UML, military join forces for research

LINCOLN — “The Navy is here for business.”

That’s what Robert Smith, director of the U.S. Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research program, had to say Tuesday at the opening of UMass Lowell’s new Research Institute. The center will host a variety of public-private sector partnerships, including workforce development, research opportunities and more.

Located just down the road from Hanscom Air Force Base, a key component of the institute — part of a university with the highest population of veteran students in the state — will be its ability to work closely with various branches of the military.

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