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  • Kenyan child holds water pump handle while other children and adults look on.

    Blueprint Brigade

    UMass students engineer clean water projects and good will in Kenya

    Time Magazine calls it the “Blueprint Brigade.” The International Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organization, headquartered in Colorado, now runs over 350 water, renewable energy, sanitation, and... More

  • UMass Professors Peggi Cluston and Alex Shreyer point out timber shell features to onlookers at Fine Arts Center concorse.

    Teaching Structure

    Students design intricate dome to promote awareness of wood construction

    A massive and intricate wooden dome, known in technical circles as a timber grid shell, temporarily adorns the plaza of the campus's Fine Arts Center. The dome was engineered and constructed by... More

  • Ping Chong, arms stretched, rehearses with students on a UMass Amherst stage.

    Collidescope 2.0

    Adventures in pre and post racial America

    Growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Anderson Lara ’17 didn’t give much thought to issues of identity. As a Dominican-American in a city where three-quarters of the city’s population identify as... More

  • Computer Science PhD student Shiri Dori-Hacohen stands with Berthiaume Center staff and a large check replica.

    We Mean Business

    Innovation Challenge winners offer innovative, marketable ideas

    Automated Controversy Detection, a startup business founded by computer science Ph.D. candidate Shiri Dori-Hacohen, earned top honors of $35,000 in seed money at the campus’s 2016 Innovation... More

  • Picture of a Viking statue with blue sky behind it.

    Viking Resettlement

    Did climate change drive Norse populations out of Greenland?

    Why did Norse settlers, also known as Vikings, leave their established Greenland communities in the early 15th Century? Climate researchers Raymond Bradley, Isla Castaneda, and their team are... More

  • UMass Amherst geoscientist Jonathan Woodruff, graduate student Hannah Baranes, and adjunct professor Kinuyo Kanamaru with their coring raft during recent field work on a coastal lake in Japan.

    For the Record

    Geoscientists investigate tsunami and typhoon deposits to predict flood risk

    To accurately predict flood risk, University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Jonathan Woodruff believes we need better reconstructions of extreme flooding that reach back farther than modern... More