering (COE) have been chosen to receive COE’s 2017-2018 Outstanding Faculty Awards. Professor Russell Tessier was selected for the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award. The review committee designated Assistant Professors Caitlyn Butler and David Irwin as joint awardees for the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Finally, Professors Matthew Lackner and Shelly Peyton were named the co-recipients of the COE Outstanding Teaching Award. All five award winners will be recognized during the COE Senior Recognition Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

An article in the Journal for Civil Aviation Training reports that UFA, Inc., a developer of air traffic control simulation systems based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has delivered an ATTower air traffic control simulator to the Transportation Center in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.