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Professor Michael Knodler, the director of UMass Transportation Center in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, is working with a team of  investigators on a groundbreaking research program on unmanned aerial systems, which recently received one of the three Science and Technology Grants issued to campus faculty from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office. The UMass Unmanned Aerial System Research and Education Collaborative (or UMassAir) is being established to study unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, and advance cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, collaborative research and education. UMassAir received $100,000 in Science and Technology funds. See President’s Office Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants.

On May 7, College of Engineering alumnus Krikor Ermonian ’52 passed away after leading a life rich in engineering accomplishments and generous philanthropy to the causes he believed in, including his alma mater. He was a career civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring after nearly 30 years of designing critical flood control structures throughout New England. See obituary

Dr. Eleni Christofa was named the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Outstanding Young Member Award for her exceptional service to the Transportation Research Board and achievements in the transportation profession. The TRB Outstanding Young Member Award, which was established in 2012, recognizes a distinguished younger member of a TRB standing committee who has demonstrated exceptional service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy, or practice. The award, which is administered by the Young Members Council, may be presented annually to a TRB volunteer who is 35 years of age or younger on April 15 in the year of the award. Nominations for this award are solicited broadly from the community. The award consists of a plaque and a $2,500 cash award supported by Stantec, Inc.