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Lawrence Lin ’ 90 Gives $1 Million to Support MakerSpace

Workspace Will Enable Students to Bring Their Engineering Concepts to Life

UMass Lowell alum Lawrence Lin '90.


“I owe this school a lot,” Lawrence C.H. Lin ’90 said in 2015, when he received the University Alumni Award.

A native of Taiwan who earned his Ph.D. in polymer science and plastics engineering, Lin says UMass Lowell gave him the technical knowledge he needed to help grow a small family-owned firm into an internationally recognized injection-molding company. Today, Grand Dynasty Industrial Co.’s clients include Specialized, Snap-On and Bosch.

Lin has found numerous ways to support the university, including endowing a scholarship for plastics engineering students. This fall, he announced a new $1 million gift that will provide equipment and operational support for the Francis College of Engineering’s MakerSpace, an 8,500-square-foot, open-concept workspace that enables students to bring their engineering concepts to life, using CNC machines, 3D printers, laser cutters and electronics workstations.

“We are deeply indebted to Lawrence for giving our students and faculty the gift of innovation,” says Joseph Hartman, dean of the Francis College of Engineering.

Lin and other supporters have already contributed more than $88 million to Our Legacy, Our Place: The Campaign for UMass Lowell. For more information on how you can leave your own legacy, contact the Office of University Advancement at 603-934-2223.

The Francis College of Engineering MakerSpace will be named in honor of Lawrence C.H. Lin ’90, president of Grand Dynasty Industrial Co.