Mark and Elisia Saab Are Leading University Donors
UMass Lowell’s new $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center has been named in tribute to distinguished alumnus Mark Saab ’81 and his wife, Elisia.
The naming recognizes the Saabs for a new multimilliondollar commitment, which will make them the largest individual donors to the University. The Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center name was unveiled by Chancellor Marty Meehan at a dedication ceremony on Dec. 8.
“The Saabs’ generous support of the University enhances the work of faculty researchers and industry partners, opening up new worlds of discovery for our students,” Meehan said.
“The Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center is now a part of the couple’s legacy. This state-of-the art building exemplifies the University’s role as a pioneer and international leader in education and manufacturing technology.
We are tremendously grateful to the Saabs for their commitment to UMass Lowell and their vision for its future.”
“I have always felt strongly about giving back to UMass Lowell and being involved in the plastics engineering program,” said Mark Saab. “I’m grateful for the specialized education that has led to my success and I want to help today’s students discover the path to their own futures.”
The gift from the Saabs will help equip the center and endow its research and development initiatives. The Center is a dynamic hub for cutting-edge advances in nanotechnology, nanomedicine, molecular biology, plastics engineering and optics, furthering fields such as life sciences, energy, national security, environmental protection and more.
The donation anchors the more than $10 million in private donations the science and technology center has received to date—the largest amount of private funds raised in University history for a single project.
A portion of the Saabs’ gift will also endow a fellowship in Portuguese studies at the University.
Mark Saab graduated from UMass Lowell in 1981 with a degree in plastics engineering. He is president of Advanced Polymers Inc., of Salem,
N.H., a manufacturing company he co-founded with Elisia Saab that produces products and components for the medical device industry. The couple
lives in Lowell.
Over the last 18 months, UMass Lowell has named three academic buildings and one of its schools in honor of alumni benefactors and their spouses, in recognition of their commitment to the University. In addition to the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, those are Perry Hall, in honor of alumnus Barry Perry ’68 and his wife, Janice; the Manning School of Business, for Rob Manning ’84, ’11H and Donna Manning ’85, ’91, ’11H and the forthcoming Pulichino Tong Business Building, for alumnus John Pulichino ’67 and his wife, Joy Tong.