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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has published an article about the $6,141,551 grant received by the UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) in the College of Engineering from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The large grant will support UMTC’s project to combine and run the state’s Local Technical Assistance Program, the Transportation Training Institute, and the Cooperative Research Program as one unit. The funding runs from February 2016 to the end of September 2018. Read UMass News Office release.

According to a long article in Wind Systems magazine, a team of researchers that includes two engineers from UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines that uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place in the ocean in industrial-scale, offshore wind farms. See UMass News Office releaseSee Renewable Engergy News article.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is one of the most noteworthy and commendable organizations on campus, a sort of Peace Corps for engineers in which the student members travel to disadvantaged countries and apply their education to improve the quality of life of local residents. Now you can become a virtual member of the UMass Amherst chapter of EWB by helping to fund wells in Kenya and Ghana that will deliver safe drinking water to many thousands of subsistence farmers who struggle for survival in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

On Monday, April 4th, Professor Carlton Ho accompanied Civil Engineering undergraduate students to the nearby Skinner State Park. The field trip was organized as part of the course CE-ENGIN 423, focused on Engineering Geology.

The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) has received an Interdepartmental Service Agreement (ISA) of $6,141,551 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to operate the Commonwealth’s Local Technical Assistance Program, the Transportation Training Institute, and the Cooperative Research Program as one cooperative unit.

According to UMTC Director Michael Knodler, “The most important aspect of the new ISA is that for the first time research and outreach efforts will be combined to foster innovation and speed implementation.”

Dr. A. Lutenegger, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering.

During the spring semester of 2016, seven students from the Chemical, Mechanical and Industrial, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments are participating in the college’s study abroad program by spending five months at Heriot Watt University, located in Edinburgh, Scotland. We say “thanks” and give the tip of a hat to Professor Sarah Perry for nominating two of the students and asking one of them, Meaghan O’Brien, to write her impressions of her experiences overseas.

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.

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