North American Windpower reports that a team of researchers that includes Sanjay Arwade and Don DeGroot from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines which uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place for ocean-based, industrial-scale, offshore, wind farms. See News Office release.
Melissa Trombley, a graduate of our Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department in 2013, is a member of the team that is currently renovating the Old Chapel, the historic symbol of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Trombley is a project engineer with contractor Barr & Barr, the company charged with refurbishing the historic landmark and reincarnating it into a new life as the iconic center of the campus.
Talk about a grand slam! Five College of Engineering Undergraduates from all four engineering departments have won key awards and scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. See complete list
What happens when unmanned drone aircraft accidently wander into the airspace around airports and create hazards for commercial and other manned airplanes? One answer is a so-called “geofence,” or virtual boundary around airports. At Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, a group of students and faculty from the UMass College of Engineering is working on developing just such a geofence.
Dr. Lutenegger recently attended the ASCE Joint Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress held Feb. 11-17, 2016 in Phoenix, Az. He presented a paper at the Congress “Foundation Alternative for Ground-Mount Solar Panel Installations”.
More information about the Congress is available here.
Dr. Lutenegger will also give an invited lecture at the 40th Annual Iowa ASCE Geotechnical Conference in Ames, Iowa on March 8, 2016, entitled “Geotechnical Considerations for Design of Helical Piers”.
The development of the new Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee – a center started by UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., of Milford, Massachusetts – is attracting widespread media coverage, including articles in the Springfield Republican, Generalaviationnews.com, Airsoc.com, and Intelligent Aerospace. The new aviation center will conduct advanced aeronautical research and provide training for air traffic controllers, pilots, and other aviation professionals. Read UMass News Office release.
An article about the campus-based Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS), headed by Professor David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is one of the eight feature stories in the recently released UMass Amherst annual Report on Research (2015 Report on Research). WINSSS is a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems.
The New York Times recently cited an influential article in the academic journal Nature Climate Change, co-authored by Casey M. Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. In the Times article, Brown said that bringing engineers early in the planning process for major dams allows them to gauge ecological impacts at a time when changes can still be made.
Professor David Ahlfeld, the Associate Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), is involved in a three-credit independent study practicum that is exposing five CEE students and five students from the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation (Eco) to some of the technical and policy details of dam removal. This is a two-semester effort to involve the students directly in the dam removal process.
According to Professor Brett Towler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, CEE graduate alumnus Kevin Mulligan recently completed his Pathways Internship Program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and has accepted a professional position with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Towler is Mulligan’s adviser, an adjunct professor in CEE, a USFWS hydraulic engineer, and, along with Dr. Alex Haro (USGS) and CEE Professor David Ahlfeld, one of the creators of the Fish Passage community at UMass Amherst.