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Francis College of Engineering

The Francis College of Engineering has long served as an economic engine for the Merrimack Valley and beyond, providing talent and technology in engineering, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and electronics. Our research meets challenges in energy, sustainability, information technology, and personalized medicine, while pursuing educational initiatives, increasing student opportunities and meeting workforce needs.

Engineering Solutions through Research

Highly magnified view of lung cancer cells Photo by Anne Weston, EM STP, Francis Crick Institute, UK
Three times a year, the College of Engineering highlights its research endeavors in its publication Engineering Solutions. Our faculty and students work with foundations and companies to engineer solutions to society's most pressing problems. Read Engineering Solutions.

A Helping Hand

UMass Lowell students have joined together across majors to design, build and donate prosthetic devices for children.

eNABLE Lowell is a local chapter of a global nonprofit volunteer organization that provides 3D printed prosthetic devices to children around the world.


Hear From Our Students, Alumni & More

  • Mickyas Yihdego

    Electrical Engineering

    Mickyas Yihdego, an electrical engineering major originally from Ethiopia, helps the Lowell Housing Authority digitize its blueprints archive through his work-study job at O’Leary Library.

  • Matthew Burke


    While he was accepted at several high-caliber engineering programs in the Boston area, Matt is happy that he chose UMass Lowell.

  • Harish Hande

    Renewable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

    Social entrepreneur Harish Hande is helping the poor in India in an economically and environmentally sustainable way, by bringing affordable solar power to the countryside.

  • Brianna Atwood

    Plastics Engineering

    Brianna Atwood came to UMass Lowell to study plastics engineering – but she’s done so much more. The honors student started a volunteer program that connects UML students with a local school. She has also participated in the professional co-op program, working on fire-resistant seals for airplanes.

  • Matt Cherkerzian

    Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

    Matt Cherkerzian is an EMT majoring in criminal justice who helps with research into decision-making by first responders.

  • Mark Lalli

    Chemical Engineering

    In just three years, Commonwealth Scholar and UMass Lowell alumni, Mark Lalli graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Because of his research opportunities at the university, he was able pursue a Ph.D.