Unique Qualities of ECE at UMass Lowell
Close Ties with Local Industry
UMass Lowell is located in the heart of the Massachusetts technology belt, and maintains close relationships with local industry. Students have the opportunity for:
- Part-time semester internships.
- Full-time summer internships.
- Industry-sponsored projects.
The department offers several flexible programs designed to meet the needs of today's students, including:
Industry strategic alliances have been formed with several of the department's Industry Advisory Board members. Analog Devices has funded a scholarship program that provides four undergraduate ECE students a guaranteed internship during the winter and summer vacations. A pipeline of coop students is in place with several companies, providing very close interaction and feedback between department programs and their expectations. The Coop Program greatly enhances the student engineering experience both with adding relevance to courses as well as to exposing students to working with professionals. Ten other companies have joined this program and offer scholarships to prospective ECE students. The following is a list of scholarships:
- Analog Devices Scholarships
- CISCO Scholarships
- Dirko Scholarship
- Francis Scholarships
- MA/COM Scholarships
Assistive Technology Program
The Assistive Technology Program began in 1991. Its roots are in the senior project courses and the need to provide seniors with sources of motivation beyond the norm. As students were introduced to the problems of disadvantaged persons, it became very obvious that we had found our source of motivation for our students. Today, the main purpose of the assistive technology program is to provide engineering students with interesting and challenging problems that may be resolved by applying technologies learned through their studies. Professor Donn Clark, the founder of the program, received the 2002 President's Award for Public Service.