Professor Casey Brown, director of the Hydrosystems Research Group, presented an invited talk at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris on June 15th. The occasion was the 12th Kovacs Colloquium on Water Related Sustainable Development Goals Implementation.
Professor Casey Brown and Research Professor Patrick Ray, along with PhD Candidate Umit Taner trained World Bank project managers in methods for assessing the risk of climate change to their investments. The one day training took place on June 8th at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC.
Professor DeGroot is traveling to Boston, MA where he and his co-PIs on the US National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network Project (RCN) "Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE): Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience" are organizing a two day workshop that is bringing together a network of U.S., and Caribbean engineers, geoscientists, ecologists, social scientists, planners and policy makers.
David Reckhow, civil and environmental engineering, and other scientists this week refuted claims by actor Mark Ruffalo that water in Flint, Michigan, is unsafe for bathing. “The news is pretty good when it comes to disinfection byproducts—they’re really not all that high,” Reckhow said at a May 31 press conference in Flint. Reckhow and other scientists found the level of byproducts to be comparable to amounts found in other cities.
Dr. Daiheng Ni served as one of two faculty advisors on the winning design for Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions, a category in the 2015-2016 TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The UMass engineering students on the team submitted a design titled Airport Secure Perimeter Control System (ASPECTS). Dr. Douglas Looze from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also served as an advisor.
Michael Knodler traveled to Madison, Wisconsin as part of the summer Safer "Simposium" as part of the Safer Sim UTC consortium led by the University of Iowa. As part of the meeting, Prof. Knodler presented on the status of the UMass Safer Sim activities and participated in several project-related meetings for collaborative Safer Sim projects.
UMass also sent 8 students to the meeting to present their research on topics related to driver behavior, traffic safety, and driving simulation.
Dr. Daiheng Ni attended The 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS’16) held on June 7 - 10, 2016 at Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, VA, USA.
He presented his research on "Designing air corridors for sUAS in consideration of aerial traffic hazards”. Conducted by his team including CEE honors students Anthony Battista (first author) and Jared Geller, this research examined various potential hazards that sUAS may encounter mid-flight and explored strategies to evaluate and mitigate their impacts.
Engineering is undoubtedly one of the most demanding majors at any university. Engineering students wouldn’t want it any other way. But that engineering degree of difficulty didn’t stop a passel of hard-pressed engineering students from standing out as intercollegiate competitors, sports stars, and Renaissance students this past year.
Dr. Christofa will attend the 1st Symposium on Management of Future motorway and urban Traffic Systems (MFTS) that will take place on June 2-3 in Chania, Greece to present her research on: "Reliability of transit vehicle arrival prediction using connected vehicle data." She will also chair one of the sessions and have the opportunity to meet with colleagues and discuss research collaborations.
On Saturday, May 7, the College of Engineering and Dean Tim Anderson celebrated the successful completion of another academic year by paying tribute to several award-winning students, honoring this year’s outstanding faculty award winners, and sending some 400 seniors into the engineering profession with words of wisdom, advice, and good humor.