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Patrick Drane

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Patrick Drane, M.S.M.E. Assistant Director of Baseball Research Center / Technical Program Manager


Experimental Mechanics of Baseball Bats & Other Sports Equipment, Composite Materials, High-Speed Imaging, Laboratory Setup & Management, Conference & Symposium Management, STEM Engagement in K-12

Research Interest

Sports Engineering, Composite Materials, Materials Testing, Wind Energy, STEM Education

Educational Background

B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E. University of Massachusetts Lowell


Mr. Drane has served as the Assistant Director of the Baseball Research Center since 2003 and has helped lead the center to become an internationally recognized center of excellence in the field of baseball and baseball bat research and a leader among facilities focusing on sports engineering research in the United States.  His organization of the 9th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) brought the sports engineering researchers from around the world to Lowell in 2012.  While serving at the Assistant Director of the Baseball Research Center, Patrick has also worked with other research laboratories, facilities, and initiatives that include, the Advanced Composite Materials and Textile Research Laboratory, Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence, TEAMS Academy, Plastics Engineering Department, Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, Core Research Facilities, and Wind Energy Research Group.