Edwin Aguirre, Science and Technology Writer, Office of Public Affairs
“I learn new things practically every day.”
As the science and technology writer for UMass Lowell’s Office of Public Affairs, Edwin Aguirre stays on top of new research on campus. He then helps communicate that work to the outside world in the hopes of helping people better understand and appreciate it.
“It’s my job to take a highly technical subject, whether it’s about surface plasmons, ballistic electrons or atomic force microscopy, and weave it into a story that people find appealing,” he says.
Aguirre covers the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering, and writes articles about their departments for the University’s print and online publications. Prior to coming to UMass Lowell, he was an editor for Sky & Telescope magazine and a freelance science journalist. The position at UMass Lowell appealed to him for the broad range of subjects he would get to learn and write about. “Working at UMass Lowell gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with our talented faculty and students and get to know firsthand the fascinating research they are conducting,” says Aguirre. “I learn new things practically every day.”
In addition to writing stories about the University, his responsibilities also include shooting photos and videos for his news coverage. This is a welcomed part of the job for the avid photographer who has a special interest in astrophotography – the art of capturing celestial images through a telescope.
With all of the news on campus, including new buildings, research and technology, Aguirre has had no shortage of subject matter to write about since joining the UMass Lowell community in 2007. “In the short time I’ve been here I’ve witnessed a lot of positive changes, from the acquisition of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and the Tsongas Center to the groundbreaking of the new state-of-the-art Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center,” he says. “It truly is a campus on the move.”