From the bottom of the ocean to the desolate dunes of Mars, robots are shaping the future of the human race.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) is home to one of the most advanced robotics-testing centers in the nation—the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center, also known as NERVE. Engineering students at UMass Lowell are gaining the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to be part of the robotics revolution.
Do You Have the NERVE?
The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center (NERVE) is UMass Lowell’s pioneering robotics team. Students in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering gain a unique hands-on experience with real-world results.
Students at the center are currently helping test “Valkyrie,” a state-of-the-art NASA robot prototype, to determine if it can survive extreme environments like nuclear waste cleanup.
Minor in a Major Part of the Future
UMass Lowell is making robotics part of their curriculum by offering undergraduate students in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering the chance to Minor in Robotics.
Students who Minor in Robotics will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science, while choosing from courses to help them learn the theory and skills needed to work with robots. Some of these classes include:
- Computing I
- Microprocessor Design V
- Assembly Language Programming
- Artificial Intelligence
To further develop their robotics knowledge, students can also hone their skills in on-campus labs or apply for internships with companies in the area.
If You Have Robots on Your Mind All Day…
Then you’ll love the extracurricular robotics student clubs and competitions at UMass Lowell. The UMass Lowell Robotics Club gives interested students a place to discuss their research and put it into action. Club members compete annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGCV) in Rochester, Michigan.
In the past, student teams have competed across the country. A group of UMass Lowell robotics students known as the “Rover Hawks” beat out seven other university teams to win the NASA-sponsored 2013 RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition. They built a planetary rover prototype that could survive the harsh environment of Mars using the skills they learned at UMass Lowell.
Build an Exciting Career with a UMass Lowell Degree
Students working with robotics at UMass Lowell aren’t just playing with robots and entering competitions. They’re gaining the knowledge and experience they need to get rewarding and lucrative jobs in their field. The average starting salary for Mechanical Engineering and related industries is $63,000, according to Payscale.com.
Alumni of the UMass Lowell Robotics program have gone on to work in some of the top companies in the industry, such as:
- BAE Systems
- Medical Information Technologies, Inc. (MediTech)
- Mercury Computer Systems
- The MITRE Co.
- Segway, Inc.
Take the First Step Towards a Career in Robotics
Few universities provide the same amount of hands-on learning and real-world opportunities as UMass Lowell. Learn how to get started pursuing your robotics career by visiting our UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP website.