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During the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Engineering was fortunate to have six talented new faculty members join us from all four departments. Our new academics included John Klier, the head of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, Simos Gerasimidis and Kara Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Juan Jiménez and Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE)Department, and Guangu Xu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.

Prof. Sergio Brena recently delivered a short course on “Design of Simple Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders” at the Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (Lanamme UCR), a part of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

Brena was invited by researcher Ing. Rolando Castillo Barahona to discuss the advantages of prestressed beams, which are now used in many parts of the world.

The UMass Amherst Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) was recognized at the ITE 2016 Northeastern District Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, NH, as the district's Chapter of the Year. Chapter President Francis Tainter and Vice President Alyssa Ryan accepted the award.

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.”

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