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Dr. Lutenegger recently attended the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Exposition (IFCEE) in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is held every three years and is sponsored by ADSC, DFI, PDCA, and ASCE to bring researchers and practitioners together to share the latest technological advances in deep foundations. Dr. Lutenegger presented three papers at the Congress “Uplift Resistance of Coated Driven Steel Piles”, “Tension Tests on Driven H-Piles in Sand and Clay” and “Uplift Tests on Shallow Cast-in-Place Enlarged Base Pedestal Foundations in Clay”. Two of the papers were...

The influential National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program has awarded Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst $500,000 to pursue her pioneering research on special “Algal-Sludge Granules,” which can produce their own oxygen during wastewater treatment, thus cutting electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing wastewater.

Butler’s CAREER project, which will study the relationship between algae and bacteria in Algal-Sludge Granules,...

Five outstanding undergraduates from the College of Engineering have won awards from the Alumni Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kelly Kennedy, a senior in Electrical Engineering, won a Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. In addition, juniors Myles Baidy of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Justin Calderara of Mechanical Engineering, Jose Lasalle of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and Eric Rice of Chemical Engineering received the William F. Field...

Assistant Professor Boris Lau of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study the behavior of natural and engineered nanoparticles in our waterways and water supplies. Lau’s CAREER project will not only inform the scientists who synthesize nanoparticles how to design them to be more environmentally friendly, but it will also provide invaluable information for removing nanoparticles in water...

Dr. Richard Palmer and graduate research assistant Katie Booras traveled to Baltimore, MD for the kick-off meeting of a new project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP).  The title of the project is “Developing a Basin-Wide Framework for Drought Forecasting and Planning in the Chesapeake Bay Region” and the project is funded over a two year period.  UMass teamed with the consulting firm Hazen and Sawyer to conduct this research.  This project will focus on the use of streamflow forecasts and their application...