Raytheon and UMass Lowell team up to build new research center
New England Council Members Raytheon and the University of Massachusetts Lowell announced on August 12 that they will collaborate to establish the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI), a joint research center on UMass Lowell’s campus. Raytheon has committed $ 3 million to the project already–with options to provide $5 million throughout the next 10 years–to the state-of-the- art institute.
The center, which will be located on the fourth floor of UMass Lowell’s Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, will bring students and faculty of the university together with Raytheon employees to conduct cutting edge research and serve as a launch pad for further collaborations between the two institutions. In doing so, it will provide UMass Lowell students with opportunities for research projects and employment opportunities at Raytheon. The research will focus on the development of flexible electronic technology.
UMass Lowell vice Provost for research Julie Chen explains that the research focus will be “to print things onto a material or a substrate that can be something other than flat.” She used a cell phone as an example, saying, “What if you wanted to roll up a cell phone? In the future, you could print onto a flexible material.”
Through this joint project, Raytheon and UMass Lowell will surely inspire groundbreaking technological advances and produce great work. The New England Council is proud of these two members for working together in their dedication to innovation.