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UMass President Caret Tours ETIC

Facility Is on Schedule for 2012 Opening

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UMass President Robert Caret, left, with UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan during a tour of the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center under construction.

By Edwin L. Aguirre

Chancellor Marty Meehan gave UMass President Robert Caret a firsthand tour of the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) under construction during the president’s visit on Oct. 12.

Located on the corner of University Avenue and the VFW Highway on North Campus, the $70 million, 84,000-square-foot project will house nanotechnology, plastics engineering, biomedicine and electro-optics research and will become the hub of industry partnerships and new manufacturing technologies in the region.

Caret, who took office July 1, said he was impressed with the ETIC’s amenities and is excited about the interaction that will take place between University professors, students and the business community once the center opens.

The research and academic facility is on schedule for an August 2012 opening. The building’s exterior is just about completed, and workers are now busy setting up the interior labs. Watch live feed and time-lapse videos of the construction. 

The ETIC is just one of many construction projects at UMass Lowell, including the Health and Social Sciences Building on South Campus and the 550-car North Parking Garage.

President’s Statewide Bus Tour

Caret’s visit was part of a four-day, 24-event statewide bus tour, called “On the Road Together,” during which he touted the University's strengths and also sought suggestions on how the University of Massachusetts could better serve the Commonwealth and its citizens.

“My purpose in traveling the state is to meet with key partners to discuss how we are working together and to pledge to do all we can at the University of Massachusetts to make the Commonwealth’s future as bright and as prosperous as it can be,” he said.

In addition to the ETIC tour, Caret and Meehan had a luncheon meeting with local business leaders, including members of the Lowell Plan, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, a discussion with UMass Lowell’s industry partners and a town hall meeting with students.