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Dr. George Kachen has become the director of business development for nanomanufacturing at UMass Lowell. Formerly, he was vice president for business development at Triton Systems, where he led several initiatives that more than doubled the size of the company. He also chaired the Industrial Advisory Board supporting the UMass Lowell/Northeastern University/UNH Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing.
Kachen’s special expertise is in the application of nanotechnology to products: for example, NanoTuf™, a Triton-developed new abrasion- and chemical-resistant coating for protective eyewear.
“My goal at the University is to build on collaborative efforts with industry and the federal government,” says Kachen. “Also, we want to nurture and increase association with emerging and small businesses.”
Kachen is using contacts and skills developed over 30 years of business development, program management and the commercialization of technology. He has interacted closely with program managers at aerospace companies and at agencies such as DARPA, the research branches of the military services and the Missile Defense Agency
Kachen received his B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California Berkeley, his M.S. in nuclear engineering from MIT and his Ph.D. in applied science from the University of California Davis. He has numerous publications in the areas of lasers, optics and laser material interactions.