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Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

DifferenceMaker® is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you to Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

Are you a DifferenceMaker®?

Do you have an idea?

Do you see a problem you want to solve?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?

Do you want to join a team and work with other students?

Sound like you? Get involved!

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Register to Attend the 2020 DifferenceMaker Season Kick-off and College Competition Announcement!

Please join the exciting, interactive, virtual kick-off and college competition announcement event! You will learn more about DifferenceMaker and the two college-based competitions, and begin brainstorming ideas and building up a team. Register.

Question? DifferenceMaker@uml.edu 

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Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • The CAT Mat
    DifferenceMakers

    The CAT Mat brings the outdoors in, with a mat that will allow physical therapists to treat their patients’ deficits throughout the body, from the musculoskeletal system to sensory systems.

  • SASS
    DifferenceMakers

    SASS, also known as Solo-Adventurer Safety System, provides reliable GPS tracking and communication with a timed checking system to make sure the adventurer is always safe.

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