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The College of Engineering at UMass Lowell is highly respected for applied research, focusing on real-world issues critical to the region and across the world.

The College has nearly 100 full-time faculty, many of whom have received prestigious honors in their fields including National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The College is the home to the National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (in collaboration with Northeastern University and University of New Hampshire) and is also the home of the Massachusetts Center of Excellence in Nanomanufacturing.

Engineering Solutions through Research

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Three times a year, the College of Engineering highlights its research endeavors in its publication Engineering Solutions. Our faculty and students work with foundations and companies to engineer solutions to society's most pressing problems. Read Engineering Solutions.

Labs, Centers & Institutes

Research in the College is generally conducted through a variety of labs and centers, many of which are interdisciplinary. Below is a partial list.

  • Advanced Electronics Technology Center: The research mission is the development of reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology performed in conjunction with supporting companies.
  • Advanced Materials: Its goal is the development of a knowledge base in the design, synthesis, characterization and intelligent processing of advanced materials, driven by the needs of potential technological applications.
  • Assistive Technology Research Center: The main purpose of the Assistive Technology Program is to provide our engineering students with interesting and challenging problems which may be resolved by applying those technologies that have been presented in our curriculum.
  • Baseball Research Center: The mission of the center is to be a Center of Excellence for the Science and Engineering of Baseball for both experimental and analytical methods, concentrating on baseball bat performance and durability.
  • Computer Machine/Human Intelligence, Networking & Distributed Systems: Helping advance the analytical, experimental, and operational aspect of Computer Engineering and Information Technologies that have potential influence on the Acquisition, Management, and Storage of Knowledge and Data Engineering and Services.
  • Electric Car and Energy Conversion: The primary focus is application of renewable energy in roof-top residential, industrial, and utility-interactive environments.
  • Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center: MBMC is an interdisciplinary research, development and education center that assists biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to validated, cGMP compliant manufacturing processes.
  • Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center: M2D2 is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts.
  • Nanomanufacturing Center: The Center's mission is the creation of environmentally benign manufacturing processes that enable commercialization of nanotechnology products.
  • Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics (CPEN): Research and development in the Center focuses on the interaction of electromagnetic fields with materials and devices of use in microwave and optical systems and applications.
  • Radiation Laboratory: Provides controlled radiation environments and analytical measurement services to government organizations and to industry. The laboratory provides facilities for proton, neutron and gamma environments.
  • Wind Energy Research Group: WERG unique expertise and capabilities to conduct research in the advancement of wind turbine science and systems. The group consists of thirteen interdisciplinary faculty members whose research focuses on wind turbine manufacturing, reliability, energy storage, and design.
Consortium for System of Systems Security (SOSSEC)

The Francis College of Engineering is a proud member of the Consortium for System of Systems Security (SOSSEC).