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Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC)

What Is PERC?

The Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC) will establish a strategic partnership between Industry, University and Government. It will include companies of all sizes, public and private universities, and DoD and New England partners to strengthen and expand the region’s capabilities in printed and flexible electronics.  

The goals of PERC include:

  • Establish a world-class Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Printed Electronics (PE) research center rooted in real world applications
  • Solicit member organizations providing premier elements of the Printed Electronics Supply Chain
  • Focus on companies with a presence in New England Region
  • Leverage State funding [Mass Tech Collaborative] in the form of a 3:1 match
  • Initially focus on DoD applications cluster
  • Provide training for future PE engineers and scientists

We are currently recruiting Ph.D. and M.S. Students to work in Printed Electronics for RF and MW Applications. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please contact us for more information.

What PERC means to the university... UMass Lowell Vice Provost for Research Julie Chen - PERC Announcement (1:15)

Vice Provost of Research & PERC Director Discuss PERC In Radio Interview


Labs, Centers & Institutes

Research in the College is generally conducted through a variety of Labs, Centers and Institutes, many of which are interdisciplinary, as listed here:

  • Advanced Computation and Telecommunications: The Center has been active in the areas of compute-intensive modeling of physical and information systems, and research areas include medical imaging, acoustics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, control, probabilistic modeling, information processing and communication networks.
  • Advanced Electronics Technology Center: The research mission is the development of reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology performed in conjunction with supporting companies.
  • Advanced Materials: Its goal is the development of a knowledge base in the design, synthesis, characterization and intelligent processing of advanced materials, driven by the needs of potential technological applications.
  • Assistive Technology Research Center: The main purpose of the Assistive Technology Program is to provide our engineering students with interesting and challenging problems which may be resolved by applying those technologies that have been presented in our curriculum.
  • Baseball Research Center: The mission of the center is to be a Center of Excellence for the Science and Engineering of Baseball for both experimental and analytical methods, concentrating on baseball bat performance and durability.
  • Bioplastics and Biocomposites: The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) is a National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that focuses on developing high-value biobased products from agricultural and forestry feedstocks.
  • Computer Machine/Human Intelligence, Networking & Distributed Systems: Helping advance the analytical, experimental, and operational aspect of Computer Engineering and Information Technologies that have potential influence on the Acquisition, Management, and Storage of Knowledge and Data Engineering and Services.
  • Electric Car and Energy Conversion: The primary focus is application of renewable energy in roof-top residential, industrial, and utility-interactive environments.
  • Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center: MBMC is an interdisciplinary research, development and education center that assists biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to validated, cGMP compliant manufacturing processes.
  • Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center: M2D2 is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts.
  • Nanomanufacturing Center: The Center's mission is the creation of environmentally benign manufacturing processes that enable commercialization of nanotechnology products.
  • Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics (CPEN): Research and development in the Center focuses on the interaction of electromagnetic fields with materials and devices of use in microwave and optical systems and applications.
  • Radiation Laboratory: Provides controlled radiation environments and analytical measurement services to government organizations and to industry. The laboratory provides facilities for proton, neutron and gamma environments.
  • Wind Energy Research Group: WERG unique expertise and capabilities to conduct research in the advancement of wind turbine science and systems. The group consists of thirteen interdisciplinary faculty members whose research focuses on wind turbine manufacturing, reliability, energy storage, and design.