Sethumadhavan Ravichandran, Polymer Science
“At UMass Lowell, students are given an opportunity to take research to the next level where you can actually make something real out of it.”
Sethumadhavan Ravichandran is a graduate student in the Polymer Science Program within the College of Sciences’ Chemistry Department. He and his interdisciplinary team designed and developed a novel, safer and "greener" flame retardant material using a renewable waste product obtained during cashew nut processing. Their project won the 2011 EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) top honor award
. Sethumadhavan in part credits the University's strong collaborations and partnerships for winning the award. Sethumadhavan was excited to join UMass Lowell after earning his bachelor's degree in India because he says the University is "known for" and "very good at actually getting a product out of something" and bringing it to the market: "How many people in the chemistry or sciences department [elsewhere] work on something and then that never sees the light of the day." At UMass Lowell, students are given an opportunity to take research "to the next level where you can actually make something real out of it."