UMass Lowell professor to receive university’s highest distinction

Renowned robotics expert Holly Yanco has been named a distinguished university professor, the highest distinction bestowed on a University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty member. Yanco, a computer science professor, established UMass Lowell’s Robotics Lab and has secured more than $7 million in research grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Google, and the Army Research Office, among others. As founder and director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center at UMass Lowell, she leads one of the country’s most advanced robotics testing facilities. The center evaluates the strength, durability, design, and functionality of robots being developed by researchers and companies. Yanco has taught at the university for 14 years. The distinguished university professor, a three-year designation, is awarded annually by UMass Lowell. Yanco’s term runs through August 2018.

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