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The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

Professor Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department is quoted in an article for the Berkshire Eagle about frequent water outages in the Briggsville Water District in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Brown said, “Water utilities face a trillion dollars of construction and replacement costs to maintain their systems. The little towns are just going to defer maintenance. And you’ll have systems like this that are leaking water and not very reliable.”

After more than 13 successful and productive years at the College of Engineering and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Dr. Richard N. Palmer is retiring. Professor Palmer, who stepped down as head of the CEE department in September of 2019, has been serving as the university director of the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) since he led its founding in 2012.

This fall the College of Engineering welcomes three very talented new faculty members to its ranks: Zachary (Zack) Westgate of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as an associate professor; Robert (Bob) Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as an assistant professor; and Stacyann Bailey of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department as an assistant professor.