UMass Lowell and WPI to Partner for Combined Research Projects

NEC members University of Massachusetts Lowell and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have partnered to award over $110,000 in grants to six different research teams. The research projects range from cancer detection to alternative energy production to human robot collaboration.

WPI and UMass Lowell have been working together for the past eight months to group their faculty and researchers together in complementary research teams. Their projects went from discussion to reality when the two universities both contributed funds to create the UMass Lowell – WPI Collaborative Seed Funding Initiative. The collaboration is expected to lead to patentable intellectual property, increased external funding, and future industry partnerships for both universities. A full list of the six grant recipients and their research projects can be found here.

“By combining the complementary expertise of UMass Lowell and WPI in these cutting-edge areas, we are strengthening our respective research capabilities, creating new training opportunities for our students and increasing the likelihood of making novel scientific discoveries that will lead to transformative technologies,” said Anne Maglia, UMass Lowell Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Compliance.

“No one university can address the pressing problems the world needs solved. We are fortunate in New England to be close to a wealth of institutions with world-class researchers with whom we can collaborate,” said Bogdan M. Vernescu, Vice Provost for Research at WPI. “This initiative will begin to tap the expertise across campuses so together we can move certain areas of research forward for the betterment of the world.”

The Council congratulates WPI and UMass Lowell on this partnership and wishes them continued success.

Read more in WPI’s press release.

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