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Civil Engineering alumna Ruth Bonsignore (B.S. ’83) was one of five people named by Governor Charlie Baker to the State Transportation Board of Directors. The new board will oversee operations at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other transportation departments.

Bonsignore has three decades of consulting experience in transportation planning and design and most recently served as senior vice president at the Massachusetts-based consulting firm VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

Bonsignore has worked her way from staff...

The College of Engineering Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group has just launched a new website called the “Engineering Women's Faculty Forum” (e-WFF): http://www.umass.edu/e-wff/. The group consists of Erin Baker, Caitlin Butler, Eleni Christofa, Aura Ganz, Lixin Gao, Song Gao, Chaitra Gopalappa, Friederike Jentoft, Maureen Lynch, Jenna Marquard, Ana Muriel, Mi-Hyun Park, Sarah Perry, Shelly Peyton, Sue Roberts, and Jessica Schiffman.

As the website notes, “Our goal is the development of successful engineering female faculty members in...

Dr. Lutenegger recently gave an invited talk to about 220 engineers at the GeoVirginia symposium held on April 28 and 29, 2015 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. His talk was entitled “Challenges in the Design of Screw-Piles and Helical Anchors in Soils.” The venue included other notable well known geotechnical professionals including Dr. John Schmertmann, Professor Emeritas of the University of Florida, Dr. Harry Poulos, Professor Emeritas of the University of Sydney, Australia and Dr. G. Mesri, Professor of the University of Illinois.

Two College of Engineering undergraduate students were among the six so-called “Rising Researchers” designated by the UMass Amherst website Research/Next (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future). Link to Research/Next article: http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/rising-researchers. The two engineering winners are Chemical Engineering student Xuanting Wang ’16 and Civil Engineering student Marissa Shea ’15. The Rising Research program acknowledges the excellent work of UMass...

WASHINGTON – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2014-15 International Fellowship to Arianne Bazilio from Guyana. She is a doctoral candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.

When asked what her reaction was upon learning that she was...