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Our Alumni Succeed

The spectacular success of UMass Lowell alums –inventing AstroTurf, running Fortune 500 companies, producing Broadway plays, being the U.S. Ambassador to Spain -- is front and center in the 30- second TV spot for UMass Lowell.  The ad, first in a series of alumni-based spots, features Rich Miner, Lynne Samuelson and Adam Ayan, all of whom have stories that are proof positive that UMass Lowell graduates are Work Ready, Life Ready and World Ready.

Adam P. Ayan BM '97 Performance Sound Recording Technology - UMass LowellAdam P. Ayan BM '97 Performance Sound Recording Technology - UMass Lowell

"Mastering is all about bringing my clients’ music to its fullest sonic potential, and always respecting their artistic vision. I have been in the fortunate position of mastering recordings across many musical genres, maintaining the same philosophy of crafting my clients’ recordings to best serve their musical message. Be it rock, pop, metal, country or jazz, the concept is always the same: master to best convey my clients’ recordings to the listener."

A current resident of Portland, ME, Adam Ayan is a 1997 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell's Sound Recording Technology program. Adam started at Gateway Mastering & DVD as a production engineer in August 1998, and in August 2001 his mastering studio at Gateway was opened for business. Adam has won a Grammy Award, three Latin Grammy Awards and TEC Award.

His diverse list of mastering credits includes projects for such artists as Madonna, the Foo Fighters, Sarah McLachlan, Faith Hill, Pearl Jam, Keith Urban, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Incubus, to name a few. Adam has mastered several Grammy Award winning recordings (in the double digits), and has over 80 Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum projects to his credit to date. 

Adam’s credits include:

2006 Grammy Best Historical Album The Complete Library of Congress Recordings (Jelly Roll Morton) by Alan Lomax
2007 Latin Grammy (2)  Best Engineered Album and Album of the Year for La Llave De Mi Corazon by Juan Luis Guerra
2008 Grammy Nomination Album of the Year These Days by Vince Gill
2009 TEC Award Surround Sound recording Live at Wembly Stadium by The Foo Fighters
2010 Latin Grammy Album of the Year A Son de Guerra by Juan Luis Guerra

Adam has also been nominated for several other TEC Awards, including nominations for his mastering work on projects for Nine Inch Nails, The Barenaked Ladies, Dream Theater, and Rascal Flatts. 

Lynne Samuelson, Ph.D.Lynne Samuelson, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Natick, Massachusetts

Dr. Lynne Samuelson is currently the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). In this role, Dr. Samuelson's primary responsibility is to advocate for and oversee the execution of the NSRDEC's S&T program. This includes providing scientific and technical leadership to ensure the highest level of scientific integrity; overseeing and managing the core basic research program; promoting active national and international external collaboration and leveraging within the Department of the Army, DoD, Academia and Industry and serving as overall advocate and mentor to Natick's scientific community.

Dr. Samuelson's research background includes over 30 years of research in the areas of electronic and photonic polymers and nano materials . Dr. Samuelson's experience is broad-based and has spanned such areas as nanofabrication, biosensors, smart membranes, supramolecular assemblies, biomolecular signal transduction, and electronic and optical devices. Dr. Samuelson has most recently worked to transition and apply results of her research interests into Warfighter applications such as Soldier-borne power and flame retardant materials.

Dr. Samuelson obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Polymer Science/Plastics Engineering in 1990, under the advisorship of Professor Sukant Tripathy. She is currently a UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty member and Visiting Scientist in the department. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a staff chemist at GTE Laboratories in Waltham, Massachusetts for eight years. Dr. Samuelson is a co-author of over 160 publications and 25 patents.

Richard A. Miner BS'86; MS'89; Ph.D'97 Computer Science, University of LowellRichard A. Miner BS'86; MS'89; Ph.D. '97 Computer Science, University of Lowell

Rich Miner is a Partner at Google Ventures. He has spent the past 25 years growing businesses with innovative communications and interface-intensive applications. Rich joined Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms company that he co-founded. During his first three years at Google, he helped lead the development of the Android platform and ecosystem. Prior to Android, Rich was a Vice President at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America and also started and was a principal in Orange Ventures. He came to Orange through the acquisition of another company that he co-founded, Wildfire, which made a voice-based personal assistant. He met his Wildfire co-founder when he helped incubate Avid Technology in his University lab. Rich is based in Boston.

As an undergraduate, Miner had thoughts about becoming a physicist. However, in his spare time, he wrote computer games for his Commodore 64 computer. This drove him to an interest in computer science and entrepreneurship. While at the University, Miner created projects ranging from designing and building a 7281 parallel dataflow co-processor to building a high-resolution graphics card for photographs, office documents, and satellite/medical images. He was also a principal developer of the EXP language to support math researchers and image processing, and did groundbreaking work in the field of video conferencing.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2009 Innovator Award from the Mass Technology Leadership Council
  • 2012 University Alumni Award Recipient, College of Sciences

Boards and Affiliations:

  • Director and Advisor of PhoneSpots
  • Mentor at TechStars, LLC
  • Director of SCVNGR, Inc., Trada, Inc., and VigLink
  • Former Director of RadioFrame Networks Inc.
  • Rich was a featured speaker at the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT in September 2009