Edwin L. Aguirre
More than 100 people had a firsthand look at the exciting research that UMass Lowell faculty and students are conducting in nanomanufacturing and nanotechnology during the fourth annual Nano Summit, held April 1 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell.
Profs. Joey Mead and Carol Barry, co-directors of the Nanomanufacturing Centers at UMass Lowell, welcomed participants to the summit, which featured more than 60 technical posters. The posters were presented by more than 30 researchers from UMass Lowell, including eight from the Northeastern University Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, and covered such topics as nanoelectronics, nanomedicine, nanomaterials and environmental, health and safety issues of nanomaterials.
Representatives and panelists from allied institutions and industry partners such as Nypro, Raytheon, Konarka, Albright Technologies, AdMed, Reade Advanced Materials, Nanotron and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology were also on hand to answer questions.
Dana Granville of the Army Research Laboratory’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland gave a talk on “Doing Business with the Federal Government,” while Michael McGee of Nypro delivered this year’s keynote address on “Doing Business with UML; An Industrial Perspective.”
New features at this year’s summit were a panel discussion on “nanobusiness” and a Nypro-sponsored nano-networking reception where companies and job seekers could connect and exchange information.
In his welcome remarks, Chancellor Marty Meehan announced that the University’s new $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) will break ground in June, with an expected completion date of fall 2012.
“The Center is expected to help spawn entire new industries; particularly through nanomanufacturing; as well as move R & D companies toward full-scale production, especially in life sciences fields,” said Meehan.
He said the ETIC will grow an already vibrant program of industry partnership, develop manufacturing technologies that promote jobs in the Commonwealth and help prepare a highly educated workforce to attract new businesses to the state.
“The future of Lowell, the Merrimack Valley and the Commonwealth will emerge from this new research and learning center,” he said.