Research Labs

Researchers at UMass Lowell address a wide-range of disciplines from testing the strength of a bat to making cyber transactions safer, from developing medical devices to looking at ways for women to thrive in STEM fields.

The research mission is the development of reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology performed in conjunction with supporting companies.

Baseball Research Center  
The mission of the center is to be a center of excellence for the science and engineering of baseball for both experimental and analytical methods, concentrating on baseball bat performance and durability.

Biomedical Terahertz Technology Center (BTTC)
The Center translates the extensive terahertz technology expertise available at UMass Lowell to biomedical applications. Terahertz radiation is non-ionizing and has been shown to be capable of detecting intrinsic contrast between normal and cancerous tissues. This makes terahertz radiation well suited for biomedical imaging, especially for studying colorectal cancer and non-melanoma skin cancer. 

Study normal cytoskeleton protein function, mostly neurofilaments, as related to development of the nervous system, and abnormal neuronal function, and factors that trigger this, as related to motor neuron disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Center for Advanced Coatings
The Center is a collaboration between the UMass campuses of Dartmouth and Lowell. The synergistic efforts will target cost-effective ceramic coatings, with the protection of polymer composite structures identified as the most promising among a number of potential focus areas. 

The Center has been active in the areas of compute-intensive modeling of physical and information systems, and research areas include medical imaging, acoustics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, control, probabilistic modeling, information processing and communication networks.

The Center promotes scholarship and education around the cultures, histories and experiences of Asian Americans. These goals are achieved through a multidiscipline approach.

The multidisciplinary center is dedicated to research, training and education to advance the analytical, experimental and operational aspect of computer hardware and software and information technologies that have potential influence on the acquisition, management and storage of knowledge and "big data" knowledge extraction, data engineering and services, and machine/human computational intelligence. 

Center for Electric Car and Energy Conversion        
The primary focus is application of renewable energy in roof-top residential, industrial, and utility-interactive environments.  

The Center fosters collaborative research on campus and within the region to promote healthy aging that enables adults to grow old with dignity.

Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation, Analysis and Research of Extreme-Scale Science (IDEAS)

Focuses on industrial innovation, regional development, corporate governance, financialization and sustainable prosperity.

Center for Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics (CPEN)      
Research and development in the Center focuses on the interaction of electromagnetic fields with materials and devices of use in microwave and optical systems and applications.

Center for Program Evaluation
The Center conducts research on program evaluation methods and offers evaluation planning, consulting, training and services for the university and regional community.

CSE focuses on the integration of renewable energy systems in all sectors of the economy through research, coursework and community outreach.

The Initiative brings faculty, students and communities together to address one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: climate change. 

Conducts fire research including the chemistry and physics of fire, initiation mechanisms, and fire prevention and extinguishment. These activities support current and pending cooperative efforts with federal and other agencies.

Focuses on giving students hands-on experience in design, testing and analysis of engineering problems.

HEROES is a joint research and development initiative of UMass Lowell and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Its aim is to tap the research assets, people and facilities of both organizations to improve the survivability and protection of U.S. troops.  

Focuses on experimental nuclear physics and applied research in nuclear detection devices and techniques.

HAL performs interdisciplinary research integrating the fields of biomedical engineering, clinical laboratory science, ergonomics, exercise Physiology, nutrition, nursing and physical therapy.

The Center advances the knowledge and practice of information assurance and digital forensics through research, education and outreach.

Institute for Visualization and Perception Research       
IVPR is an interdisciplinary group whose research and contract activities focus on the development of tools, systems, displays and interactive techniques that enable individuals and groups to explore collaborative data sets by visual and other perceptual means. 

Committed to research that will benefit children and families. LCF focuses on families of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, various socio-economic groups and who may have experienced trauma and loss.

Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology (LoCSST)
The Center provides a home for space science and technology research activities on the UMass Lowell campus. The Center involves industry partners and trains the next generation of space scientists, technologists, teachers, business leaders and policy makers.

Helps to build healthy work environments, thriving communities, and viable businesses that support a more sustainable world.    

Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center     
MBMC is an interdisciplinary research, development and education center that assists biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to validated, cGMP compliant manufacturing processes.

The Center is a lifeline for the state's smaller medical device companies, offering innovators and executives easy, affordable and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources.

Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture
The Center fosters collaborations and partnerships with educational institutions in the Middle East across an interdisciplinary spectrum including the social sciences, the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and health and education fields. 

The focus is to promote education and research and practice concerning peace and conflict issues.

Photonics Center
The Center provides state-of-the art training for undergraduate and graduate students, and to perform industrial and governmental sponsored research on novel photonics, plasmonics, material physics, semiconductor devices, and nano technology, with applications across the optical spectrum, from UV through THz frequencies.

Provides controlled radiation environments and analytical measurement services to government organizations and to industry. The laboratory provides facilities for proton, neutron and gamma environments.   

Space Science Laboratory (formerly the Center for Atmospheric Research) 
Founded with the goal of conducting experimental and analytical research in the atmospheric and space sciences, to provide research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and to demonstrate how research and development tie to solving real world problems. 

The STL develops and applies technology in the frequency range of 100 GHz to 5THz.

Focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, limb restoration and regeneration, and counter-terrorism biosensors.

The Institute provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work. By collaborating with businesses, community organizations and government agencies, the Institute aims to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect public health and the environment and increase competitiveness on Massachusetts businesses.