David Thornton, a software engineer from Sydney, expected to be questioned thoroughly when he arrived in New York — but his experience was downright weird. Harbour City Solutions consortium, the winning bidders for the biosolids project, include Synagro, Bird Construction, Maple Reinders and Cole Engineering. The vibe I got was weird. He asked me a question, then asked me a follow-up question to prove I wasn’t lying. Students will bring concepts to life in a new space repurposed from the former North Campus bookstore. ESL students can stop worrying about their accents. Accents don’t prevent ESL students from being understood, and native English speakers find them charming.

More than a dozen legislators and House Speaker Robert DeLeo toured UMass Lowell labs, the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center and the M2D2 incubator to see how our research and development connects with industry. Laura Ingalls, first year doctoral student in the Green Chemistry Program, has won a three-year, $131,500 research fellowship grant from the National Science Foundation, under the program for promoting science in the community. The River Hawks Racing Team, composed of mechanical and electrical engineering majors, was pitted against schools from across the U.S. and Canada in a series of races. The Francis College of Engineering and the College of Management are now jointly offering a leadership option for graduate-degree programs in engineering. Three innovative student projects from UMass Lowell and a partner institution were among the nine entrepreneurial projects and ideas that were recognized during the Campus Catalyst Showcase held in December. Researchers from UMass Lowell and UMass Amherst are among 29 academic and corporate teams that have been awarded subcontracts to build, integrate and operate the prototypes of a groundbreaking suite of network research infrastructures. iRobot Corporation, in partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and UMass Lowell, recently hosted the STREAM 2009 workshop for robotics education. Engineering News has over 2 934 readers weekly outside of South Africa. The foreign readers are spread through various countries including: Australia; Botswana; Canada; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Ghana. A team of flood experts from the University of Exeter has claimed first prize in a national competition, for their pioneering online Water Disease Prevention System (WDPS). Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. Students studying entrepreneurship in India over winter break got hands-on experience with international business development. Assoc. Profs. Sanjeev Manohar and Carl Lawton receive a two-year, $180,000 grant from Frito-Lay to develop new methods for converting the cardboard used to ship its products into biodegradable plastic. This seminar is intended for engineers and technicians involved in the development, troubleshooting, pre-compliance testing and certification of electronic products, news enginner systems and assemblies for EMC. Prof. Nathan Gartner has been re-appointed to a national committee chairmanship on the Transportation Research Board. A new two-lane, three-span, concrete bridge will replace existing bridge that was built in 1915. This would explain why the alien eggs in the derelict juggernaut on LV426 are so old. Prof. Sam Mil’stein of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Carlos Gil, a research assistant in the Advanced Electronic Technology Center, have received a patent for Transistor Device Including Buried Source. Prof. Nelson Eby recently spent a week in Bogota, Colombia, to help the country establish a Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory for use in criminal investigations. Electrical and computer engineering Prof. Ziyad Salameh has been honored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society with the 2015 Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in recognition of his contributions to the field. UMass Lowell has signed agreements with three top Chinese universities, laying the foundation for broader academic and research collaboration and student and faculty exchanges. Long before the trailer came out on some topic I mentioned how I envisioned some banner for AC that had David wearing a cloak,standing on a hill and watching a human ship landing in far distance.

Civil and environmental engineering Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Lee is spearheading efforts to develop engineering and science collaborations between UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst and four universities in Central America. Prof. Nathan Gartner of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has recently been named the first emeritus member of the Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics. Teams of researchers at UMass Lowell are collaborating with colleagues, oncologists and other specialists to develop new ways of screening people for breast cancer. Many people are preparing for business careers through online classes. You can earn degrees from an Associate’s to MBA, all with minimal or no class attendance.