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A business briefs roundup in India West, the largest weekly East Indian newspaper published on the West Coast of the U.S., reported that a research team of engineers from UMass Amherst and policymakers from the World Bank is developing a centralized compilation of public data, or “knowledge platform,” to benefit 100-million people in India, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh who live near the Brahmaputra River basin in South Asia. The India West report was derived from a News Office release based on a College of Engineering news article.

Associate Professor Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a central participant in World Water Week, held from August 23 to 28 in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of World Water Week 2015 was “Water for Development.” The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) organizes the international conference annual event, the highest profile international meeting in the water world.

Master's student Nicholas Fournier has received the 2015 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. Fournier is in his second year of studying regional planning at UMass Amherst.

Professor John Tobiason of our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a prime interviewee for an August 16 Smithsonian magazine article commenting about The Drinkable Book, a remarkable publication made of pages that can purify water in developing countries using silver nanoparticles implanted in the paper. Researcher Theresa Dankovich of Carnegie Mellon University is the creative mind behind the technology, which she began researching as a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Research Assistant Professor Patrick Ray is part of a team of researchers in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department building a knowledge base about the Brahmaputra River in South Asia that will help scientists and water managers in the region. The project is aimed at alleviating poverty, improving hydroelectric and agricultural potential, and improving the overall lives of more than one billion people living near the river basin. Read related article at »

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from around New England and beyond. The director of SENGI was Paula Rees, who is also the director of the Diversity Programs Office at the college.

Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has received a $1,500 grant from the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) to serve as a Student Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Fellow for the coming academic year.