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During the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Engineering was fortunate to have six talented new faculty members join us from all four departments. Our new academics included John Klier, the head of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, Simos Gerasimidis and Kara Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Juan Jiménez and Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE)Department, and Guangu Xu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, ChE Professor Klier joined...

Prof. Sergio Brena recently delivered a short course on “Design of Simple Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders” at the Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (Lanamme UCR), a part of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

Brena was invited by researcher Ing. Rolando Castillo Barahona to discuss the advantages of prestressed beams, which are now used in many parts of the world.

These materials are particularly favored for their longevity; crucially, they are resilient to moisture, and so are less likely to become corroded in freezing climates, or in the humidity of...

The UMass Amherst Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) was recognized at the ITE 2016 Northeastern District Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, NH, as the district's Chapter of the Year. Chapter President Francis Tainter and Vice President Alyssa Ryan accepted the award.

UMass Amherst students were also recognized with numerous awards. Best Student Poster: Radhameris Gomez (1st), Francis Tainter (2nd), Aaron Keegan (3rd). Best Student Research Paper: Nicholas Fournier (1st, advancing to the national competition), Francis Tainter (3rd). Congratulations to...

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has published an article about the $6,141,551 grant received by the UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) in the College of Engineering from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The large grant will support UMTC’s project to combine and run the state’s Local Technical Assistance Program, the Transportation Training Institute, and the Cooperative Research Program as one unit. The funding runs from...

 

According to a long article in Wind Systems magazine, a team of researchers that includes two engineers from UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines that uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place in the ocean in industrial-scale, offshore wind farms. See UMass...