Even in difficult times, alumni and friends continue to step forward to make a difference for UML students. Bhupen Shah ’92 and his wife, Ramika, have committed $1 million to rename and refurbish Kitson Hall on North Campus.
This gift is part of their continued effort to help UML students. The Shahs have an endowed scholarship fund, named for the family, to help engineering students pursue their degrees. Bhupen has also engaged in sponsored research and co-op opportunities for students.
“I learned a lot at UMass Lowell, and I owe a lot to the university. I’m trying to pay it back in any way I can,” he says. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to help update Kitson. Though the majority of my classes were in Ball Hall, I did have classes in Kitson, so it feels close to me.”
Shah is the vice president of engineering for Maynard, Mass.-based Acacia Communications Inc., which develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to improve communications networks. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the university in 1992.
“We are so thankful to Bhupen and Ramika for stepping forward during this challenging time to continue their commitment to UML and our engineering students,” says Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney.
The gift will help to fund the updating of classrooms, a new study and lounge area, refreshed stairwells, new flooring and lighting. Work is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2021.