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July 2015: Vibes & Waves Teacher Workshop on Blended Learning and Computing will be held July 27-29 at UMASS Lowell. Please contact Prof. Chandra if interested in participating.

October 2013 : GK-12 Fellows holds AP Physics Lab Visit for Haverhill High School Kids. UML visit PDF

2013 Lecture Series

Center for advanced computation and telecommunication first creating waves seminar invites Professor Krishnan to share his experience on: Vignettes from the evolution of Mathematics and Science.

Venkatarama Krishnan,Professor Emeritus, Umass Lowell

GK-12 Fellows Prepare TED-Like talks for Haverhill, Gardner and Lawrence High Schools : Can you hear me now by Katie Aho , Teleconferences by Jenny Au , Bound State Quantum Field Theory by Dan Katz, Water Purification by Corey Miniter , Making Pharmaceuticals by Nick Trunfio

Megha Sunny got accepted in Carnegie Mellon University PHD program in Electrical Engineering

Megha Sunny, MS student and GK-12 fellow has been accepted to Carnegie Mellon University Phd program in Electrical Engineering. Megha is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship award.

GK-12 Past Fellow's Graduate-2013

Nicholas Misiunas (GK-12 Fellow, 2010-2012) and Max Denis (GK-12 Fellow, 2009-2010) both members of CACT defended their thesis and graduated recently.

Ccube : Code, Create & Communicate (July 2012)

The Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications at University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the NSF GK-12 Vibes and Waves in Action program organized the Ccube: Code, Create and Communicate workshop for high school students during the summer of 2012.

GK-12 fellows present papers at SoftCOM 2012, Split, Croatia

The 20th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2012) was held in Split, Croatia from Sept. 11 – 13, 2012.  GK-12 fellows Ibrahim Alshawabkeh, Pratik Gandhi and Nick Misiunas presented papers at the conference.

GK-12 fellows and CACT faculty visit Belgrade Metropolitan University in Serbia (September 14,2012)

GK-12 fellows Ibrahim Alshawabkeh, Pratik Gandhi and Nick Misiunas and advisors Prof. Thompson and Prof. Chandra met with faculty and students of Information Technology at Belgrade Metropolitan University (BMU) and discussed collaborative projects on mobile-learning.

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Megha Sunny got accepted in Carnegie Mellon University PHD program in Electrical Engineering

Megha Sunny, MS student and GK-12 fellow has been accepted to Carnegie Mellon University Phd program in Electrical Engineering. Megha is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship award.

GK-12 Past Fellows are Graduating(May 2013)

Nicholas Misiunas (GK-12 Fellow, 2010-2012) and Max Denis (GK-12 Fellow, 2009-2010) both members of CACT defended their thesis and graduated recently.Nick defended his thesis on Spectrum Sharing Policies with Adjacent Channel Constraintsin April 2013. This work proposed queueing models to analyze the radio spectrum shared by licensed and opportunistic unlicensed users through cognitive radio and the performance gained or lost as the utilization of said spectrum increases is analyzed. Licensed users are taken as wideband users who occupy multiple adjacent channels upon arrival. Allocation methods are developed for licensed users and the effects of the addition of excess channels and a priority system are analyzed. The performance of both users is compared to the utilization gained as the load of the unlicensed users is increased.

Max Denis defended his PhD thesis entitled to "A Unified Treatment of the Acoustic and Elastic Scattered Waves from Fluid-Elastic Media". This work the role of scattering as the dominant physical mechanism of attenuation from ultrasonic wave and trabecular bone interactions is examined. The bone tissue is modeled in a macroscopic sense, following Biot’s theory of wave propagation in a fluid-poroelastic material. Biot’s derivation of a pair of coupled partial differential equations accurately predicts the existence of two independent dilatational (compressional) wave motions, corresponding to in-phase and out-of-phase displacements of the solid and fluid phases, respectively. The coupled equations are evaluated as two independent time-harmonic inhomogeneous wave equations, satisfying the saturating fluid-poroelastic interface boundary conditions. The elastic-solid and the pore-fluid solutions of the inhomogeneous wave equations are modeled as volume integral equations. Padé approximants are employed to extrapolate for solutions beyond the series’ radius of convergence limitation. The application of these results to clinical quantitative ultrasound for human bone assessment of risk fracture due to osteoporosis is discussed.

He is a member of IEEE. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a member of National Society of Black Physicists.

Ccube : Code, Create & Communicate (July 2012)

The Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications at University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the NSF GK-12 Vibes and Waves in Action program organized the Ccube: Code, Create and Communicate workshop for high school students during the summer of 2012. The workshop was attended by a group of eight students from middle school and high schools in Lowell and Lawrence Massachusetts and from Salem, NH. The five-day workshop had the objective of introducing the participants to programming languages and their application. Seven GK12 fellows led the workshop. Fellows and the instructors designed experiment based problems on probability, fundamental of signals and musical acoustics. They learnt to build programs using Scratch, MATLAB and C-languages. The students were also given an opportunity to assemble a computer desktop, including the insertion of the CPU and memory onto the motherboard and attachment of peripherals. Each participant was assigned an individual workstation equipped a desktop computer, microphones and speakers and a personal mentor, one of the GK-12 fellows. The fellow-participant pair was each assigned a project to develop and present on the final day of the workshop. The presentations were made to an audience that included the family and friends of the student participants. The GK12 fellows guided them through their computing and research experience during the workshop.

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GK-12 fellows present papers at SoftCOM 2012, Split, Croatia

The 20th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2012) was held in Split, Croatia from Sept. 11 – 13, 2012.  GK-12 fellows Ibrahim Alshawabkeh, Pratik Gandhi and Nick Misiunas presented papers at the conference. The papers entitled "Spectrum Sharing with Adjacent Channel Constraints Transmission and Blocking Model for Secondary Users" by Misiunas and "A Spectrum Sensing and Transmission Model for Secondary Users in Cognitive Radios" by Gandhi, Alshawabkeh were presented on September 13th in session SS3: Special Session on QoS in Wired and Wireless Networks. The paper "A Spectrum Sensing and Transmission Model for Secondary Users in Cognitive Radios" developed an analysis of spectrum sensing and transmission of a secondary user sharing a channel with a licensed primary user. Since it has been shown that certain licensed bands are sparsely utilized, spectrum can be shared with secondary users to alleviate the congestion experienced in the unlicensed bands. The paper "Spectrum Sharing with Adjacent Channel Constraints" developed a multi-server queuing model in which secondary users opportunistically accessed spectrum shared by primary users.  In this model the primary users were restricted to multiple adjacent channels and allocation schemes were developed and analyzed in an attempt to reduce the blocking rates of both users. Split, along the coast of the Adriatic Sea is a beautiful city that has the old Diocletian palace of a Roman Emperor built in May 305 A.D, which was built for emperor Diocletian for retirement. The group experienced a stay in the old palace and hiked a few miles to the conference site in Radisson Blu on an elevated setting by the sea line.

GK-12 fellows and CACT faculty visit Belgrade Metropolitan University in Serbia (September 14,2012)

GK-12 fellows Ibrahim Alshawabkeh, Pratik Gandhi and Nick Misiunas and advisors Prof. Thompson and Prof. Chandra met with faculty and students of Information Technology at Belgrade Metropolitan University (BMU) and discussed collaborative projects on mobile-learning. The meetings were organized by Dr. Miroslava Raspopovic, vice-provost and assistant professor of Information Technology at BMU who is also an alumni of CACT and UMASS Lowell. The BMU students presented some of their software projects, which included a mobile application that assists the visually impaired in selecting products in a grocery store. The BMU students also presented their recent award winning application, a project designed to enhance learning by autistic children. The afternoon was a seminar by Prof. Thompson entitled, "Two dimensional analysis of fluid motion in the cochlea resulting from compressive bone conduction". The seminar was very well received and the audience was engaged in discussion on the applications of this work and the physics of the problem. Finally the UML and BMU group met for a few hours of discussion on prototyping a mobile-learning lesson for high school physics classrooms. The topic of conservation of angular momentum was selected and a discussion ensued on how best to present these topics, the design of the interactive component and the best platform to implement the module on.

April 27, 2012

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) North East Conference 2012, largest annual New England conference dedicated specially to Engineering, was conducted in UMass Lowell INN and Conference Center. GK-12 fellow Ms. Molly Clay in Chemical Engineering delivered a talk in “Computing and Simulation in High School Classroom” where she explained about computing tools like Matlab and how it is useful in high school classrooms. Graduate fellows Pratik Gandhi, Nicholas Misiunas, Megha Sunny and Taoufik Nabat of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and undergraduate students Jenny Y. Au and Katherine Aho have presented their posters in posters session. The GK-12 fellow Pratik Gandhi received Best Graduate Student Poster Award for “Matlab Computing and Modeling: Analysis of Weather Data”. Pratik collaborated with five high school students from Lawrence high school in which one of them is junior class and rest of them are senior class. Two students attended the poster session. Getting high school student to involved in this symposium is highly acknowledged. Ambika Bhatta received honorable mention for her poster “Analysis and Extension of scattering from rigid infinitive wedge”.

April 24, 2012

15th Annual Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium was conducted on April 24th, 2012. Graduate GK-12 fellows and members of CACT Pratik Gandhi, Nicholas Misiunas, Megha Sunny and Taoufik Nabat, and accompanied by ECE undergraduate students Jenny Y. Au and Katherine Aho presented their posters in poster session held at UMass Lowell INN and Conference Center. Pratik Gandhi presented a poster along with five Lawrence high school students and teacher Mr. Steve McDonald. Megha Sunny presented a poster titled “Analysis of Reynolds number and the velocity of an object through various fluids” with two Lowell high school students and teacher Mr. Patrick Morasse.

March 24, 2012

Prof. Charles Thompson was honored for his 30 years of teaching and extraordinary mentorship. The event, held at Alumni Hall in North campus, University of Massachusetts Lowell was organized by his current students in the Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications (CACT) and attracted more than eighty guests, including his former students, his family and guests. Prof. Wesley Harris, Associate Provost for Faculty Equity at MIT provided the opening address. The event included speeches from former students and video narratives from students and colleagues from around the world. Prof. Thompson was presented with a commemorative plaque from members of CACT. All in all it was a great experience for all of Prof. Thompson's students to meet and celebrate this achievement.



March 8, 2012

The 101st year of International Women,s Day was celebrated on University Ave. Bridge on Thursday 8th March 2012. This day is recognized worldwide to honor and celebrate achievements of women all around the world. CACT members created a series of posters of prominent women scientists and engineers and displayed them for the public to view on the bridge. This year,s theme celebrated achievements of women engineers and scientists and supports the education, empowerment and equality of women everywhere. Commuters on the bridge stopped to view the posters and write their comments to the question &quotHow do women change the world?&quot. Gifts were handed out to people who solved the puzzle of matching the women scientists/engineers picture to theirs name on a list. The event was followed by a great lunch at CACT.

March 22, 2011

Vibes and Waves GK-12 project begins the STEM in Action presentations at Lowell High School. Ms. Karen Steele from Lucent/Alcatel Corp. will be the first presenter in this series.

March 10, 2011

Sheila Ramaswamy a doctoral student at Boston University School of Public Health was an invited presenter on March 10, 2011 at Falmouth 203 as part of the ongoing outreach activities of the NSF GK-12 Vibes and Waves in Action program. Ms. Ramaswamy presented a compelling lecture on :Working in Disasters: What can you do?. It was a clarion call for all the engineers in the audience to understand how they can be a part of the recovery team and the need for technological support during such disasters for communication, re-building and re-habilitation of the displaced members of the society. Waking up the next days on the dreadful earthquake that hit JAPAN measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale makes on wonder on the timeliness of the presentation and how once could help in this natural disaster. Abstract: Nearly 40 million people, world-over, have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, war, political unrest, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, typhoons, and other disasters. Many of the world's poorest countries and communities are vulnerable to these events, which result in deteriorating infrastructure, inadequate technical and managerial capacity, lack of finance and skilled personnel, and information systems. Consequently, people's health, well-being and their very existence and survival are negatively impacted by breakdown in shelter, food, health, education, and water and sanitation systems. This talk will provide an understanding of contexts of disaster, highlighting the needs of communities and the programmatic responses implemented by multi-disciplinary teams of humanitarian aid workers. Finally, it will focus specifically on the role of engineers in such situations, outlining the contributions that they make in humanitarian response and the potential for engineering career opportunities in this field.

March 08, 2011

International Womens' Day was celebrated on University Ave. bridge across from UMASS Lowell. This bridge event was one among hundreds of such events where women and men convened on bridges around the world to show solidarity for womens' issues.

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2013 Lecture Series

Krishnan Venkatarama,Professor Emeritus, Umass Lowell

2011 Lecture Series

Karen Steele, Alcatel Lucent Technologies Damaris Sarria, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Valerie Avila, Draper Laboratory Linda Fuhrman, Draper Laboratory
Naeem Hashmi, Knowledge Management and Informatics Emily Davis, Genzyme

 

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For more information: Email: Kavitha Chandra
Falmouth 203, 1, University Ave. Lowell, MA 01854 Tel: (978) 934 3356
This grant is made possible by the National Science Foundation Award #: 0841392