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An article in the Journal for Civil Aviation Training reports that UFA, Inc., a developer of air traffic control simulation systems based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has delivered an ATTower air traffic control simulator to the Transportation Center in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.

The UMass ASCE Student Chapter received an honorable mention for their activities as reported in their last annual report. The group was selected by the ASCE Committee on Student Members to receive a Letter of Honorable Mention for their outstanding activities as recorded in the 2017 chapter annual report. This recognition received by only the top third of all Student Organizations. 

By some estimates, more than 1,000 American citizens have lost their lives in Puerto Rico as one chilling aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 17, 2017, and the whole island is still imperiled by the immediate risk of waterborne illness due to lack of purified water. In answer to this national emergency, a group of dedicated, highly-principled, and brilliant students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst raised enough money to visit Puerto Rico from January 2 to 14 and carry out an intensive campaign of water purification, water contamination education, the distribution of food and medical supplies, and other forms of physical and emotional support for the ravaged island.

UMass Amherst student Nicholas Fournier was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as the New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year for region one. This prestigious award by U.S. DOT honors outstanding students from each participating University Transportation Center. Students are selected based on a competitive selection process reviewing students’ research, academic records, professional experience, and student leadership.

The Arctic region is among the places on earth most profoundly impacted by recent climate changes. For example, according to the New York Times, each year Greenland loses 270 billion tons of ice as the planet warms, a rate that would contribute about two inches to sea level rise by the end of the century. Now Assistant Professor Colin Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year grant of $529,000 from the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to make a groundbreaking study of the Arctic hydrologic cycle by using a combination of field work, remote sensing, and computer modelling.

What will the marvelous future of “connected vehicles” mean for drivers in the real world? To answer this crucial question, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development is collaborating with the University of Massachusetts to award Associate Professor Daiheng Ni of our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department a four-year research grant so he can explore connected vehicle technology. As Professor Ni explains, “The outcome of this research can serve as the input to better powertrain management and further optimize vehicle control that can potentially transform the way that we drive in the future while helping save lives and fuel.”

Colin Gleason, an Assistant Professor in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was part of a huge, UCLA-led, 23-person team whose 2015 research on the Greenland ice sheet recently graced the front page of the December 5th New York Times and could revolutionize how scientists regard sea-level rise due to climate change.

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Dr. Eleni Christofa is attending the 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC from January 7-10 where she will be presenting six papers:


Below are Dr. Casey Brown's recent travel:

Dr. Ni is traveling to attend The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting. This is the venue that transportation professionals come together, sharing ideas, seeking collaboration, and networking. He have three papers accepted by the conference and will present them in their corresponding poster sessions:


- Michael Plotnikov, Daiheng Ni*, and John Collura. The State of the Practice of UAS Applications in Transportation. Online compendium (Paper # 18-03694). The 97th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 2018.