LOWELL, MA — After a national search, Wilmington’s Julie Chen was named Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at U-Mass Lowell earlier this week.
According to a U-Mass Lowell press release, Chen, who currently serves as the university’s Vice Provost for Research, will serve as the school’s chief research officer, working closely with the provost to “integrate research, scholarship and creative work with other academic and economic development areas on campus.”
In this newly created role, Chen will oversee numerous divisions, including: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development; Core Research Facilities; Institutional Compliance; New Venture Initiatives; Research Administration and Office of Technology Commercialization.
Chen, who received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at MIT, has been teaching at U-Mass Lowell since 1997. She serves as a Mechanical Engineering professor and co-directs the school’s Nanomanufacturing Center and the Advanced Composite Materials and Textile Research Center.
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