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Nanotech NSF Grants Boost UMass Lowell


Recent Grants Show Range of Science and Tech Research

LOWELL ߝ Chancellor Marty Meehan today announced five awards totaling more than $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation in August, three of which expand UMass Lowell’s signature research in nanotechnology. Overall, UMass Lowell has pulled in $51.5 million in federal research funds from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.

“Just as nanotechnology is shaping the world’s future, these grants are shaping the future of UMass Lowell,” said Meehan, who took the helm at UMass Lowell July 1. “We have scientists working with engineers on a project involving nanowire and nanofiber sensors to improve detection of explosives. Others are seeking to create nanoheaters that can apply heat very precisely in time and space, to develop safer manufacturing processes. At the same time, our community outreach center is using the excitement surrounding nanotechnology to offer an after school program to middle school students ߝ paving the way for the high tech workforce of tomorrow. The leading federal research agency that recognizes excellence in science and technology is recognizing UMass Lowell.”

The following are the August NSF grants, with the associated researchers:

  • $755,691 for “The Science of Small Things” after school program at Wang and Robinson middle schools in Lowell- Linda Silka, Shawn Barry, Leonor Daley, Robin Toof (UMass Lowell);
  • $589,775 for “Industrial Safety of Nanoheaters” -  Julie Chen and Zhiyong Gu (UMass Lowell), Teiichi Ando (Northeastern U), and Peter Wong (Tufts U);
    * $800,000 for “EXP-LA: High Precision Detection and Prediction of Explosives Based on Multiple Sensing Systems and Data Fusion” - Pradeep Kurup, Jayant Kumar, Hongwei Sun, Ramaswamy Nagarajan, and Zhiyong Gu (UMass Lowell);
  • $150,000 for  “CRI: IAD: Programmable Network Infrastructure with Emerging Technologies” - Yan Luo, Jie Wang, Kavitha Chandra, and Guanling Chen (UMass Lowell);
  • $50,000 for “NeTS-WN: Collaborative Research: Cooperative Wireless Networking: Foundations and Practice” - Benyuan Liu (UMass Lowell).

NSF funds to date for year ending Sept. 30, 2007 total $4.1 million for new awards.

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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