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“Knowledge Platform” of Brahmaputra River Basin Covered in India West

Brahmaputra River Basin

A business briefs roundup in India West, the largest weekly East Indian newspaper published on the West Coast of the U.S., reported that a research team of engineers from UMass Amherst and policymakers from the World Bank is developing a centralized compilation of public data, or “knowledge platform,” to benefit 100-million people in India, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh who live near the Brahmaputra River basin in South Asia. The India West report was derived from a News Office release based on a College of Engineering news article.

UMass Researchers Develop Portable Weather Stations for Monitoring Massachusetts Road Conditions

Russell Tessier

Russell Tessier

Three researchers in our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department have been developing and testing the prototypes of two portable weather stations that can monitor weather and road-surface conditions on Massachusetts highways. The two “Road Weather Information Systems” (RWIS) provide a cost-effective and accurate solution for monitoring road and weather conditions in places where permanent weather stations are not feasible due to costs, accessibility, siting concerns, or rugged terrain.

Logan Wins Best Student Paper Award at Allerton Symposium on Antenna Applications

John Logan

John Logan

Ph.D. student John Logan of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department won the “Best Student Paper” Award at the 39th Allerton Symposium on Antenna Applications, held from September 22 to 24 in Monticello, Illinois. Logan’s faculty advisor is ECE Professor Marinos Vouvakis, and the title of his winning paper was “Low Cross-Polarization Single-Polarized Vivaldi Arrays.”

New Company Uses Software to Create More "Eureka Moments"

Tony McCaffrey

Tony
McCaffrey

UMass Amherst alumnus Tony McCaffrey has received a $724,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his small start-up company, Innovation Accelerator, Inc., which was founded on the hypothesis that most great discoveries come from sideways thinking. For example, a hitch with the Hubble space telescope was fixed when a NASA engineer took a shower in a German hotel and repurposed the design of the shower head. Likewise, Alexander Graham Bell borrowed his idea for the telephone from the human ear.

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