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ECE Students Win First Place in FAA Design Competition By Creating Virtual Geofences to Protect Airports from Drones

ASPECTS team and their demo drone

ASPECTS team with drone

The student team of UMass electrical engineering majors Alex Breger, Chris Boselli, Jason Danis, and Sandra McQueen received first place for the winning design in the “Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions” category of the 2015-2016 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The team’s winning design would establish a virtual “geofence,” similar to an invisible fence for dogs, around the perimeter of an airport to keep drones from intruding into that airspace and creating hazards for manned airplanes.

Lee’s Blog Explains His Implantable Biomaterial Research in Mice

Jungwoo Lee

Jungwoo Lee

Professor Jungwoo Lee of our Chemical Engineering Department was recently the co-author of an article published in Biomaterials Research that reports a new advance in human tissue engineering applied to mouse models. BioMed Central later asked Professor Lee to explain this research in a blog article. As part of a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Lee and his colleagues developed a new bioengineering strategy to improve humanized mouse models and the throughput of in vivo research using implantable biomaterials. See the blog.

MIE Researchers Receive $425,000 NSF Grant for Addressing Deadly Cancer Metastasis in Bones

Maureen Lynch

Maureen Lynch

Principal Investigator Maureen Lynch and Co-Principal Investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department have received a three-year, $425,000 National Science Foundation award for a project entitled “Mechano-regulation of bone metastatic cancer: linking cell strain to cell function.” Their research is aimed at relieving one of the most deadly problems related to the epidemic of cancer in modern society: cancers metastasizing into the bones. See NSF description of grant.

Parente Directs Imaging Analyses for NASA’s Martian Orbiter and Rover

Mario Parente

Mario Parente

Mario Parente, an expert in the analysis of hyperspectral images and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, plays a critical role in a new $1.2-million National Science Foundation grant to apply recent advances in biologically inspired deep learning methods to analyze large amounts of scientific data from Mars. Parente’s research on hyperspectral camera images is being applied to direct the analysis of data gathered by a NASA orbiter, which is currently examining the chemical composition of rocks and dust on Mars.

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