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ACM Honors Stevens Professor With Distinguished Engineer Award

Nicholas Bowen

Nicholas Bowen

Nicholas Bowen, an alumnus of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received a major award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to a press release issued by the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, the ACM has named Bowen, an industry professor in the systems & software division at the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens, as a 2015 Distinguished Engineer, one of just five ACM members to be honored with the Distinguished Engineer award this year. Bowen recently joined Stevens after a three-decade career at IBM. Read the Stevens Institute press release.

CASA Plays Substantial Part in Designation of UMass Amherst as a “StormReady” University

The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) was a large factor in the designation of UMass Amherst as a “StormReady” institution by the National Weather Service (NWS). It was the first such designation awarded to a public university in Massachusetts. During the NWS assessment, UMass Amherst was recognized for its emergency preparedness program, 24-hour warning point capabilities for severe weather, and the CASA project, led by our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, which has spent the last decade developing a revolutionary radar system for tracking tornadoes and other severe storms.

Aviation Research and Training Center Attracting Widespread Media Coverage

John Collura

John Collura

The development of the new Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee – a center started by UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., of Milford, Massachusetts – is attracting widespread media coverage, including articles in the Springfield RepublicanGeneralaviationnews.comAirsoc.com, and Intelligent Aerospace. The new aviation center will conduct advanced aeronautical research and provide training for air traffic controllers, pilots, and other aviation professionals. Read UMass News Office release.

Marquard Receives $1.7-million Grant From NIH for Medication-tracking Device

Jenna Marquard

Jenna Marquard

For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this regimen, team leaders Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Deepak Ganesan, computer science, recently received a four-year, $1.71-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-use device similar to a fitness tracker for maintaining a medication regime.

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