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Entrepreneurs’ Gifts to Further ‘Green’ Program


WHAT: UMass Lowell will announce generous donations from two alumni that will advance the study and research of “green” plastics. The announcement of the gifts and how they will be used will be made at a luncheon event.

The donors are Mark Saab ’81 and Jim Dandeneau ’80, both graduates of the Plastics Engineering Department. Both leveraged their UMass Lowell education to become leaders in the field of plastics manufacturing.

Saab, a Lowell resident, is president, co-founder and co-owner of Advanced Polymers Inc. in Salem, N.H. The company manufactures the world’s thinnest, strongest and smallest heat-shrink tubing and produces high- and low-pressure balloons for the medical device industry.

Dandeneau, who lives in Thompson, Conn., is the former president and CEO of Putnam Plastics Corp. in Dayville, Conn. Under his leadership, Putnam became the nation’s top makers of specialty polymers serving the medical device industry. Dandeneau currently serves on the board of directors of Memry Corp., based in Bethel, Conn.

Both donors and UMass Lowell representatives will be available for interviews at the event.

WHERE:   Alumni Hall, 84 University Ave., UML North, Lowell                 

In the event of snow, please call the University’s cancellation hotline at 978-934-2121. If the University is closed, this event will be canceled.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224