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Center Events

  • OCT

    M2D2's "Introduction to Medical Device Human Factors" will introduce and define what exactly "human factors" are and how they relate to the making of medical devices.

    Some of the topics that will be covered:

    • Human factor engineering
    • Human factors standards and guidance
    • The HF/UE process
    • Risk analysis
    • User interterfaces
    • Many more topics to be discussed!
    12:00 PM
  • OCT

    The BARDA Accelerator Network is hosting a 4-week series on the newly launched areas of interest at BARDA DRIVe! Please join us beginning Wednesday, August 15 from 12-1pm EDT for a Reverse Pitch by Seila Seilmovic, PhD and Dev Mittar, PhD from BARDA on the EZ BAA area of interest #10, Next Generation Sequencing based agnostics Dx for Respiratory RNA virus pathogens. In this live interactive session, Seila and Dev will discuss the overall scope, timeline and application process for those interested in working with BARDA on Next Generation Sequencing technologies and answer any questions about the AOI and the EZ-BAA.


    Below is the schedule of the entire 4-week series along with topics being discussed.

    9/22: Next Generation Sequencing based agnostics Dx for Respiratory RNA virus pathogens

    9/29: AOI 11a/AOI11b : Home-based, OTC diagnostics for the detection of SARS-CoV-2; Enabling Technologies to Support home-based Diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 Acute Infection

    10/6: AOI 8: Bringing Laboratory Testing to Home

    10/13: AOI9: Digital Health Tools for Pandemic Preparedness

    12:00 PM
  • OCT

    Please join us for the 10th year Anniversary Celebration of DifferenceMaker.  The Celebration will be a thank you dinner to our alumni and sponsors, and all that they have done for DifferenceMaker over the years and during the time of COVID-19. The Celebration will also be a chance for current DifferenceMaker students and past teams to share their successes and learnings, and for the audience to network with other alumni, student, and community members.  Additionally, Brian Rist ’77, Manning School of Business, will share a few words regarding his and his wife Kim’s donation to establish the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute in 2019. The ultimate goal of the evening is to celebrate the 10th year Anniversary of DifferenceMaker as a community. 

    6:00 PM
  • DEC

    Finalist student teams will pitch-off at the virtual DCU/Manning School of Business Innovation Contest on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 6-8:30 p.m. Please join us to support these students as they pitch their creative and innovative banking and finance ideas to a panel of successful DCU and Manning School of Business judges. 

    Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded.

    We hope to see you there!


    6:00 PM
  • DEC

    Please join us in supporting the Francis College of Engineering as student teams showcase their innovative prototypes and pitch them to alumni judges in the hopes of winning funding.

    Prizes Include:

    • $2,500 award for 1st place team
    • $1,500 award for 2nd place team
    • $1,000 award for 3rd place team
    • $500 award for the people choice team (crowd voting – so we need your help!!)

    We hope to see you there!

    6:00 PM
  • APR

    Come cheer on our UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker student teams at the 2022 10th Annual $50K Idea Challenge Finals, on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Moloney Hall, University Crossing.

    The field has been narrowed from about 60 competitive applications to just 10 DifferenceMaker teams who will pitch their ventures to a panel of alumni judges who will then award $50,000 in prize money to the teams.

    The evening will begin with poster presentations by the finalist teams, as well as student teams who participated in the Preliminary Pitch-Off. The finalist teams will then present a series of 5-minute rocket pitches to a panel of alumni judges for a chance to share in $50,000 in prizes and services.

    Poster Reception 5 to 6 p.m.
    Pitch Competition & Awards 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

    Come see these entrepreneurial UMass student teams compete and share their solutions to problems that matter. This event is for students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members and entrepreneurs.

    If you have any questions regarding this event please email

    5:00 PM