On Friday, October 20, the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold its eighth annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming Weekend. The college’s celebration will be held in the Marriott Room on the 11th floor of the Campus Center at UMass Amherst. The Homecoming Reception & Awards Celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. During the reception, the College of Engineering will present its Outstanding Senior and Junior Alumni Awards to eight individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, epitomize the potential of an education at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.
The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC), responsible for promoting transportation research, education, and training throughout the Commonwealth, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in the UMass Center at Springfield. The UMass Center, located in downtown Springfield, is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts and other area institutes of higher public education. The new office, which officially opened on September 1, provides a central location accessible to students at each school.
Zahra Anwar, who is pursuing a master’s degree in water resources engineering, is profiled on HydroWorld.com, a website created by the Hydro Research Foundation and its Hydro Review, the largest global hydro industry publication on the market. Anwar is studying how to construct ramps that allow catadromous American eels to migrate upstream where streams are dammed or have natural barriers. She hopes to find a job in the hydropower industry when she completes her studies.
This fall, the UMass Amherst College of Engineering welcomes five new faculty members: Ashish Kulkarni – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department; Yeon Sik Noh – Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Yadi Eslami – Senior Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Jun Yao – Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; and Chengbo Ai – Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Read more about their backgrounds and accomplishments.
The 2017 Academy of Distinguished Alumni Inductees have been selected:
Professor Michael Knodler, the director of UMass Transportation Center in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, is working with a team of investigators on a groundbreaking research program on unmanned aerial systems, which recently received one of the three Science and Technology Grants issued to campus faculty from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office. The UMass Unmanned Aerial System Research and Education Collaborative (or UMassAir) is being established to study unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, and advance cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, collaborative research and education. UMassAir received $100,000 in Science and Technology funds. See President’s Office Awards $735,000 in Science and Technology Grants.
On May 7, College of Engineering alumnus Krikor Ermonian ’52 passed away after leading a life rich in engineering accomplishments and generous philanthropy to the causes he believed in, including his alma mater. He was a career civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring after nearly 30 years of designing critical flood control structures throughout New England. See obituary
Dr. Eleni Christofa was named the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Outstanding Young Member Award for her exceptional service to the Transportation Research Board and achievements in the transportation profession. The TRB Outstanding Young Member Award, which was established in 2012, recognizes a distinguished younger member of a TRB standing committee who has demonstrated exceptional service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy, or practice. The award, which is administered by the Young Members Council, may be presented annually to a TRB volunteer who is 35 years of age or younger on April 15 in the year of the award. Nominations for this award are solicited broadly from the community. The award consists of a plaque and a $2,500 cash award supported by Stantec, Inc.
Professors John E. Tobiason and David A. Reckhow of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were the co-principal investigators/directors of the UMass Amherst implementation for the MassDEP-funded “Massachusetts Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water” (see report), which was covered extensively on May 3 through May 5 by three long feature articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. See Gazette, 5/3/17, Gazette, 5/4/17, and Gazette 5/5/17. Tobiason also did a presentation on the report’s findings at the Annual Water Quality Symposium of the New England Water Works Association on May 10.
On April 24 to 28, the UMass Amherst and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department hosted a World Bank training workshop for water managers from developing countries. According to a UMass News Office release, participants from six countries learned about risks associated with climate change and their potential long-term impacts on water infrastructure. CEE Associate Professor Casey Brown, one of the organizers of the training, said that “The engineering profession is at a change point. We need to design infrastructure to be resilient in a world of change. We had water planners from around the world here to learn how.” See Satellite PR News.