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As states move into the digital age and adopt “pay as you go” fee collection for toll roads and bridges, parking, and even public electric car recharging, user privacy, identity theft, and fraud are increasing concerns. Now a team of University of Massachusetts and Brown University researchers, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Wayne Burleson at UMass Amherst, has launched a three-year, $1.17 million study to identify the most efficient, low-cost, and reliable ways to provide secure, private, and trusted transactions.

Alumnus Richard J. Bedard (B.S.C.E. 1973), a senior vice president at CH2M HILL, will give the 2010 Professional Practice Lecture, presented by Chi Epsilon and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department on April 29 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the ELab II Auditorium. His lecture will cover, “Almost Everything Your Professors and Mother Didn't Tell You About Civil and Environmental Engineering Careers.” Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Assistant Professor Dr. Chul Park was recently awarded a 2010 Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Award from the University of Massachusetts President's Office. Dr. Park will receive $25,000 to develop his patent-pending technology entitled "A New Sludge and Nutrient Reduction Method for Wastewater Treatment."

Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate student Amanda Keyes presented a talk on April 21st titled "Modeling DBPs in the NYC System with Free Chlorine or Chloramines as Residual Disinfectants" at the annual Water Event and Expo of the New York section of the American Water Works Association (NY-AWWA). The event took place at the Saratoga Hilton and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Professor David Ahlfeld presented a paper at the Groundwater Summit of the National Groundwater Association held in Denver Colorado April 11-14. He reported on recent research at UMass which demonstrated that substantial reductions in the energy used for pumping groundwater can be obtained by careful design of groundwater pumping and injection strategies. 

Dr. Michael Knodler gave an invited presentation on the topic of integrating engineering principles into the speed management process at the Lifesavers Annual Meeting, a national conference on highway safety priorities.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers took home the top prize at the 2010 Northeastern District 1 Traffic Bowl. The 'Jeopardy' style competition was held on April 7 at the sixth annual Transportation Student Research Symposium on the University of Connecticut campus. UMass Amherst was represented by transportation engineering graduate students Steven Tupper, Deanna Peabody, and Samuel Gregorio, as well as alternates Katrina Hecimovic and Radha Gomez.

Associate Professor Sergio Breña is travelling in April with an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) team as part of an effort to document and evaluate the performance of existing reinforced concrete buildings during the recent 8.8 magnitude Chilean earthquake. The ASCE team is made up of approximately 20 individuals participating in different aspects of the post-earthquake reconnaissance effort.

Three College of Engineering juniors – Daniel Bercht in Computer Systems Engineering, Brian Goss in Mechanical Engineering, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat in Civil Engineering – have each received $750 scholarships from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program was established in 1976 to recognize and honor 60 third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. 

On March 25th, Dr. Richard Palmer, a professor and the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Dr. Raymond Bradley, a distinguished professor in the Department of Geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, hosted a workshop at UMass Amherst on the “Effects of Climate Change on New England, a Call for Action.” The workshop was attended by more than 45 people, representing faculty from a variety of academic departments at UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, and Smith College. 

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