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University of Massachusetts Lowell - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The Francis College of Engineering has a distinguished reputation for experiential learning - hands-on, practice-oriented education, cutting edge research, and integrating service and research into education at all levels.

The College has strong ties to local industry, with many companies and government agencies in the region offering co-op positions and internships. An integrated co-op program is currently in place in all programs.

With a Center of Excellence for Nanomanufacturing funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Manufacturing, UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering is a leader in nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing activity. Research opportunities for undergraduates exist in these Centers as well as many others, and these research opportunities are systematically made available to top undergraduate students through paid research co-ops.

The College also operates the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) in which Raytheon engineers and scientists work shoulder to shoulder with UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff. A similar arrangement occurs with HEROES and the Natick Army Research Labs.

With a unique National Science Foundation-funded College-wide initiative for integrating Service-Learning throughout the curriculum in engineering, students are exposed to projects that “make a difference” throughout their undergraduate experience.

The College is also affiliated with three NSF I/UCRCs in the areas of Wind Energy, Biomanufacturing, and 3D Printing, bring academia and industry together in these critical research areas. UMass Lowell is also affiliated with the National Manufacturing Innovation Network, in flexible electronics, additive manufacturing, and biomanufacturing.