Francis College of Engineering

Research

The College of Engineering at UMass Lowell is highly respected for applied research, focusing on real world issues critical to the region and across the world.

UML Engineering - Research - BraidingThe College has nearly 100 full-time faculty, many of whom have received prestigious honors in their field including National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The College is the home to the National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (in collaboration with Northeastern University and University of New Hampshire), and also the home of the Massachusetts Center of Excellence in Nanomanufacturing.

Each semester (fall, spring and summer), the College highlights its research endeavors in its publication Engineering Solutions.

Labs, Centers & Institutes

Research in the College is generally conducted through a variety of Labs, Centers and Institutes, many of which are interdisciplinary, as listed here: 

  • Advanced Computation and Telecommunications: 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. 
  • Advanced Electronics Technology CenterThe research mission is the development of reliable manufacturing for giga-scale miniaturization technology performed in conjunction with supporting companies. 
  • Advanced MaterialsIts goal is the development of a knowledge base in the design, synthesis, characterization and intelligent processing of advanced materials, driven by the needs of potential technological applications. 
  • Assistive Technology Research Center 
  • Baseball Research CenterThe 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.
  • Bioplastics and Biocomposites 
  • Computer Machine/Human Intelligence, Networking & Distributed SystemsHelping advance the analytical, experimental, and operational aspect of Computer Engineering and Information Technologies that have potential influence on the Acquisition, Management, and Storage of Knowledge and Data Engineering and Services. 
  • Electric Car and Energy ConversionThe primary focus is application of renewable energy in roof-top residential, industrial, and utility-interactive environments. 
  • Massachusetts BioManufacturing CenterMBMC is an interdisciplinary research, development and education center that assists biotechnology companies in developing procedures leading to validated, cGMP compliant manufacturing processes. 
  • Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center: M2D2 is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts. 
  • Nanomanufacturing CenterThe Center's mission is the creation of environmentally benign manufacturing processes that enable commercialization of nanotechnology products. 
  • 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. 
  • Radiation LaboratoryProvides controlled radiation environments and analytical measurement services to government organizations and to industry. The laboratory provides facilities for proton, neutron and gamma environments. 
  • Wind Energy Research GroupWERG unique expertise and capabilities to conduct research in the advancement of wind turbine science and systems. The group consists of thirteen interdisciplinary faculty members whose research focuses on wind turbine manufacturing, reliability, energy storage, and design.