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University of Massachusetts Amherst - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Current research is in the following areas: multiscale systems analysis and design including fluid mechanics and transport phenomena; materials science and engineering, including polymers; molecular and materials modeling; and cellular and metabolic bioengineering; biofuels and sustainable energy technology.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is focused on the following topics: transportation safety and operations in transportation engineering; drinking water treatment, waste water treatment, groundwater pollution and the broad discipline of environment engineering; water resources, climate impaces, water demand modeling, watershed modeling, hydrology, water quality modeling, soil and groundwater testing, numerical methods, fundamental soil behavior, environmental geotechnics; geotechnical engineering; infrastructure concerns in structural engineering, structural analysis, bridge engineering, and structural mechanics.

Computer Science

The Department has created an outstanding research program. Research efforts are strongly supported by government at all levels and by private industry. The program has grown dramatically as the University continues to gain recognition for dynamic, high-quality research. Research groups work closely with other top university computer science departments and major companies in the computer industry to advance computer science research. We have developed a highly respected program of teaching and research organized around three primary areas: computer systems, theory of computation and artificial intelligence. Department faculty represent some of the most distinguished individuals active in computing research and education. The curriculum is designed to take advantage of the breadth and quality of the research program, providing a rich basis for the development of new perspectives and research directions.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Graduate Program in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students who pursue these degrees are usually involved in ongoing research projects with ECE faculty. The ECE Department is engaged in funded research, both basic and applied, in the areas depicted below. The faculty members in these clusters are experts who possess the depth necessary to have an impact on the grand challenges of engineering. The have won prestigious awards such as the IEEE Lifetime Achievement award, NSF CAREER awards, and election to Fellow grade of the IEEE. Their research intersts range from the fundamental underpinnings of emerging nanoelectronic devices, circuits, and computing architectures, all the way up to large complex, integrated, electronic sensing systems designed to sense processes ranging from geophysical to the biological. These complex systems are enabled by ubiquitous computing comprised of embedded systems, managed by wireless communication and computer networks, and understood via mathematical systems modeling.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Current research is in the following areas: biomechanics and systems biology; computational and experimental fluid dynamics; human performance and cognitive engineering; mechanical system design; operations research; wind power and energy efficiency and mechatronic systems; condition monitoring; control systems; materials; wind power and energy efficiency.

Polymer Science & Engineering

Current research is being done in polymer synthesis, characterization, morphology, rheology, physics and engineering, with emphasis on the areas of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and green technology.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center


CASA is a multi-sector partnership among academia, industry, and government dedicated to engineering revolutionary weather-sensing networks. These innovative networks will save lives and property by detecting the region of the lower atmosphere currently below conventional radar range - mapping storms, winds, rain, temperature, humidity, and the flow of airborne hazards.

Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas

The Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA) was formed in 2003 as a joint venture of the University of Massachusetts and the Air Force Research Laboratory. CASCA activities are funded by a combination of federal and private industry grants. The goals of CASCA at UMass are: (1) develop advanced antenna technology needed in future systems for national defense, homeland security, wireless communications, air traffic control and other essential activities, (2) promote collaboration, technology transfer and business development through a new business model that includes UMass as a proactive partner, and (3) strengthen the small and large business workforce through education, experience, seminars and value-added training.

Center for e-Design

The Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition funded under the NSF's Industry and University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC). It is comprised of eight universities and has partnership with numerous businesses and government organizations, including Raytheon, PTC, ANSYS, Vistagy, Good Year, Siemens, Pratt & Whitney, Microsoft, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research. The primary focus of e-Design is to enable the design and realization of high quality products and systems at reduced cost and reduced time to market through improved design process and methods, knowledge/information capture and reuse, and integration environments that support collaboration and decision making.

Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

The UMass Center for Energy and Renewable Energy (CEERE) is the umbrella organization for a number of programs that prepare students to take on the challenges of a greening economy. The centerpiece of the organization is the award-winning Industrial Assessment Center, through which graduate and undergraduate students perform energy audits at industrial facilities throughout New England and New York state. Since the center's inception in 1984, more than 60 students who did their graduate work at the center have been awarded master's degrees and more than 700 manufacturing plants in the region have saved over $30 million annually in energy costs. In 2007, the center received the IAC Center of Excellence Award from the US Dept. of Energy. CEERE is also the home to the Northeast Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Application Center which both serves the industrial and commercial sectors, and trains students in an important green technology. Under this program, students visit facilities to assess their potential to implement CHP, and collect information to research questions, such as the influence of these systems on electric grid reliability. In the process, students have learned about alternative forms of energy such as biomass and gasification. The Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Partnership, another CEERE program, offers energy-efficiency training to professionals already in the workforce, such as energy and facility managers and engineers at commercial and industrial facilities. CEERE staff also teach university courses that focus on energy topics. CEERE is unique on campus in that it facilitates training of the top tier of "green" professionals, i.e., future professional engineers licensed to design major green projects.

Center for Heirarchical Manufacturing

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has established the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) through a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Science Foundation, with the mission to move nanotechnology from laboratory innovation to manufacturable components and devices. The CHM's research focus is Nanoscale Manufacturing: tools and processes for fabricating engineered nanoscale materials and particles, and assembling and integrating them into larger-scale structures, devices, and systems. Research work by 24 researchers from UMass Amherst and partner institutions will concentrate on nanoelectronics, bionanotechnology, and new materials and processes.

Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval

An NSF-created S/IUCRD Center, CIIR is one of the leading information retrieval research labs in the world. The CIIR develops tools that provide effective and efficient access to large, heterogeneous, distributed, text and multimedia databases.

Center for Knowledge Communication

CKC develops advanced computational and artificial intelligence techniques for teaching and learning systems. These systems might provide on-line practice, synthesis, problem solving and group activities.

Commonwealth Center for Forensics & Society

The Center for Forensics is a unique partnership between UMass Amherst and the Massachusetts State Police. The Center's work advances digital forensics science and technology, addressing the challenge of the protean nature of computer systems and the Internet. Our core mission is to develop and apply novel research and technology in forensics and privacy to address the interests of government, law, and society.


The objective of the center is to carry out research to identify new concepts, to develop new ideas, and to recognize new phenomenon in polymer science and develop basic information on long-range problems of common interest to industry and UMass Polymer Science and Engineering Department.

Institute for Cellular Engineering

The UMass Amherst Institute for Cellular Engineering is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental research initiative focused on coordinating and expanding cellular engineering educational and scholarly activities on campus and enabling translational research through strategic industry partnerships. The Institute involves a broad range of campus researchers representing life science, information science, and engineering departments who are conducting investigations with the aim of understanding and ultimately harnessing the power of cellular machinery in plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR)

TIMBR aims to develop cost-effective technologies for producing ethanol, alternative fuels, and value-added materials from biomass. The TIMBR team consists of experts in all areas of biofuels research and development. It is vertically integrated to span the areas of biomass feedstock development, biological and chemical conversion to fuels, and process development, by combining expertise in plant biology, microbiology, chemical catalysis, biofinery engineering and design, and economic and environmental analysis. TIMBR provides a highly collaborative environment for accelerated biofuels research and development by building on this established base of excellence and vision.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The purpose of this center is to coordinate, support, and monitor polymer research involving the chemistry, physics, and engineering of molecules.

Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory

This laboratory specializes in the development of instrumentation and techniques for environmental remote sensing.

NE Climate Science Center (NECSC)

The Northeast Climate Center (NECSC) is part of a federal network of eight Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Process Design & Control Center

Located in Chemical Engineering, the center was set up to develop "expert systems" for the design, retrofitting, and control of petrochemical, polymer, and batch processes.

The University of Massachusetts NanoMedecine Institute

The primary objective of the Institute is to establish a vigorous interdisciplinary research program on applications of nanotechnology in medicine. In addition to fundamental research, the Institute is also developing an intellectual property portfolio and strategic partnerships with industry to accelerate technology transfer, workforce training, and economic development.

UMass Transportation Center

Housed within the College of Engineering, the center initiates, coordinates, and facilitates transportation research for the five campus UMass system. The center facilitates research to find both applied and long-term innovative solutions. Research is done in the areas of planning, safety, economics, environmental protection, education, technology transfer, and public service.

Wind Energy Center

Founded in 1972, the Wind Energy Center is a leading institution in wind energy engineering nationally and internationally and is involved with a wide range of activities. These include wind resource and external design conditions, wind turbine aerodynamics and structural dynamics, hybrid power systems, offshore wind energy, energy storage and environmental and economic studies.