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A webcam system installed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) at the new Look Park roundabout in Florence will allow motorists to check out the traffic there before they ever leave home. The webcam setup, which goes live on the RTIC MassTraveler website ( on April 6, will also make it possible for highway officials to monitor how well the roundabout is controlling traffic. Before the roundabout was installed at the corner of Route 9 and Bridge Road, traffic was often backed up in all directions.

Prabhjeet Raj Singh – who earned his M.S. from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 2001 and is the vice president of Infinity Engineering Group, Ltd. of North Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada – was on campus in late March to accept his Outstanding Junior Alumni Award from Dean Ted Djaferis. “Recipients of this award are worthy ambassadors for the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their early careers,” as the citation reads.

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The Engineering and Architecture programs are sponsoring a tensile structure competition to design a cover for the Fine Arts Center courtyard. The competition is a team based project exploring the role of the F.A.C. courtyard as a gathering space for college events making this an opportunity to affect generations of students and visitors. (See attached flyer for details.)

The  7th Annual NEITE Student Research Symposium to be held at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst on Thursday, March 24, 2011.  This year is particularly special as the Symposium (7th annual) will be held in conjunction with the UMass Technical Day (12th annual) and the ITE Northeastern District Traffic Bowl (2nd annual). This presents a great opportunity to earn PDHs, while simultaneously supporting our students (a cause near and dear to those in the ITE family).  

Dr. Casey Brown hosted the 1st Annual UMass Hydroclimate Workshop on March 15, 2011. The event was well attended.  Representatives from UMass, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Metropolitan District, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, TransCanada,  MA Department of Conservation and Recreation,   New Hampshire Geological Survey, MA Division of Ecological Restoration, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Columbia University and Northeast River Forecasting Center attended.

Registration is open for the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s newest online wind energy course, "Engineering Wind Power Systems," developed by professors James Manwell and Jon McGowan, authors of the canonical engineering textbook Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application. The graduate level wind course draws on their experiences as wind energy pioneers to provide students with a unique perspective on both proven and state of the art technologies, as well as fundamental principles.

Professor Dario Gasparini will be giving the History and Heritage lecture on April 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm in the ELab II auditorium. His presentation is titled “Charles C. Sunderland, John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, and the Development of Bridge Technology in the U.S. – 1928-1952“.

"A New Paradigm Demand forecasting and the art of resource management"

Richard Palmer, CEE Department Head and Austin Polebitski, a CEE research assistant professor contributed to the Water Efficiency Journal article “A New Paradigm”.  They discussed their water demand model and its applications.