Julie Chen, UMass Lowell’s vice chancellor of research and economic development, is an expert on innovative research and how universities and industry partner to advance important research in cutting-edge technologies in fields from nanomanufacturing to flexible electronics. She is skilled in explaining complex research and technology in terms that are easy for the average person to understand.
Chen can discuss how collaboration between academic institutions and businesses help educate the next generation of researchers through providing real-world experience. Chen is a nationally respected researcher in her own right, specializing in nanotechnology, particularly how it can be used in advanced manufacturing. 
Chen has led the way in establishing major new research centers at UMass Lowell. Recent additions include the Fabric Discovery Center, which researches and develops revolutionary new textiles in collaboration with large and small businesses, and the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute located at the university’s state-of-the-art Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center. Chen has also testified before Congress to advocate for federal support for university-industry partnerships to accelerate the development of new technologies and to address important issues such as intellectual property.
The first woman to lead UMass Lowell’s $68 million research enterprise, Chen is also one of the lead faculty on Making WAVES, UMass Lowell’s National Science Foundation-funded effort to help women faculty advance in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines by removing obstacles to their success.
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