Robotics

Where Our Graduates Go

Robotics students at UMass Lowell continue with their research and work at companies throughout Massachusetts and beyond. Below are some examples of where our graduates go and what they do.

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CircleTwelve
The MITRE Corporation (current)
  • 2010 Bachelor's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science, Minor: Math
Projects and Research:
  • Multi-touch technologies for robot command-and-control
  • Open-source internet communications technologies

"My time in The Robotics Lab, although not focused on robotics specifically, was extremely beneficial to my career. I gained both technological skills and research experience, and my connections with the lab are what led me to my current job at MITRE."

"Get a job related to your major as soon as possible. If you're in an applied major, a research lab on campus is the ideal place to be. The best educational decision I ever made was to ask for a job in Professor Yanco's lab."

Michael Baker
BAE Systems

  • 2002 Bachelor's Degree of Science
  • 2006 Master's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • Human-robot interfaces
  • Sliding scale autonomy
  • Computer vision,
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Street crossing robots
  • Fire fighting robots

"It was a great pleasure to work with Holly and Fred as a graduate
student and research assistant. I have many fond memories of working on projects in the robotics labs with my lab mates and other
students. The robotics lab spaces are a wonderful environment for
self-motivated individuals who enjoy creating, innovating and working with cutting-edge technologies."

Robert Casey
Segway, Inc.

  • 2006 Master's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • Segway Personal Transporter
  • Segway Robotics Mobility Platforms
  • GM En-V Prototype

"The education I received at UML, from both course work and my time as a research assistant in the robotics lab, provide me with the skills I needed to keep ahead of the curve in a very competitive market."
"I am truly thankful to everyone in the UML Computer Science department for helping me get where I am today."

andrew_chanler_opt Andrew Chanler
EMC
  • 2005 Bachelor's Degree of Science
  • 2007 Master's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • Blackfin Handy Board
  • Improved Human-Robot Interfaces for USAR
  • Stereo Vision SLAM on a wheelchair
  • Robots for Trinity
  • Firefighting Contest
  • Serial Sense
  • MCP Robot for IGVC 2004

"Fred Martin's Robotics I class was a defining moment in my career. I wasn't sure that computer science was right for me. But after his class I found my calling."
"The experience I gained working with Holly Yanco and the students
in her research lab better prepared me for work after college than
any class."

Brian Corbin
Medical Information Technologies, Inc. (MediTech)

  • 2005 Bachelor's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • MCP Sonar Multiplex
  • "Ballstick" controller for Pioneer robots

"As a computer science major, and throughout my academic career, I found it difficult to find a true, singular focus. Studying robotics gave me the focus I needed, and it is what ultimately drove me to become a computer scientist."
"The study of robotics gives computer science a highly interactive and tangible element that is often missing from other computer-based programs. My robotics projects at UML made me a highly desirable candidate for my current position, which I have held and excelled at for five years."

Brenden Keyes
The MITRE Corporation

  • 2005 Bachelor's Degree of Science
  • 2007 Master's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • Cross-language information retrieval using machine translation
  • Onomi - enterprise social bookmarking
  • Creating tools to improve network resiliency

"I have nothing but fond memories of working in the lab. The research was always fun and rewarding."

Jeffrey Rousseau
nTAG
Aptima (current)

  • 2005 Bachelor's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • IGVC 2010
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Physical Computing
  • Graph Theory
  • Pursuit-Evasion

"Taking Fred Martin's and Holly Yanco's Robotics I & II classes really solidified my interest in computing. As a hands-on learner, these classes provided me with indispensable examples of tangible, real-world applications of computer science theory. Working in robotics reinforces the powerful concept that with bits and bytes you can create systems capable of engaging the physical world."
"Get involved with a lab or club as soon as possible. It will open doors for you that you didn't even know existed!"

Chad Sweeney
Submillimeter-Wave Technology Laboratory at UMass Lowell
QinetiQ North America (current)

  • 2010 Bachelor's Degree of Science
    Major: Mechanical Engineering

Projects and Research:
  • STARK Robot for IGVC 2010
  • Qinetiq ROCK (Remote Operated Control Kit) for robotic control of a Bobcat


"Getting involved with robotics at UMass Lowell gave me valuable
experience which helped jumpstart my career. It allowed me to apply
the knowledge gained in other engineering classes to a multi-
disciplinary project, something that is done in the 'real world'!"
"If you are interested in a fulfilling career with cutting-edge technology, UML's robotics minor is the place to start. You will most certainly gain specialized knowledge, giving you the edge when looking for a job."

Philip D.S. Thoren
Mercury Computer Systems
BAE Systems (current)

  • 2002 Bachelor's Degree of Science
  • 2007 Master's Degree of Science
    Major: Computer Science
Projects and Research:
  • Trinity Home Firefighting Contest 2002 and 2003
  • AAAI Robot
  • Scavenger Hunt 2005
  • Phission: Concurrent Vision Processing System

"The robotics labs are a place I could freely explore and learn many of the things that made me want to go into the Computer Science program. Holly allowed me to take a software project from one of my first robotics courses and turn it into a master's thesis."
"Applying the tools learned during in the CS program to real world applications while building team skills is an experience that every CS should have before graduating and looking for a job; Holly and Fred made that happen."


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