Dream big and work hard. That's the River Hawk way. UMass Lowell students pursue  their passion for learning in the classroom and beyond. They are each unique but are united in their drive to make a difference. Here are some of their stories.

Profiles List

  • Aaron Stella
    Medical Laboratory Science, Clinical Laboratory Sciences

    Before Aaron Stella graduated from the medical laboratory science program, he had more job offers than he knew what to do with.

  • Aaron Wilson
    Public Health

    Aaron Wilson chose UMass Lowell because of the strength of the public health program. Once he transferred, he immersed himself in campus life, getting involved in everything from clubs to research as a laboratory assistant at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

  • Abby McNulty
    Accounting

    Through the Manning School’s Business and Entrepreneur Scholars in Training program, Abby McNulty developed a case study analysis of the Columbia Gas explosions.

  • Abdul Hameed
    Public Health – Healthcare Management

    A practicum in infection prevention at a hospital prepared Abdul Hameed for a job with the CDC, preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and other health-care facilities.

  • Abigail Giarrosso
    Chemistry

    Honors chemistry major Abigail Giarrosso helped develop a safer paint-stripper at her work-study job at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. She stayed to pursue her master's and has taken on her next research challenge: finding an alternative to acetone-based removers for gel manicures.

  • Adam Norton
    Graphic Design

    Adam Norton’s experience at the UMass Lowell robotics lab and Revolving Museum allowed him to work with iRobot on educational school visits to get the next generation hooked on robotics.

  • Adeja Crearer
    English, minors in Political Science and Digital Media

    One faculty member opened a door for Adeja Crearer, and it changed her life.

  • Akbar Abduljalil
    Economics

    Motivated by the loss of a lake he had enjoyed as a child in his native Uzbekistan, economics major Akbar Abduljalil has taken on the role of president of the Student Society for Sustainability.

  • Akshay Alamuri
    Exercise Science

    Akshay Alamuri says UMass Lowell fit his family’s budget – and his own goal of becoming a physical therapist.

  • Alejandro Lopez
    Economics

    The Model U.N. program and a semester interning and learning in Washington, D.C., helped Alejandro Lopez put economic and political theory into practice - and paved the way for a successful career.

  • Alexa DeVito
    Nursing

    A research scholarship taught nursing student Alexa DeVito more about her chosen profession – and gave her a faculty mentor.

  • Alexander Eden
    Biology

    UTeach graduate Alexander Eden won the Exemplary New Teacher Award for science education in his first year of teaching.

  • Allyson Toppi
    Mechanical Engineering

    Allyson Toppi never thought she could work in robotics. An internship at Brooks Automation changed her mind – and turned into a full-time job.

  • Amanda Baptiste
    Exercise Physiology and Education

    Through leadership opportunities as a student-athlete, exercise physiology graduate Amanda Baptiste found her voice — and discovered her calling to become a high school biology teacher.

  • Amina Mohammed
    Nursing

    Amina Mohammed is the first Youth Poet Laureate of Worcester and a first-year nursing major who loves helping people, especially children.

  • Amos Kungu
    Business Administration

    After a globetrotting career in IT, Amos Kungu of Kenya is setting his sights on starting his own company. He's working on a master’s degree in entrepreneurship — while working full time and raising a family.

  • Andrea Patino Galindo
    Finance

    The Honors Program at Middlesex Community College helped Andrea Patino Galindo master English – and transfer to the Honors College at UMass Lowell.

  • Andreas Himariotis
    Exercise Science

    A scholarship introduced Andreas Himariotis to research – and a possible career as a sports researcher.

  • Andre DiFilippo
    Marketing & Management

    After making his mark at UML as Student Government Association president, Manning School of Business senior Andre DiFilippo is excited to get started on a sales career.

  • Andre Ragel
    Management

    Ever since moving to Lowell from the Philippines with his mom as a child, Andre Ragel has embraced a sink-or-swim attitude – one that carried the business administration major through a busy first year on campus.

  • Andrew  Stanwicks
    Exercise Physiology

    The summer after his freshman year, Andrew Stanwicks worked in a hospital rehabilitation research lab.

  • Andrew Farkas
    Health Informatics

    Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.

  • Andrew Sciascia
    Political Science & Criminal Justice

    Andrew Sciascia’s studies in political science and homeland security are combining with his student newspaper experience to prepare him for a career as a political analyst.

  • Angela Messina
    Education

    Until her senior year of high school, Angela Messina assumed she couldn’t afford college. But thanks to scholarships and work, she’s pursuing her dream of being a public school teacher.

  • Angela King Lines
    Criminal Justice

    Angela King Lines is already on the front lines of fighting crime as a manager at Walmart. She says her degree in criminal justice helped prepare her for her next fight: reducing the backlog of DNA tests in rape and murder cases.

  • Angeline Castillo
    Public Health

    As a well-being coach, Angeline Castillo reaches out to other health sciences students to ease their stress.

  • Annie Soup Koagne
    Public Health

    Annie Soup Koagne is getting everything she can out of UMass Lowell, while working to make it a better place.

  • Anthony Gaeta
    Mathematics & Economics

    Anthony Gaeta says his six-month co-op at John Hancock Financial gave him real-world experience in his dream job as an actuary.

  • Ardeth  Thawnghmung
    Political Science

    When Ardeth Thawnghmung of the political science department teaches international relations, her students will be learning from someone with real hands-on experiences.

  • Arielle Joasil
    Electrical Engineering

    Electrical engineering major Arielle Joasil discovered a gold mine of opportunities at UML, including a co-op at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a fellowship at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a research assistant role at UML’s Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications.

  • Arno Minkkinen
    Art & Design

    Fans of Prof. Arno Minkkinen’s iconic photography may be surprised to know that the camera was not his first artistic love affair.

  • Ashleigh  Hillier
    Psychology

    Ashleigh Hillier’s work in the areas of neuropsychology, psychophysiology and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is cutting-edge, interesting and extraordinarily beneficial to young people in the community and beyond.

  • Ashley  Ventrillo
    Public Health

    Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.

  • Atthaphon Mumi
    Entrepreneurship

    With a dissertation on social media’s role in the entrepreneurial process, Thailand’s Atthaphon Mumi became the first graduate of the Manning School of Business’ Ph.D. in entrepreneurship program.

  • Augustin Cruz
    Exercise Science

    Augustin Cruz came to UMass Lowell for its exercise science program and the wealth of research opportunities for undergraduates.

  • Barry Perry ’68, ’15 (H)
    Plastics Engineering

    Alum Barry Perry is paying it forward because he believes today's students deserve the same chance he had.

  • Ben Jeter
    Sociology

    Ben Jeter’s experiences at UMass Lowell, including participating in the professional co-op program and his job as a resident advisor, turned him into a student leader.

  • Benedicta Agyemang-Brantuo
    Chemistry

    Benedicta Agyemang-Brantuo won the 2021 MLK Service Award for starting a club to address health disparities – amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Benjamin McEvoy
    Business, Finance & Management Information Systems

    Benjamin McEvoy has been racking up wins as a DifferenceMaker competitor with partner Edward Morante and their idea for an inclusive combination of baseball and cricket, Benji Ball.

  • Bernard  Trubowitz
    History

    Bernard Trubowitz says his history major and labor studies minor, plus years of summer and weekend museum experience, prepared him well for his job at Lowell National Historical Park.

  • Biar Kon
    Business Administration

    Biar Kon grew up in refugee camps in Kenya. Now he gives back to the city’s refugee community through his work with the International Institute of New England.

  • Bob Manseau
    Education

    Bob Manseau was named Principal of the Year for his work in New Hampshire, but its his education from UMass Lowell that made the difference for him.

  • Bradley Sherwood
    History

    Bradley Sherwood explains history to school children and adults at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, an educational partnership between the university and Lowell National Historical Park.

  • Brendon Aylaian
    Business Management

    Army veteran and business major Brendon Aylaian is working on a solar energy project in Haiti for his Honors College capstone.

  • Brent Shell
    Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences

    When Brent Shell arrived at UMass Lowell as a lecturer of anatomy and biology, he also took on the role of managing the Student Resource Center and worked as an advisor for the Health Education Academic Living Learning (HEALL).

  • 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.

  • Brigid Archibald
    English

    Brigid Archibald always wanted to be a superhero. Now the editor of the student newspaper, The Connector, she sees journalists as today’s heroes.

  • Bryanna Ippolito
    Nutritional Science

    After working with Alzheimer’s patients while in high school, Bryanna Ippolito is pursuing her bachelor's in nutritional science and developed a program for students who someday may be working with Alzheimer’s patients to understand what it’s like to live with the disease.

  • Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo
    Business Administration

    Carla Gonzalez Hidalgo is a full-time student and her family’s sole support. Yet she finds time to volunteer for causes she believes in.

  • Carolina Reyes
    English – Creative Writing

    Inspired by a summer program, Carolina Reyes is determined to become an English teacher at Lawrence High School.

  • Caroline Owusu
    Nursing

    Caroline Owusu lost an internship because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and found a passion for research.

  • Cassie Harding
    Public Health

    Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.

  • Catherine de Groot
    Marketing

    Catherine de Groot enjoys using her marketing skills to help nonprofits in Lowell.

  • Catherine York
    Nutritional Science

    Nutritional science major Catherine York seems to excel in all that she does.

  • Chandni Shahdev
    Public Health – Epidemiology

    Her master’s degree in public health and research experiences helped Chandni Shahdev get a job with the CDC Foundation, working with employers to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • Chanelle Cruz
    Marketing

    During her six-month sales operations co-op at Kronos, business administration major Chanelle Cruz developed her Salesforce CRM problem-solving skills.

  • Charlie Levesque
    Chemistry

    In a sport where team chemistry is vital, UML hockey player Charlie Levesque brings the perspective of an actual chemistry major – one with the goal of one day becoming a chiropractor.

  • Cheryl and Paul Katen
    Plastics Technology; Physics

    Cheryl and Paul Katen are funding a scholarship to give diverse students “a leg up.”

  • Paul Campbell
    CHESS Engineering

    Paul Campbell enjoys the iHub community, the convenient downtown location and the relationship with UMass Lowell.

  • Chris Burns
    Accounting, Finance

    Rising sophomore Chris Burns, one of five UMass students to win a $10,000 William Bulger Presidential Scholarship, came into the Manning School of Business with a strong sense of purpose.

  • Chris & Paula White
    Engineering

    The founders of what has become a multimillion dollar premium, all-natural cookie dough and ice cream sandwich company hold degrees in engineering.

  • Christina  Han
    Criminal Justice

    Christina Han’s work with Multicultural Affairs, her club leadership and her studies in criminal justice converged in her honors capstone: running a “Support Space” for Asian American and Pacific Islander students during a surge in hate crimes.

  • Christina Sirignano
    History and Education

    A scholarship endowed in memory of the late English teacher and lecturer Socrates Lagios helped Christina Sirignano complete her master’s degree in education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Christine Clancy
    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    As Lowell’s city engineer, civil and environmental engineering alum Christine Clancy ’06 is responsible for infrastructure projects on streets, bridges and sidewalks throughout the city – including those on the campus of her alma mater.

  • Christine Vaudo
    Business Analytics

    Christine Vaudo returned to school after a long gap to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Manning School of Business and then decided to pursue her master’s degree in business analytics.

  • Christopher Ingemi
    Civil & Environmental Engineering

    A former carpenter sidelined by the recession, Christopher Ingemi went back to school at Middlesex Community College and then transferred to UML. Now, thanks to his job in a lab, he’s completed his master’s in civil engineering and found a great job as a bridge designer.

  • Chummeng Soun
    Asian Studies, Digital Media

    Chummeng Soun is documenting the traditional dances of his native Cambodia with support from the Center for Asian American Studies and the Southeast Asian Digital Archive.

  • Claire Hall
    American Studies

    UMass Lowell has always been part of Claire Hall’s life. Now, three decades after starting her degree in American studies, Hall can call herself a UML graduate.

  • Collin Duffley
    Nuclear Engineering

    An elbow injury may have thrown the promising baseball career of Collin Duffley for a curve, but fortunately he still has his nuclear engineering career to fall back on.

  • Cora Casteel
    Mathematics

    Cora Casteel says mathematics will help her with a career in policing and criminal justice policy.

  • Coral  Gonzalez
    Nursing

    Coral Gonzalez set her sights on becoming a nurse after she was hospitalized in middle school. The Honors College student won one of the first Oprah Winfrey Scholarships to help her succeed.

  • Corrina Quaglietta
    Nursing

    Honors nursing student Corrina Quaglietta studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain, the summer after her freshman year. The experience turned her into a huge booster of study abroad.

  • Dana Ibrahim
    Peace and Conflict Studies & Political Science

    Dana Ibrahim chose UMass Lowell for its peace and conflict studies program, which lets her combine classes across the social sciences and humanities to suit her goal: to become a diplomat and aid refugees.

  • Dan Hinds and Amanda Weldin
    Stories Podcast

    To these storytellers, the iHub feels like a community - one they needed to help make business decisions.

  • Daniel Barros
    Economics

    Daniel Barros thought the law might be a good way to help people. His classes in legal studies confirmed it.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.

  • Danielle  Poublon
    Marketing & Management

    Just as she does in the high jump, junior business major Danielle Poublon reached new heights during her operations management co-op at Raytheon.

  • Dannalee Watson
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Dannalee Watson loves working in hospital labs, where she analyzes patient samples for signs of disease. She says it’s like being a medical detective.

  • Daphne Shakira Naut
    Political Science & Philosophy

    Honors College student Daphne Shakira Naut was already fluent in two languages and had started on two more by the time she finished high school. Here at UML, she’s picked up a fifth language and studied abroad three times – all while supporting herself.

  • Daryle LaMonica
    Biology

    Marine Corps veteran Daryle LaMonica is on the fast track to becoming a doctor through the UMass Medical School Baccalaureate to M.D. Pathway Program.

  • David Nguyen
    Nursing

    Nursing student David Nguyen learned how to provide hands-on care to COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.

  • David Rosario
    English

    David Rosario says his professors help him to stay focused and motivated.

  • David Todisco
    Political Science

    David Todisco says his political science classes, internships and experiences through UML's partnership with The Washington Center are helping him forge a political career.

  • David Moloney
    English

    David Moloney chose UMass Lowell so he could study creative writing with award-winning author Andre Dubus III. Now he’s published his first book of fiction, “Barker House,” and teaches creative writing.

  • David Morton
    Business Administration & Political Science

    Whether it’s working to improve campus life as Student Government Association president or responding to an emergency call as a student EMT, David Morton has dedicated himself to making UML a better place.

  • David Preusse
    Mechanical Engineering

    Three decades after earning his mechanical engineering degree, Wittmann Battenfeld President David Preusse is helping the university develop the next generation of innovative, highly skilled engineers.

  • Davood Dashti
    International Business

    Davood Dashti’s love of photography helped him transition from home in Iran to college life in the United States. Now, the Manning School of Business student is focused on a professional photography career.

  • Dean Kennedy
    Mechanical Engineering

    Dean Kennedy always dreamed of a career at Disney. The experience he gained and connections he made while earning his bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering helped make that dream come true.

  • Debby Fernand
    Psychology, Sociology and Race and Ethnic Studies

    Debby Fernand says the River Hawk Scholars Academy has introduced her to friends and faculty mentors – and turned her into a leader herself.

  • Deborah Washington Brown
    Mathematics

    One of the first Black women to graduate from UML with a math degree, Deborah Washington Brown ’75 spent her lifetime running toward new challenges.

  • Deborah Friedl
    Criminal Justice, Psychology

    Deborah Friedl ’83 broke barriers for women at the Lowell Police Department. Now president of the International Association of Women Police, she’s advocating for women to play a role in police reform.

  • Declan Burke
    Education

    Declan Burke struggled in school as a child. Now he plans to become a special education teacher.

  • Deepak Bhimani
    Chemistry

    Deepak Bhimani's love of chemistry led him to pursue a degree in chemical textiles at Lowell Textile Institute. His education resulted in the creation of several successful companies, and spurred a desire to give back to the University.

  • Denia Taylor
    Political Science

    Honors student Denia Taylor has overcome many challenges in order to pursue a degree in political science. She plans to take up a career that allows her to combine legal training and philosophy.

  • Dennis Patel
    Finance

    By constantly building his network, Dennis Patel ’19 ’20 made the most of his undergraduate and graduate education — and landed a global supply chain analyst co-op job at Lockheed Martin.

  • Diane Mahoney
    Nursing

    In her career of nearly 50 years, Diane Mahoney has cared for patients in hospitals and in homes, developed training programs for hospital personnel and families, taught college students and received millions of dollars in grant funding to conduct research.

  • Diannely Antigua
    English

    The debut collection of Dominican American poet Diannely Antigua ’12 was released in May, and promptly won the Pamet River Prize.

  • Dic Donohue
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    Retired MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue finished his master’s degree in 2012. Less than a year later, he was shot during a police firefight with the Boston Marathon bombers. After earning his Ph.D. in criminology, he’s taking a job with the RAND Corp.

  • Douglas Correa Ospina
    Economics and Psychology

    Douglas Correa Ospina plans to combine his studies in psychology and economics to help immigrants and others from marginalized groups become more financially secure.

  • Duc Vu
    Chemistry, UTeach

    Duc Vu discovered his ability to teach in high school, so he signed up for the UTeach program in STEM education.

  • Edgar Torres
    Exercise Science, Physical Therapy and Kinesiology

    Clinical Assoc. Prof. Edgar Torres was the first in his family to go to college. Now, he’s a mentor to first-year, first-generation college students.

  • Edina Hirt
    Psychology, Autism Studies

    Honors student Edina Hirt faced hurdles from learning English to battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma while working toward her degree. Still, she won an award for her dedication to community service.

  • Edward Barrett
    Education

    A generous alumni donor, and chair to the Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Education, Edward "Ned" Barrett '58 is forever thankful to his late mother for providing him an educational rudder.

  • Edward Morante
    English

    Edward Morante says his studies in education and English, and his participation in the DifferenceMaker program, are preparing him to teach children of all ages.

  • Edwyn Shoemaker
    Political Science

    Edwyn Shoemaker hasn't had an easy road through life. But he’s taken the right steps for success in his education and wants to help others do the same.

  • Elana Feldman
    Management

    Elana Feldman, an assistant professor of management in the Manning School of Business, draws on her natural curiosity about people and organizations for her research and teaching.

  • Elinor Mayo
    Criminal Justice

    Elinor Mayo has lofty dreams, and Air Force ROTC is helping her find her way to the cockpit.

  • Ellen Panetto
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

  • Elvira Basevich
    Philosophy

    To Asst. Prof. Elvira Basevich, philosophy isn’t abstract – because ideas and ideals are affected by historical experience.

  • Emily Crespo
    English & Music Composition

    Emily Crespo came to UML for its affordability – and for the River Hawk Scholars Academy, now a supportive community for first-year, first-generation college students.

  • Emily Lara
    Business Administration

    Manning School of Business grad Emily Lara ’20 has been California dreamin’ for some time. Now her dream is coming true.

  • Emmanuel Idehen-Ovabor
    Business and Pre-med

    Inspired by his mother’s careers in health care and business, Emmanuel Idehen-Ovabor is working toward a master’s in health care administration while also pursuing his dream of becoming a pediatrician.

  • Emmy Misail
    English – Journalism and Professional Writing

    Emmy Misail won an Honors College creativity fellowship to draw comic strips under the guidance of an art professor.

  • Emoni Baffour
    Management

    Studying abroad in London convinced business student Emoni Baffour ’18 to return to the UK for graduate school and pursue her passion for a career in the fashion industry.

  • Eric Roy
    Meteorology and Mathematics

    Eric Roy started doing meteorological research on campus the summer after his freshman year – and then won two research internships with government agencies.

  • Erin McGuire
    Geoscience

    Erin McGuire has been able to ease into her new job as staff geologist at Nobis Group in Concord, N.H., while putting the finishing touches on her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a geoscience option.

  • Erin Monahan
    Public Administration

    Erin Monahan finds value in learning principles applicable to a wide range of arts and humanities-based organizations. She is getting professional experience as an archivist through an internship at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.

  • Evan Dingle
    English

    Evan Dingle’s passion for helping people and love of international study led him to a job with a nonprofit in Uganda that serves children with special needs.

  • Evelynn Cousey
    Environmental Science

    As co-president of the Society of Environmental Scientists student organization, Evelynn Cousey has developed leadership skills that she plans to take into a career in environmental policy and law.

  • Flore  Stécie Norcéide
    Computer Engineering

    Flore Stécie Norcéide won an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship to study computer engineering here.

  • Steve Smith
    Fonative CEO

    Fonative CEO Steve Smith employs a distributed team of professionals. The iHub brings them together.

  • Franchesca Arias
    Sociology & Spanish

    Honors student Franchesca Arias is passionate about studying abroad after completing a summer program in Valencia, Spain.

  • Frank Stegnar
    Business Administration

    Toronto native Frank Stegnar excelled in the classroom and on the ice as an undergrad at UMass Lowell, so he chose to get his MBA online from the Manning School of Business.

  • Frank McKone
    Engineering

    Over the last 15 years, engineering alumnus Frank McKone '56 has created three endowed funds at the University, each of which tops $250,000 in assets.

  • George Dylan Bistany
    Electrical Engineering

    George Dylan Bistany completed his master’s degree abroad in fall 2019 at the Czech Technical University in Prague.

  • George Peters
    Gemini Eyes Principal

    The UMass Lowell iHub's creative atmosphere helps inventors.

  • Gerrit Boldt
    History & Economics

    Honors history and economics major Gerrit Boldt landed an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, working with cities to improve conditions for low-income residents. Now he’s back on campus as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping first-generation college students succeed.

  • Gertrude Bailey
    Elementary Education

    A Lowell elementary school is named for Gertrude M. Bailey ’48, who taught countless Lowell schoolchildren and mentored a generation of student teachers.

  • Gianni Falzone
    Management, Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship

    Coming from a family of small business owners, entrepreneurship is Gianni Falzone's blood. To develop on his Bachelor's degree, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship.

  • Gifty Kessie
    Mechanical Engineering

    Gifty Kessie takes advantage of opportunities to learn and grow – and then turns around and offers a helping hand to others.

  • Giulia Rabbito
    Economics

    Giulia Rabbito came to UMass Lowell for soccer and a business education – and then fell in love with economics.

  • Grace Chin
    Computer Science

    Great classes and research experience, a professional co-op and a cybersecurity competition are preparing Grace Chin for professional success.

  • Greg Reimonn
    Plastics Engineering

    Greg Reimonn found a faculty mentor to help him research microplastics in waterways, thanks to an honors fellowship.

  • Haley LaFreniere
    Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy

    Motivated to help patients regain strength to live their best possible lives, Haley LaFreniere was inspired early on by her mom to pursue a health-related field.

  • Hannah Casey
    Political Science

    Hannah Casey signed up for the Model U.N. and Mock Trial teams and student government. She interned with a congressional candidate and a defense attorney. Now she’s student body president.

  • Hannah Daly
    Political Science

    Hannah Daly researched the opioid crisis with one professor and the alt-right with another. She’s already published the results of a public opinion survey she helped design, and now she wants to use her research skills to influence public policy on behalf of women.

  • 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.

  • Haylee Dussault
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

  • Hayley Buonodono
    Marketing

    As a merchandising co-op for TJX in Framingham, senior business administration major Hayley Buonodono of Amesbury took a giant step toward her career goal of working as a buyer in the retail industry.

  • Heer Patel
    Accounting, Finance

    A staff accountant internship at Novogradac confirmed business major Heer Patel’s interest in auditing — and opened the door to her becoming just one of 32 college students from across the country selected for its new Building Opportunities mentorship program.

  • John Huikku
    Art

    John Huikku, using his art degree from UMass Lowell, is responsible for some of our most beloved movie characters, including Elsa from "Frozen."

  • Iman Chahine
    Education

    Assoc. Prof. Iman Chahine helps teachers understand how different systems of mathematics serve different cultures. Her research focuses on how indigenous and techno-literate societies engage in mathematics through daily practices.

  • Irene Haley
    English Literature

    After spending almost her entire career as an executive with Exxon Mobil and Starbucks, Irene Haley ’85 has become president and CEO of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce — a role that connects to her early dreams of becoming a teacher.

  • Isabella De Souza
    Nursing

    Isabella De Souza has won two scholarships that will allow her to study Spanish abroad, so she can bring multiple languages to her future nursing career.

  • Isaura Jimenez
    Nursing

    Three bus rides, a different language and a challenging curriculum were not roadblocks for Isaura Jimenez on her path to a nursing degree. She saw them as challenges to be met.

  • Jack Goutier
    Electrical Engineering

    For electrical engineering major Jack Goutier of Attleboro, failure was part of the job during his six-month product safety co-op at Bose Corp.

  • Jack Neary
    English

    Jack Neary ’73 is a prolific playwright, director and actor with 34 published works to his name.

  • Jacob Solomon
    English & Mathematics

    Jacob Solomon is as well-rounded as they come. The honors English and math major is assisting with research in a biology lab.

  • James Forest
    Professor, Director of Security Studies

    I study terrorist group decision-making, counterterrorism strategy and WMD proliferation. Would you like to know

  • James Wilson Joutras
    Liberal Arts – Digital Media and Theatre Arts

    James Joutras came to UMass Lowell to discover himself. His experiences instilled confidence – and took him to Japan, where he plans to work after graduation.

  • Jamie  Smorczewski
    History, Security Studies

    2021 Student Commencement Speaker Jamie Smorczewski knows what it means to persevere, over injury, health issues, the pandemic and life’s curveballs.

  • Jane  El Hachem
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Jane El Hachem, a former journalist from Lebanon, is earning a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her goal is to help with peace efforts in the Middle East.

  • Janelle Christopher
    Education

    Janelle Christopher started studying at UMass Lowell at the same time as her mom, Lorraine.

  • Janelle Diaz
    Psychology

    Janelle Diaz says two things made her undergraduate experience at UMass Lowell really special: residence life and the club she founded, Disable the Label.

  • Jared Socolow
    Psychology

    Jared Socolow turned his own struggles into a research project that he will present at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science.

  • Jenna Kapp
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Peace and Conflict Studies major Jenna Kapp has taken advantage of nearly every opportunity that’s come her way on campus. Now she’s finding more abroad.

  • Jennifer Dossantos
    Business

    Honors College student Jennifer Dossantos is majoring in business because she’s inspired by her mom.

  • Jennifer Schultz
    Mechanical Engineering

    When she was younger, Jennifer Schultz didn’t want to be an engineer. Yet here she is, a summer intern in the office of Nonspec, a company that offers low-cost prosthetic limb systems. She even trekked to India with UMass Lowell’s B.V.B. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

  • Jeremy Duford
    Nutritional Science

    A first-generation college student, Jeremy Duford was nervous about starting college. He says the River Hawk Scholars Academy was a tremendous support.

  • Jessica Dossantos
    Nursing

    Jessica Dossantos chose UMass Lowell for its patient simulation labs – and because her twin sister liked the university, too.

  • Jessica Kergo
    Political Science

    Honors student Jessica Kergo has landed great jobs and internships – including one with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. She also writes for The Connector student newspaper and advocates for mental health awareness.

  • Jessica Amedee
    Public Administration

    Jessica Amedee interned at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as the university’s first Civic Action Project fellow. The program for UMass graduate students in public policy and related fields introduced her to a network of inspiring professionals.

  • Jessica Saad
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Looking back, Jessica Saad doesn’t take for granted how much UMass Lowell —and community health especially— helped prepare her for life outside of college.

  • Jie Wang
    Computer Science

    Jie Wang enjoys teaching computer science at UMass Lowell and likes the freedom of doing research in a university environment.

  • Joey Mead
    Plastics Engineering

    For most of her professional life, Prof. Joey Mead has been interested in plastics.

  • John Martin
    English, Education

    John Martin ’10 ’13 went from ho-hum high school student to Teacher of the Year in the Connecticut district where he teaches high school English.

  • John Kilgo
    Computer Science

    John Kilgo VI began working at MITRE Corporation more than three years ago as an intern, when he was a UMass Lowell undergraduate. Now, he’s employed there full time as a software systems engineer, while enrolled part time in the master’s program in computer science.

  • José Archila Quezada
    Applied Biomedical Sciences

    José Archila Quezada found support and a network of friends in the MAGIC program, which helps students from underrepresented groups pursue medical school.

  • Joshua Santana
    Music Education

    When music education major Joshua Santana teaches local grade-schoolers to play violin through the university’s String Project, he connects with them because he was once in their shoes.

  • Joshua Walsh
    Environmental Engineering

    An honors seminar led Joshua Walsh to design a drinking water system and solar grid for a center in Haiti.

  • Josiah Gennell
    Finance and Management Information Systems

    Business administration major Josiah Gennell loves music and gaming. He hopes that by becoming an information technology consultant, he’ll have the flexibility to pursue those interests and turn them into a career.

  • Joyce Vega
    Education

    Joyce Vega is grateful for all of the scholarships she was able to apply for through UML’s scholarship portal.

  • Juan Boungou
    Global Studies

    Juan Boungou, a former Fulbright Fellow, started a nonprofit for underprivileged youth in the Republic of the Congo. Now he’s earning his Ph.D. in global studies to expand his learning and his impact.

  • Juana Guerrero
    Nursing

    Juana Guerrero came to UML with strong academic credentials. A support program helped boost her confidence and leadership skills, too.

  • Julie Lawton
    Political Science

    Joining a club as soon as she arrived on campus got Julie Lawton experience on two political campaigns as well as internships in the Boston mayor’s office and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus – all within a year.

  • Julie Lun
    Criminal Justice

    Julie Lun is the first in her family to attend college – and she wants to help other first-generation students start on the path to better lives.

  • Jyotik Savaj
    Energy Engineering/Solar

    Jyotik Savaj, who is enrolled in the Master of Science in Energy Engineering/Solar Program, aims to help fulfill the need for solar power and has a paid co-op job at Exyte, an engineering and project management company specializing in high-tech facilities.

  • Kadeem Davis
    Finance

    Kadeem Davis stepped out of his comfort zone to start the Black Student Union. He’s learned a lot about leadership and building an organization—and about the diverse interests of black students on campus.

  • Kady Phelps
    History

    Kady Phelps came to UMass Lowell to major in education, but history caught up with her. She earned her master’s degree in history and the Excellence in Students Cultural Heritage Award for her work on an exhibit about Portuguese immigration to Lowell.

  • Kanya Derisme
    Marketing, Digital Media

    Through her coursework, business student Kanya Derisme gained the skills and knowledge needed for a career in digital marketing. Through her leadership roles in student organizations, she learned something about herself.

  • Karin Loach
    Education – STEM

    Science teacher Karin Loach says UMass Lowell’s well-paced and structured online Doctor of Education program was a perfect fit.

  • Karina Cruz
    Public Administration

    Karina Cruz appreciates the flexibility, small classes and in-depth administrative skills she’s learning, from how to change public policy to managing a diverse workforce.

  • Kate Killion
    Public Health – Dietetics

    Kate Killion came to UML because it’s the only university in New England that offers a dietetics degree with a public health perspective.

  • Katherine Moses
    Energy Engineering

    Katherine Moses ’12 came to Lowell to get a master’s degree in energy engineering. She fell in love with the city and has worked as Lowell’s energy manager since 2014, helping it become more energy efficient while also partnering with UML on sustainability projects.

  • Katherine L. Tucker
    Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences

    Prof. Katherine L. Tucker has turned her early roots in food and nutrition into a research career. At UMass Lowell, she leads the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, tackling the problems of nutrition in our society head on.

  • Katie Sanchez
    Business Administration

    Katie Sanchez ’20 is a step closer to her goal of becoming a chartered financial analyst after being accepted into Boston Scientific’s financial leadership development program.

  • Katie McGourty
    Applied Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Katie McGourty took advantage of UML's Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program and completed her master’s in one year. She landed a job with Pfizer Inc. in the inflammation and immunology department before she graduated.

  • Keith  Mitchell
    English

    Assoc. Prof. Keith Mitchell, winner of the 2020 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching, loves teaching about American and African American literature.

  • Kellsie Howard
    Business Administration - Finance, Management

    Kellsie Howard has managed to achieve a lot in her first two years in the Manning School of Business, including organizing a DECA competition, starting two clubs and working as a co-op at Putnam Investments.

  • Kelly Dankese
    Accounting

    As an accounting co-op at iRobot, business administration major Kelly Dankese of Wilmington discovered a symbiotic relationship between what she learned in the classroom and the work she was doing for the Bedford-based tech company.

  • Kelly Michael Skelton
    Marketing & Management

    Business student Kelly Michael Skelton plans to earn his undergraduate and MBA degrees in just four years – and with zero debt – while juggling multiple jobs and extracurricular activities.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    As a first-generation college student, Kelsey Gonzalez struggled to find a major she liked. Then she studied abroad – and came back determined to help other first-generation students.

  • Keviana-Joy George
    Marketing & Management

    Business administration major Keviana-Joy George transformed from a shy transfer student to an outgoing student leader who is on track for a career in human resources.

  • Kevin Twitchell
    Criminal Justice, Mechanical Engineering Technology

    Kevin Twitchell graduated the first time as a criminal justice major – and then switched direction, going back to school at night to get a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology.

  • Kevin Akers
    Mechanical Engineering

    As one of the university’s first DC-CAP Scholars, mechanical engineering major Kevin Akers is pursuing his dream of becoming an astronaut — while also continuing to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Khadija Mir
    Business Administration

    By participating in the virtual UML Launch! Summer Program, Khadija Mir felt better prepared to begin college remotely during the pandemic.

  • Khalilah Reddie
    Chemistry

    Khalilah Reddie has an enthusiasm for teaching that has raised student success rates in Organic Chemistry.

  • Kraig Scharn
    Plastics Engineering

    Thanks to his internship and co-op experiences, plastics engineering major Kraig Scharn ’20 discovered that sales was the right career path for him. He is now a junior technical service engineer for Entec Polymers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Kripa Joseph
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Honors student Kripa Joseph is earning her B.A. and M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in four years, while minoring in music and pursuing internships that promote diversity and respect among cultures.

  • Kripa Krishnan
    Management Information Systems

    Kripa Krishnan is one of four senior women at Google featured as “sheroes”—female superheroes— in the book “Ara the Star Engineer.”

  • Kristen Reardon
    Finance and Management

    Working as a client services and relationship management co-op at MFS Investment Management debunked a lot of assumptions business major Kristen Reardon had about the financial industry.

  • Kristina Ogbarmey-Tetteh
    Nursing

    Kristina Ogbarmey-Tetteh took advantage of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences’ Student Resource Center as a first-year student, and now she’s a tutor there.

  • Kyle Mehan
    Nutritional Science

    Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

  • Kyleigh Clark-Moorman
    Criminology

    Kyleigh Clark-Moorman is interested in how best to prepare inmates to rejoin their communities. She’s gotten a broad range of research and teaching experiences in the doctoral program in criminology.

  • Lana Bashir
    Liberal Arts

    Lana Bashir fell in love with UMass Lowell when she toured the campus.

  • Laura Cabrera
    Philosophy, Psychology

    Laura Cabrera's studies in philosophy and psychology have given her great personal insight - and the confidence to pursue a creative career in music, art and dance.

  • Lauren Brushingham
    Finance

    Laura Brushingam, a finance student and member of the UML field hockey team, landed a summer internship with Krispy Kreme, where she helped the company prepare for its IPO and presented her work to senior leadership.

  • Lauren Gary
    Psychology & Autism Studies

    Lauren Gary transferred to UMass Lowell to study psychology and work with people with disabilities. Thanks to faculty advice, she entered the bachelor’s-to-master’s program in autism studies – and found a job in her field before finishing her undergraduate degree.

  • Lauren Young
    Political Science

    Lauren Young is a political strategist who helps Democrats get elected – including U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore by a razor-thin margin in an Alabama special election.

  • Laurie Agel
    Marine Sciences & Technology

    Software engineer Laurie Agel was looking for a career change in her 40s. Fifteen years later, she has her Ph.D. in marine sciences and technology from UML and is working as a post-doctoral research assistant, studying extreme precipitation and flooding in the Charles and Mystic river basins.

  • Lawreta Kankam
    Public Health, Pre-med

    Lawreta Kankam is passionate about public health. She plans to go on to medical school so she can provide both care and preventive health programs for underserved groups.

  • Lena Dziechowski
    Atmospheric Science – Meteorology

    Just a couple of months after graduating with a master’s degree in atmospheric science, Lena Dziechowski landed a breakthrough job as a television meteorologist.

  • Leo Montagna
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering alumnus Leo Montagna Jr. '70, '76 says he wouldn't be where is is today with the University. He is a devoted UMass Lowell donor and supporter of the Plastics Engineering Department.

  • Leslie Marrero
    Education

    Leslie Marrero says schools are already inviting her to apply for teaching jobs because she’s earning dual certification in teaching students with moderate disabilities.

  • Lianna Partee
    Nursing

    UML prepared Lianna Partee for a career that she’s passionate about. After completing her nursing degree here and working as a registered nurse for a year, she returned to earn a master’s degree in gerontological nursing.

  • Linda Barg
    Finance & Marketing

    A deep-rooted desire for financial independence drives everything that Linda Barg does as a student in the Manning School of Business.

  • Lindsey Roberts
    Clinical Laboratory Science

    Lindsey Roberts worked her way through the clinical laboratory science program and a master’s degree, too. Now she’s the laboratory supervisor at Lowell Community Health Center.

  • Linh Nguyen
    Computer Science & Mathematics

    Linh Nguyen developed a cloud-based market data tool — and a newfound interest in financial technology — through her data science experience with the Nasdaq Futures Internship Program.

  • Lisa teDuits
    Criminal Justice

    It took Lisa teDuits 27 years to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She pursued the paralegal option for better job opportunities – and to set a good example for her sons.

  • Lisa Thompson
    Criminology

    Her Ph.D. research at UMass Lowell won Lisa Thompson a rare research assistantship at the National Institute of Justice.

  • Lisa Degou
    Political Science & Mathematics

    As a Student Government Association senator, Lisa Degou was invited to sit on the stage at Jacquie Moloney’s inauguration as chancellor. Now, as SGA president, she meets with Moloney every month to negotiate for student interests.

  • Beth Loring
    Loring Human Factors

    Being part of the iHub has allowed Beth Loring to focus on building her business and she’s found new clients through networking there.

  • Louis Cirignano
    Business Administration

    A born entrepreneur who was tuning up old lawn mowers and selling them online at the age of 6, Louis Cirignano made the most of his opportunities at UMass Lowell. He’s using his degree in business administration to launch a financial management app that he developed through the DifferenceMaker program.

  • Lukas Lazarek
    Computer Science

    Lukas Lazarek’s summer research fellowship in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University helped prepare him for graduate school – and won him an award.

  • Lydia Sisson
    Economic and Social Development of Regions

    Armed with skills achieved through her graduate studies in Economic and Social Development of Regions, Lydia Sisson '12 launched Mill City Grows "with the goal of empowering Lowell residents to create a safe, healthy food system through access and education."

  • Maddie May Scott
    Music Performance & World Languages

    During her final semester at UMass Lowell, Maddie May Scott’s band was invited by rock royalty Melissa Etheridge to join the all-star lineup playing on Etheridge’s annual seven-night spring cruise.

  • Maddy Roop
    Business

    Maddy Roop transferred to UMass Lowell as a business student looking to launch a music career. But along the way she’s become president of the Student Society for Sustainability.

  • Madison Reed
    Plastics Engineering

    Madison Reed works as a research assistant with Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan in the UML Fabric Discovery Center.

  • Maggie  Davenport
    Mechanical Engineering

    An honors seminar and fellowship sent Maggie Davenport to Haiti, where she’s working on sustainability projects.

  • James Costos
    Political Science

    Throughout his career, James Costos ’85 has espoused that ‘we all rise together.’

  • Richard Asirifi
    Electrical Engineering

    Electrical engineering alumnus Richard Asirifi discovered his eye for fashion at an early age. EforAll and the DifferenceMaker program helped turn his passion into a growing fashion business and brand, Lief Kultuur.

  • Malinda Reed
    History & English

    Student trustee Malinda Reed is considering a career in human rights and immigration law after studying the history of Greek immigrants in Lowell.

  • Mallory Hillard
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Thanks to UMass Lowell, Hillard says she's found true satisfaction and happiness in her career and in herself.

  • Marbella Leal
    Nursing

    An Honors College student fellowship gave Marbella Leal a chance to work with at-risk students and do research with a professor.

  • Margaret Fitzgerald
    Nursing

    While working for 16 years in an intensive care unit, Margaret Fitzgerald decided that she could do more to prevent patients from ending up in the hospital. So she earned a master’s degree in nursing at UMass Lowell to become a nurse practitioner.

  • Marilyn Saha
    Electrical Engineering & Engineering Management

    Her experiences in the Honors College and in a college readiness program, Let’s Get Ready, helped Marilyn Saha get a job at Raytheon Technologies.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • 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.

  • Mark  Micire
    Computer Science

    Mark Micire’s unique work experience and education have been able to help people in their darkest hour. He designs robotics systems that help coordinate efforts at search and rescue sites.

  • Mark Saab
    Plastics Engineering

    Alumni donor Mark Saab's UMass Lowell education provided the foundation for a successful career. His gratitude to the plastics engineering program is expressed through the generous donations he's bestowed upon the University.

  • Markus Sebastiano
    Art

    Markus Sebastiano's art is big, modern and bold, a bridge between past and present.

  • Marvens Francois
    Economics

    Marvens Francois says switching his major to economics was one of the best decisions of his life.

  • Mary Everett
    English & Environmental Studies

    Mary Everett combined her interest in environmental science with a love of writing. An honors fellowship gave her the support to write a group of short stories – which won her admission to a top-ranked M.F.A. program in creative writing.

  • Mateo Rull
    Biology and Psychology

    As an undergraduate, Mateo Rull published a paper on axolotls in a leading scientific journal. He plans to pursue a career in animal movement research.

  • Matt Zablocki
    Business Administration

    Laid off from his job, Matt Zablocki used the setback as an opportunity to return to UMass Lowell and complete his undergraduate degree in business administration.

  • Matt Cherkerzian
    Criminal Justice

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

  • Matt Crowley
    Education

    Matt Crowley, part of a team that led a radical turnaround in Brockton High School, is bringing his literacy campaign to the Woburn public schools.

  • Matthew Beyranevand
    Education

    Matthew Beyranevand produces and hosts “Math with Matthew,” a public access cable television show that combines comedy and music to help pre-teen children understand mathematics without even realizing it.

  • Matthew Chigas
    Criminal Justice, Security Studies

    Internships in the Middle East and in Nashua, N.H., launched Matthew Chigas on an ambitious career path.

  • Matthew Clancy
    Mechanical Engineering

    As a sophomore, Matthew Clancy designed a small satellite with a vital mission: getting children and teens excited about their STEM studies and aerospace careers. Now he’s developing his LEARNsat for NASA launch.

  • Matthew Fowler
    Nursing

    After Matthew Fowler's mother underwent heart surgery, he observed the nurses, who worked with both intelligence and kindness. The experience inspired him to choose nursing as his career.

  • Matthew Levenson
    Criminal Justice

    Criminal justice major Matt Levenson loves an adventure and a challenge—and he’s bent on seizing every opportunity he can while at UMass Lowell.

  • Matthew Olson
    Education

    Matthew Olson, dean of humanities and social science at Middlesex Community College, says there is a direct connection between the doctorate he earned in Leadership in Schooling and his current job.

  • Matthew Hurwitz
    English, River Hawk Scholars Academy

    Asst. Teaching Prof. Matt Hurwitz helps first-year students in their transition to college by connecting them with the community. His dedication to service won him an advising award.

  • Matt MacDonald
    Liberal Arts, Nursing

    Careers don’t always follow a straight path. Twists and turns along the way can lead you to unexpected places. Just ask Matt MacDonald who graduated from UMass Lowell, not once, but twice.

  • Matt Macioci
    Mechanical Engineering

    Thanks to professional co-ops at New Balance and Teradyne, mechanical engineering major Matt Macioci has designs on a future career working with complex machinery.

  • Matt  Murphy
    Finance & Accounting

    Matt Murphy quit vaping after a two-year addiction. Now he speaks out against teen vaping every chance he gets.

  • Maureen Kelly
    Civil & Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering

    A service-learning capstone in Lowell and Haiti transformed Maureen Kelly’s civil engineering education — and her life. She now works for a firm that supports her ongoing volunteer work in Haiti and her mentoring of current students.

  • Maureen Stanton
    English

    Award-winning Assoc. Prof. Maureen Stanton shares her love of storytelling with students in writing classes.

  • Maxwell Dumerant
    Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical engineering grad Maxwell Dumerant, who was activated by the Mass. National Guard to assist with the state’s pandemic response during his senior year, landed a job at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

  • Maxwell Aaronson
    Political Science

    Maxwell Aaronson is pursuing international experiences and languages, with the goal of working in the Foreign Service.

  • Mayara Reis
    Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice major and community organizer Mayara Reis says the diversity at UMass Lowell let her be who she's supposed to be.

  • May Futrell
    Nursing

    As a young nursing student on hospital duty, May Futrell was struck by the neglect of elderly patients, which ultimately defined her career and helped implement the first graduate program in the U.S. to educate primary-care gerontological nurse practitioners.

  • Maylis Brito
    Finance

    Thanks to her co-op and internship experiences at Kronos, business administration major Maylis Brito has broadened her career options beyond her concentration in finance.

  • Meg Bond
    Psychology

    Meg Bond teaches in the community social psychology graduate program in the Psychology Department and directs the Center for Women and Work.

  • Meghan Berking
    Chemistry

    Meghan Berking ran across the country to raise $7,500 for cancer research after losing her father to colon cancer.

  • Melanie Sunnerberg
    Finance and Marketing

    Business administration major Melanie Sunnerberg has a passion for finance that she’s honed through a co-op experience at MFS Investment Management and her leadership roles in student organizations.

  • Melanie Carignan
    Education

    Melanie Carignan is so enthusiastic about the undergraduate education major that she volunteered to be the College of Education’s first alumni ambassador.

  • Melissa DiPano
    Psychology & Spanish

    A class in cognitive psychology inspired Melissa DiPano to do research with two professors and aim for a Ph.D.

  • Meredith Ritze
    Family Health Nursing (NP)

    After 12 years working as a registered nurse at Lowell General Hospital, Meredith Ritze developed specialized skills caring for people who struggle with urology issues. She applied to UMass Lowell to become a nurse practitioner to further her career.

  • Michael Aloisi
    Education

    Michael Aloisi always knew that he wanted to teach. The College of Education is helping him discover all the ways that he can do it – even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Michael Hines
    Exercise Science

    Michael Hines, a former college athlete who wants to own his own athletic or physical therapy facility one day, is following the exercise and fitness management degree pathway.

  • Michael McCormack
    Medical Laboratory Science

    The Medical Lab Science program helped Michael McCormack use his problem-solving skills to land a job learning how diseases occur.

  • Michael Venetti
    Peace and Conflict Studies

    Marine Corps reservist Michael Venetti says the Peace and Conflict Studies master’s program helped him win a Presidential Management Fellowship to work at the U.S. State Department.

  • Michael Doane
    Chemical Engineering, Biology

    Honors student Michael Doane has won several prestigious fellowships and scholarships for his cancer-related and biofuel research. He says UMass Lowell does a great job of structuring both classes and learning experiences that build on one another.

  • Michael Obal
    Marketing

    Through his research on new product development and disruptive innovation, along with his own professional journey, Asst. Prof. of Marketing Michael Obal is able to provide students with valuable real-world career advice.

  • Michelle Garcia
    English – Creative Writing

    Michelle Garcia, a rising spoken word poet, is also learning how to write poetry for the page.

  • Michelle Palladino
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • 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.

  • Tim Panagos
    Microshare

    When looking to establish an engineering location near his home, Tim Panagos discovered the comprehensive services at the Haverhill iHub.

  • Mignon Duffy
    Sociology

    Prof. Mignon Duffy researches paid care work and authored "Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race and Paid Care."

  • Mike Taskoski
    Business Administration

    As a technical program manager with the U.S. Navy, Mike Taskoski had his pick of MBA programs. He chose UMass Lowell based on the reputation of its online program.

  • Mina Le
    Chemical Engineering

    Senior chemical engineering major Mina Le chose a work-study job at the front desk of the Student Employment Office because she wanted to improve her communication skills. She’s done that and more, being named the university’s Student Employee of the Year.

  • Mindasari Daniar
    Nutritional Science, Public Health

    Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

  • Miranda Melo
    Nursing

    Miranda Melo feels well prepared for her nursing career. Her past clinical rotations included working at Lowell General Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England.

  • Moiz Khan
    Business Analytics

    Already on track for a successful marketing career in Pakistan, Moiz Khan has shifted gears to pursue a master’s in business analytics from the Manning School of Business.

  • Molly Tecce
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering major Molly Tecce and partners from the 3D Club leapt into action to make PPE when the pandemic struck.

  • Monica Kong
    Public Health

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students, gave Monica Kong the confidence she needed to succeed – and lead.

  • Morgan Tierno
    Biology and UTeach

    Biology teacher Morgan Tierno’s student teaching and first year on the job were complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic and major social issues. But, she says, UTeach prepared her for those challenges.

  • Mya Neary
    Entrepreneurship & Management

    Mya Neary won an honors fellowship to learn more about running an urban farming nonprofit. Now she’s volunteering with Mill City Grows while developing her own business plan.

  • Nadine Chamoun
    Business Administration

    Business student Nadine Chamoun, whose concentrations are in finance and management, stepped out of her comfort zone for an information technology system development internship at Needham Bank. And she’s glad she did.

  • Nana Younge
    Entrepreneurship

    As founding executive director of Get Girls Going, a nonprofit that inspires Black teenage girls to become entrepreneurs, Nana Younge ’18 is applying the skills she learned as a business student — while doing work that gives her a sense of purpose.

  • Nancy Chac
    Business

    So far, Honors College student Nancy Chac has signed up for three honors classes every semester. It could be a record.

  • Nancy Pin
    Nursing

    Nancy Pin is on her way to becoming a family nurse practitioner so she can help the community.

  • Naw Moo Moo Paw
    Global Studies

    UML faculty sprang into action to help clear a path for Naw Moo Moo Paw’s arrival from her native to Myanmar to come to UMass Lowell to pursue a Ph.D. in Global Studies.

  • Nazeli Acosta
    Physics

    Nazeli Acosta won a State Department Scholarship to study rural health care in the Dominican Republic.

  • Neeti Kothari
    Business Analytics

    Neeti Kothari left a job at Big Four accounting firm Deloitte in her native India to pursue a Master of Science in business analytics at UMass Lowell. Despite the pandemic, she landed a summer internship at software company PTC in Boston.

  • Neil Oliveria
    History & Education

    Neil Oliveria, already a grandfather, is pursuing degrees in history and education so he can embark on a new career as a teacher.

  • Nery Rodriguez
    Public Health

    For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.

  • Neyder Fernandez
    Political Science

    Neyder Fernandez is finding ways to be politically active, from campaigning for Joe Kennedy to serving on a citizens’ advisory board for Lowell police.

  • Nicholas  Abourizk
    Theatre Arts

    Nick Abourizk started college with plans to pursue a biology degree – but he couldn’t deny his passion for acting. An Oprah Winfrey Scholarship affirmed his decision to switch his major to Theatre Arts.

  • Nicholas Benjamin
    Biology

    Biology major Nicholas Benjamin has a penchant for keeping things healthy and safe — whether it’s people or animals.

  • Nicholas Evans
    Philosophy

    Nicholas Evans studies the ethics of dual-use research—scientific research that could be turned to terrorist purposes.

  • Nicholas Langberg
    Chemical Engineering

    By working with the Office of International Experiences & Study Abroad, chemical engineering major Nicholas Langberg was able to add a two-month internship to his summer school program in Germany.

  • Nicolas  Troisi
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Nicolas Troisi gained extensive experience from his clinical lab rotations and landed a full-time job as a medical laboratory scientist at Winchester Hospital. He started in April, before he even graduated.

  • Nicole Cruz Merced
    Psychology & Community Social Psychology

    When Nicole Cruz Merced overcame her shyness and reached out to a professor, it changed her life.

  • Nicole Haas
    Public Health

    Nicole Haas always knew she wanted a career helping people. The Master of Public Health major landed an internship with the Revive Recovery Center and is taking on one of the most challenging public health crises of the last 20 years: the opioid epidemic.

  • Nicole Hayek
    Marketing

    Nicole Hayek came to the Manning School of Business to prepare for a career in marketing. Along the way, she's been able to fulfill her passion for music.

  • Nisarg Jhaveri
    Business Administration

    Nisarg Jhaveri is learning all about global supply chain operations — and how to work remotely with colleagues in far-flung locations — in his summer internship with Dell Technologies.

  • Noel Twagiramungu
    Political Science

    Noel Twagiramungu, an international scholar and human rights activist from Rwanda, offers unique insight into the dynamics of political violence and repressive regimes in Africa.

  • Norm Bazin
    Men's Ice Hockey Coach

    As an alum and a coach, Norm Bazin makes the River Hawks proud on and off the ice.

  • Pablo Ruiz
    Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering

    Pablo Ruiz returned to school for a second bachelor’s degree, and he’s going on for his master’s degree, too.

  • Patrice Olivar
    Exercise Physiology & Psychology

    While double-majoring in psychology and exercise physiology, Patrice Faith Olivar has gained both research and practical experience. UMass Lowell has opened more doors than she thought possible.

  • Patrick McCallum
    Plastics Engineering

    Patrick McCallum got a leg up on his plastics engineering career with an internship at Wittmann Battenfeld, where he worked alongside the company's president, alum David Preusse '85.

  • Patrick Pang
    Exercise Physiology

    Patrick Pang knew he wanted hands-on experience conducting research. As a college freshman in the Immersive Scholar program, he conducted research on protective wear that helps prevent injuries.

  • Payal Patel
    Biology, UTeach

    When Payal Patel started college as an engineering major, she missed tutoring and teaching – so she decided to make education her career.

  • Pratibha Gautam
    Economics

    Pratibha Gautam’s summer job at a university medical device incubator inspired her to pursue a career in health economics.

  • Qiana Curcuru
    Mechanical Engineering

    Qiana Curcuru loves UMass Lowell for its opportunities. The honors student is president of the campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, has done a professional co-op at iRobot, has taught and interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and done research with two professors on campus.

  • Quinn Murphy
    Operations Engineer

    Telecommuting has benefits, but operations engineer Quinn Murphy loves being with other people.

  • Qurat  Ann
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    A chance encounter with a professor led to an amazing research opportunity. Now Qurat Ann is researching the pros and cons of sex offender registration laws as she pursues a Ph.D.

  • Rachel Jordan
    Economics

    Rachel Jordan says that discovering the chair of the Economics Department was a woman helped convince her to come to UMass Lowell.

  • Rachel Sullivan
    Music Education

    Music studies major Rachel Sullivan discovered more than a way to earn money through her campus job with Transportation Services. She also found a genuine camaraderie that has enriched her college experience.

  • Rachel Record
    Criminal Justice

    Honors student Rachel Record won a full scholarship to law school, thanks to the Legal Studies Program and research and practical experiences.

  • Rafaela Gonzalez
    Sociology

    Rafaela Gonzalez wants to care for people as individuals and in communities, so she's majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology. She's also started her own business.

  • Rafal Thaher
    Management

    Rafal Thaher brings a unique international perspective to her coursework in the Manning School of Business. After fleeing war-torn Iraq with her family in 2005, she has spent the last two decades pursuing her passion for entrepreneurship.

  • Ralph Saint-Louis
    Biology and UTeach

    Ralph Saint-Louis came to UMass Lowell for the UTeach program so he could become the kind of teacher who had helped him find academic success. As a third-year science teacher, he was named one of five finalists for Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year.

  • Ramsha Farooq
    Electrical Engineering

    Pakistan native Ramsha Farooq ’19 came all the way to UMass Lowell for her master’s degree in electrical engineering. She’s staying in the area after landing a “perfect job” as an electrical engineer at Black & Veatch in Burlington, Mass.

  • Rianna  Grissom
    Applied Psychology & Prevention Science

    Rianna Grissom does research on how stereotypes and prejudices affect biracial and multiracial people.

  • Rick Violette
    Political Science

    Rick Violette Jr. is forever grateful to the UMass Lowell faculty for incredible success in a field he is most passionate about.

  • Robai Werunga
    Early Intervention and Special Education

    Asst. Prof. Robai Werunga works on providing early intervention to students who may have learning or behavioral disabilities. She says cultural factors play a part in determining which children get timely help – and which ones get unnecessary services.

  • Robert Giles
    Physics

    Bob Giles' Submillimeter Wave Technology Laboratory brings in $5 million per year and his biomedical imaging research will help cancer patients, but its his work in Haiti that is close to his heart.

  • Robert Leonard
    Business Administration

    In addition to his day job as a finance manager, Manning School of Business alumnus Robert Leonard ’16, ’18 hosts the “Millennial Investing” podcast, runs his own real estate investment firm and is about to launch an interactive online platform for real estate investors.

  • Roberto Rivera
    English, Spanish and Italian & Education

    Roberto Rivera combined a B.A. in English literature and Spanish and Italian with a master’s degree in education to become an ESL teacher in the Lawrence schools.

  • Rocio Rosales
    Psychology

    Rocio Rosales studies the special challenges faced by bilingual families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

  • Rohann Nair
    Engineering Management

    Rohann Nair was torn about whether to pursue a master of science degree or an MBA. Instead of choosing, he opted for both by enrolling in UMass Lowell’s master’s degree in engineering management.

  • Roma Aurora
    Management Information Systems & Marketing

    Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.

  • Ron Pannell
    Human Services Management

    In the Master of Public Administration program, Ron Pannell is learning skills he can apply to his job in the Office of Student Engagement at Middlesex Community College – and later, in a housing agency.

  • Ruairi O’Mahony
    Director of Sustainability

    Director of Sustainability Ruairi O’Mahony, who moved to the United States from his native Ireland in 2009, was inspired to get his U.S. citizenship by the strong connection he feels to UMass Lowell.

  • Ryan Shields
    Criminology and Justice Studies

    Ryan Shields is taking a public health approach to a highly sensitive issue: child sexual abuse. The criminologist says that research suggests much of it can be prevented, and that’s reason for hope.

  • Sadrac Noel
    Civil Engineering

    When Sadrac Noel graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, he could look back on many twists and turns in his path – and one professor who was always there for him.

  • Sam Aikins
    Political Science, Honors College

    Sam Aikins transferred to UMass Lowell because he wanted a greater challenge – and a place he could make his mark.

  • Sara Khun-Leng
    Criminal Justice

    Sara Khun-Leng ’99 helps immigrants and refugees, veterans and others needing assistance as director of constituent services in the district office of U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.

  • Sarah Elizabeth McDermott
    History

    Sarah Elizabeth McDermott is grateful for scholarships that are helping her to graduate debt-free, because in the future she won’t have to say “No” to any opportunities.

  • Sarah Golding
    Human Services Administration

    Sarah Golding works with young people transitioning to adulthood while coping with mental illness. She says the Master of Public Administration program is giving her the right balance of core administrative skills and deep knowledge to help her advocate for her clients.

  • Sarah Herrick
    Criminal Justice, minor in Sociology

    Sarah Herrick’s studies and many internships prepared her for a job working with troubled teens.

  • Scott Penfield
    Mechanical Engineering

    Honors mechanical engineering major Scott Penfield has traveled extensively on two continents besides North America – and hopes to add a fourth before long.

  • Sean Flaherty
    Finance

    After a life-changing health scare, Sean Flaherty recommitted himself to academics. He graduated from the Manning School of Business with a perfect 4.0 GPA and landed his “dream job” at a water sustainability company in New York.

  • Sean Jordan
    Physical Therapy

    Sean Jordan is living his dream working for the New England Patriots as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist.

  • Sean Patterson
    Sound Recording Technology

    For this sound recording technology grad, it’s all between the ears.

  • Sean Perry
    Criminal Justice

    After earning a master's degree in criminal justice, Sean Perry plans to pursue a Ph.D. in criminology with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor or private sector or government researcher whose studies could help improve police departments or criminal justice systems.

  • Sebastien Poirier
    Physical Therapy

    When Sebastien Poirier was a young boy, he dreamt of playing ball in the NBA. As he grew older, he realized he didn't have the skills to compete, but still loved the game enough to pursue his dream in a different way.

  • Selena Tran
    Psychology

    Selena Tran did as much undergraduate research as she could. It paid off when she got a research job – and then was accepted to top Ph.D. programs.

  • Shaila Bornstein
    Criminal Justice, Political Science

    A semester in Washington, D.C., interning with a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office galvanized Shaila Bornstein. As soon as she finishes at UML, she plans to return to Washington to gain political experience so she can run for president.

  • Shakira Fedna
    Biology

    Shakira Fedna came to UMass Lowell because of the River Hawk Scholars Academy, a support program for first-generation college students.

  • Shanice Kelly
    Physics and Mechanical Engineering

    Shanice Kelly is a leader in multiple campus clubs because she wants to get more students of color involved in STEM, especially space science programs.

  • Shannon Gray
    Public Health

    Shannon Gray started earning her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology as an undergraduate. Her internship with the Uxbridge Board of Health broadened her exposure to the role public health professionals play and strengthened her skills.

  • Shaymus Dunn
    Accounting

    Business student Shaymus Dunn got hands-on accounting experience – and an unexpected visit to the NASDAQ stock exchange – during his summer internship at EverQuote.

  • Sheila Angelo
    Political Science

    Sheila Angelo’s internships for U.S. Reps. Niki Tsongas and Jim McGovern helped her win jobs doing advance event planning and media relations for Bernie Sanders and President Obama.

  • Shirley Adubofour
    Political Science

    Shirley Adubofour is putting her studies in political science and race and ethnic studies into practice as a student representative on UML’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

  • Shruti Jain
    Computer Science

    Shruti Jain came to UMass Lowell for its hands-on teaching approach. She’s gotten lots of opportunities to apply what she’s learning – as well as a coveted internship with Red Hat.

  • Sid Iyer
    Plastics Engineering

    Sid Iyer has taken advantage of internships, research opportunities, the DifferenceMaker program and more to pursue his goal: a career in biomedical research and development.

  • Silas Laycock
    Physics

    Silas Laycock researches black holes, neutron stars and time-domain astrophysics.

  • Sofia Savoca
    Civil Engineering

    Sofia Savoca chose UMass Lowell for the opportunity to be in the Honors College and to study civil engineering. She’s found a dozen new opportunities since arriving on campus.

  • Sophan Smith
    Political Science

    After a successful recruiting and development career that has spanned the nonprofit, corporate and higher education worlds, political science alumna Sophan Smith ’02 has come full circle as the new executive director for EforAll Lowell, the nonprofit small business accelerator started at UMass Lowell.

  • Sopheak Mean
    Accounting & Finance

    The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell helped Manning School of Business student Sopheak Mean discover a path to college. Through his part-time work at the nonprofit organization, Mean is helping kids like himself from Lowell who may need guidance and mentorship.

  • Sophie Combs
    History

    Sophie Combs knows her research is going somewhere: into the online Library of New England Immigration.

  • Stephen Johnson
    Mechanical Engineering

    After 35 years at General Electric, Stephen Johnson earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, where he developed a software tool that shows wind turbine blade manufacturers whether automation can save time and money.

  • Steven DiNoto
    Criminal Justice

    Steven DiNoto's career is a mix of “CSI” and “Criminal Minds” high-tech rip-offs, forensics and criminal psychology. He's held top-level posts through his career and credits his UMass Lowell education for his success.

  • Sunilda Frias
    Biology

    Honors College Student Fellow Sunilda Frias is studying biology to help subsistence farmers improve their soil.

  • Suparlan Lingga
    Public Health – Health Care Management

    Suparlan Lingga ’17 came to UMass Lowell to further his education in public health. Now he coordinates the Indonesian government’s work with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health, education and safety.

  • Supriya  Chakrabarti
    Physics

    If there’s a planet around a nearby star, physics Prof. Supriya Chakrabarti wants to take a picture of it.

  • Surbhi Kanthed
    Computer Science

    Surbhi Kanthed’s team won a huge hackathon for women students – and now she is working at Red Hat.

  • Susan Mullaney
    Nursing

    Susan Mullaney, who earned a doctorate in nursing practice in 2015, is a vice president at UnitedHealth Group, where she focuses on keeping seniors healthy. She joined the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which sets curriculum standards for nursing degrees.

  • Susan  Braunhut
    Biological Sciences

    Biology Prof. Susan Braunhut has researched limb regeneration and developed the smart bandage, among other medical devices.

  • Sydney Fagundes
    Education

    Sydney Fagundes has found her calling: teaching young children, with a focus on science and math.

  • Syeda Nizami
    English & Psychology

    Syeda Nizami is using scholarships, research fellowships and work-study jobs to graduate with low debt, so she can afford a career helping others instead of working to pay off student loans.

  • Tan Nhat Huynh
    Marketing, International Business

    UMass Lowell was love at first sight for business major Tan Nhat Nuynh, a native of Vietnam, who is making the most of his opportunities in and out of the classroom.

  • Taniya Nayak
    Marketing

    From Fox Hall to your flat screen TV! Taniya Nayak can trace her interest in interior design to her days at UMass Lowell.

  • Tara Lynch
    Psychology, Public Health

    Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

  • Taylor Carito
    English

    Taylor Carito signed up to work on The Connector, the student newspaper, at the beginning of freshman year. Now she’s editor-in-chief, and her involvement has shaped her college experience.

  • Terrie Enis
    Physical Therapy

    Terrie Enis’ college experience is quite different from most. She was married with a two-year old daughter when she decided to go back to college full time to earn her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.

  • Thomas Baldwin
    History

    Thomas Baldwin is pursuing a history degree while planning a career in law.

  • Thomas Heywosz
    Mathematics

    Math major Thomas Heywosz came to UMass Lowell with a co-op scholarship and found a research position with a physics professor. Now he’s planning on a career as a high school math teacher.

  • Thomas McGurk
    Music

    A graduate of the Sound Recording Technology Program, Thomas McGurk '91 owns his own studio and is a seven-time Emmy award winner.

  • Tim DiFrancesco
    Physical Therapy

    Tim DiFrancesco served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the LA Lakers, but he knew in his heart that he wanted to have an impact on more people’s lives. So he left to dedicate his career to his business, TD Athletes Edge, a fitness training facility.

  • Tim  Murphy
    English Literature

    Tim Murphy says his experiences at UMass Lowell have increased his confidence along with his expertise.

  • Timothy Cook
    Physics

    Astrophysicist Timothy Cook believes dust may hold the key to understanding the universe.

  • Thomas Heywosz
    Math and UTeach

    Thomas Heywosz’s experiences in the UTeach program and in Haiti have made him a successful high school math teacher.

  • Tunde Kovacs
    Finance

    As assistant professor of finance in the Manning School of Business, Tunde Kovacs strives to help students speak the industry language, something she was brought up on in her native Hungary.

  • Twisha Mohapatra
    Business

    Twisha Mohapatra says her experiences in the River Hawk Scholars Academy and the Honors College have boosted her confidence, taught her leadership skills and set her up for academic success.

  • Tyler Davis
    Political Science

    For Tyler Davis, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the dream of being a pilot came true at UMass Lowell through Air Force ROTC Detachment 345.

  • Tyler Farley
    Political Science & Economics

    Tyler Farley has found much to satisfy his appetite for politics on campus and off, from serving in student government, to campaigning for Marco Rubio, to attending the Republican National Convention and more.

  • Tyler Harrington
    Atmospheric Science

    Before starting his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at UMass Lowell, Tyler Harrington interned at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he wrote a report for Congress on how extreme weather events affect air travel.

  • Vala Afshar
    Electrical Engineering

    As Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce, electrical engineering alum Vala Afshar ’94, ’96 examines digital business trends and shares his insights with more than 410,000 followers on Twitter.

  • Valeria Saldana
    Public Health

    Valeria Saldana knew she had found a welcoming community from her first visit to campus.

  • Vanessa Chen
    Computer Science

    Vanessa Chen likes computer science because it’s both logical and creative.

  • Vania King
    Psychology

    Without setting foot on campus, Vania King, a Wimbledon champion, also aced her bachelor's degree in psychology at UMass Lowell.

  • Varsha Perkins
    Education

    Varsha Perkins loves both her teaching and honors classes.

  • Veyli Ortiz Solis
    Criminal Justice

    Veyli Ortiz Solis earned a B.S. in criminal justice in just three years – with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

  • Victor Souza
    Accounting

    Accounting student Victor Souza knew all about hard work when he arrived at UMass Lowell. His focus was on getting involved during his undergraduate career — while also gaining valuable professional experience through internships.

  • Vincent Ciaramella
    Exercise Science

    Even as a transfer student and a commuter, Vincent Ciaramella found friendship and a helpful community at UMass Lowell.

  • Wendy Sanchez
    Nursing

    Originally planning to become a doctor, when Wendy Sanchez received the Tsongas Scholarship to UMass Lowell as a high school senior, she decided to pursue nursing instead. The high achiever who turned hardship into success has no regrets.

  • Yahayra Michel
    Psychology and Criminal Justice

    Asst. Teaching Prof. Yahayra Michel, who was a first-generation college student, found her mentors at UMass Lowell.

  • Yahuba Garcia-Torres
    English and Music Performance

    Yahuba Garcia-Torres ’96 has been rocking the national music scene since 2006. He says UMass Lowell gave him his musical foundation.

  • Yonnie Collins
    Exercise Physiology

    Yonnie Collins joined the Honors College to get a well-rounded education – and for challenging classes.

  • Yrvanie Joseph
    Plastics Engineering

    Yrvanie Joseph is grateful for alumni scholarships because they confirm the value of her hard work and academic achievements.

  • Zayna Basma
    Political Science, Arabic & Spanish

    Zayna Basma volunteered at a center that helps Burmese refugees - and became fascinated by refugee policy and research.