---- — LOWELL – More than 400 people, including Gov. Deval Patrick, yesterday attended the official opening of the $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC) at UMass Lowell.
The 84,000-square-foot building is the first academic building constructed on campus in more than three decades. It will be the home of cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, molecular biology, plastics engineering and optics, advancing fields such as life sciences, energy, national security and environmental protection.
“Today, with the opening of the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, we step into the future, carrying forward UMass Lowell’s rich history as a pioneer and leader in advanced technology,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “Students, faculty researchers and private-sector partners who work here will be planting the seeds of the next industrial revolution, fueling the state’s innovation economy in ways we can only yet imagine.”
The ETIC was funded through $35 million from the Massachusetts Economic Investment Act of 2006, $5 million from the federal government, $25 million bonded through the UMass Building Authority, a $10 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and industry and individual donors, including UMass Lowell alumni.