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Michael Smith, the technical training specialist in the UMass Transportation Center, which is part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, offered some wise, optimistic, and helpful comments in a news article for the Greenfield Recorder about his experiences working remotely from home during the COVID 19 pandemic. “The opportunity to have this kind of time with family doesn’t come along all that often,” said Smith, 50, of Heath.

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The STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group, containing three College of Engineering Faculty members, has received one of the four new mutual mentoring grants, funded for up to $6,000 a year, by the UMass ADVANCE team. Among other UMass faculty, the STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group includes Dr. Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Sarah Perry and Dr. Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department. 

See UMass ADVANCE Honors Seven Faculty with Mentoring Awards.

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2020 outstanding alumni awards. Honorees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and four Outstanding Young Alumni.

Unsafe drinking water is responsible for at least 500,000 deaths every year in low- and middle-income countries, where households might use many different sources of water, and family members might therefore contact pathogens from various water supplies. That critical problem was the issue being tackled by Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department when she was selected as a UMass Center for Research on Families (CRF) Research Fellow for 2020-2021.

Professor Sanjay Raja Arwade of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is one of seven UMass faculty members from across six departments and five colleges chosen as 2020 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the UMass Public Engagement Project (PEP).

 

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” engineering rankings are out, and UMass Amherst Engineering rose two slots to #56 overall and remains the #31 public in the nation and #1 public in New England. 

According to the UMass News Office, Michael Smith, a program director and technical training specialist within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s UMass Transportation Center and Baystate Roads, has been working with Physical Plant Landscape and Construction Services staff to introduce the use of salt brine as a roadways anti-icing agent.

During a recent beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, hosted by the School of Public Policy, Ph.D. student Alyssa Ryan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was on the four-person winning team tackling the crucial question of how to create sustainable cities. At the end of the day, a panel of expert judges selected the winning team, composed of Ryan (third from left in photo) and fellow UMass students James Hokonya, Allyson Brauns, and Justin Taylor. The team’s policies focused on reducing dependency on carbon-dioxide-emitting vehicles by investing in electric buses and creating alternatives such as more rail service, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, among other strategies.

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Recently retired Emeritus Professor Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger, P.E.F. ASCE of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has established himself as a highly accomplished academic in the field of geotechnical engineering during his long and productive career. To begin with, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a distinction awarded to just three percent of the 150,000 members. Among many other achievements, he has generated upwards of $11,300,000 in funding as a principal and co-principal investigator on approximately 44 grants, he holds 10 U.S. patents, and he has published an impressive 180 papers in academic journals.

Civil engineering doctoral student Alyssa Ryan has been named a 2020 Traffic Safety Scholar and awarded a scholarship to attend the 38th annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to be held on March 15 through 17 in Tampa, Florida. She is one of an elite group of 50 U.S. and international students selected through a competitive application process to attend the nation’s largest and oldest gathering of highway safety professionals.

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