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Program Built By itSM Solutions and UMass Lowell Directly Addresses the NCSF Mandates Listed in the Recent Cybersecurity Executive Order NH Learning Solutions Corporation, a network of 16 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers across 10 Midwestern and Northeastern states, has announced that in partnership with UMass Lowell and itSM Solutions LLC, they will offer a new workforce training program focused on cybersecurity called the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) training program. Together, NH Learning Solutions, itSM, and UMass are working closely to help businesses — both large and small — acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework across a company and its supply chain. Last year, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security designated UMass Lowell a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research,” or CAE-R, in recognition of the university’s intensive cyber-security research and academic programs. The NCSF training program is based on the cybersecurity framework issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in response to a 2013 executive order issued by then-President Barack Obama to protect the nation’s most critically important technology infrastructure that, if incapacitated or destroyed, would have a debilitating effect on national security, the U.S. economy, public health, and safety. “The NCSF program fits in perfectly with our already robust catalog of security solutions,” said Mark McManus, President and CEO of NH Learning Solutions. “An easy to understand security framework will allow our customers to better protect themselves as malware and other cyber threats continue to rise.” Two training options are available through NH Learning Solutions Corp: The NCSF Foundation Certification Course. This course outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement an NCSF program can mitigate these risks. This program is focused on candidates who need a basic understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily jobs as executives, accountants, lawyers or information technology professionals. The NCSF Practitioner Certification Course. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers or operations professionals. All programs come with a certificate of completion and continuing education credits, such as PDU and CEUs.  Students who successfully complete the certification and meet university requirements may transfer credits and enroll in one of UMass Lowell’s master’s degree programs in information technology, such as network security or cybersecurity. Professionals who are interested in enrolling in either course are encouraged to visit nhls.com/NCSF. With dozens of follow up training courses spanning multiple disciplines of Cyber Security, NH Learning Solutions is uniquely positioned to assist businesses of any size apply the NCSF. NH Learning Solutions Corporation owns and operates 16 New Horizons locations throughout the Great Lakes and Northeast regions of the United States. NH Learning Solutions Corporation is the leading provider of IT, Desktop Applications, Project Management and Business Skills training courses. As a learning solutions provider for many of the industry's top vendors, such as Microsoft, VMware and Cisco, NH Learning Solutions Corporation is positioned to offer the latest authorized classes delivered by certified instructors to keep you on the cutting edge of information technology. www.nhls.com itSM Solutions LLC is an accredited content development company specializing in the creation of print, digital book and self-paced video training solutions for Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), Programming, IT Service Management, IT Project Management and Business Management professionals. itSM’s career pathway training programs lead to a professional diploma, certification or degree and have been adopted by the who’s who of industry including HPE, Microsoft, Disney, Cisco, IRS, Navy, Lowes, Staples, Genzyme, Boeing, Intel, Molina Healthcare and many others. www.itsmsolutions.com UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 17,750 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu


LIVONIA, Mich., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- NH Learning Solutions Corporation, a network of 16 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers across 10 Midwestern and Northeastern states, has announced that in partnership with UMass Lowell and itSM Solutions LLC, they will offer a new workforce...


News Article | May 23, 2017
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Minutemen and Minutewomen and multipurpose sports and entertainment facility to leverage industry-leading ticketing and marketing services to enhance every fan interaction and experience AMHERST, MA and IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement today announced it has entered into a partnership with University of Massachusetts and Mullins Center, home to the university's Men and Women's Basketball and Ice Hockey. In conjunction with the partnership, University of Massachusetts Athletics (UMass) and Mullins Center will leverage Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement's industry-leading ticketing and Access Management functionality. This expands the university's relationship with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, as the institution has utilized Spectra's Marketing Automation platform powered by FanOne Marketing, as well as the company's industry-specific implementation of Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM), since May 2016. "We're thrilled to be fully aligned with the suite of Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement capabilities," Alan Pandiani, Associate AD for Sales and Fan Experience, said. "Having seen the fruits of marketing automation through our FanOne partnership, we saw further efficiencies and a better end-user experience to be had when forming our partnership with Spectra." As the primary ticketing provider of UMass and the Mullins Center, Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement will provide the organization with its Ticketing and eCommerce platform to efficiently simplify the selling and allocation of inventory to all events in real-time through an integrated website and online box office. The Paciolan platform will enable fans and students to manage their accounts online, transfer tickets and print tickets at home or deliver tickets to their mobile device to scan upon entry at events. UMass and the Mullins Center will utilize PAC Access Management, Spectra's digital ticketing solution, for access control to allow fans to bypass will-call lines and enter events quickly via print-at-home or mobile 2D barcode tickets. Spectra will continue to provide marketing services for UMass, including its Marketing Automation solution and Salesforce CRM services. Marketing Automation enables UMass to deliver customized, triggered campaigns and create customized, personalized URLs (PURLs) with tailored content for season ticket holders and donors to elevate each fan experience and drive renewals. Salesforce CRM provides UMass with a robust system to better manage fan and donor relationships with the ability to sell more tickets and process more donations via holistic information on current and past ticket purchasers and donors. "We are delighted to expand our presence at the University of Massachusetts and the Mullins Center," Kim Damron, President and Chief Operating Officer of Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement, said. "With our ticketing services, we look forward to engaging UMass fans to transform every fan experience and create new opportunities to increase ticket sales." By adding Ticketing & Fan Engagement services, Spectra expands its presence at Mullins Center, where the company has been providing Venue Management services since the multi-purpose facility switched from private management in 2004. Spectra Venue Management provides booking, scheduling, maintenance, contracted services, staffing and other operations services at Mullins Center, has consistently exceeded budget expectations and generated more than $14 million in gross sales between 2010-2015 alone. "At Spectra, we pride ourselves on our client-focused approach and ability to provide innovative solutions, transforming events into exciting experiences that wow fans," said Spectra's Brian Caputo, General Manager of Mullins Center. "Partnering with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement will help Mullins Center create opportunities that benefit fans of Minutemen Athletics and live events." Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Massachusetts. One or more Spectra divisions (Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Ticketing & Fan Engagement) are at work supporting multiple venues, teams, performing arts centers and events, including University of Massachusetts, Mullins Center, Boston College, UMass Lowell, Tsongas Center, MassMutual Center, North Shore Music Theatre, Robsham Theater Arts Center and Lowell Memorial Auditorium. About Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement  Spectra's Ticketing & Fan Engagement division is a leader in ticketing, fundraising, marketing, and analytics solutions with over 35 years of experience. Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement enables college athletic programs, arenas, professional sports, and performing arts clients to sell more than 120 million tickets per year. About Spectra Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra's expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. About Comcast Spectacor Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Comcast Spectacor's three core businesses are the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center venue, and Spectra, the expert in hosting and entertainment through its Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Ticketing & Fan Engagement divisions. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.


News Article | April 20, 2017
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WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., (NASDAQ: NTCT), a leading provider of business assurance, a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions, today announced its ongoing support for a nonprofit organization providing financial coaching for low-income women. NETSCOUT has been a corporate partner to Budget Buddies, Inc. since 2011, when Nicole Nguyen, director, lead employment counsel at NETSCOUT, joined the Budget Buddies Board of Directors shortly after its inception. Catherine Jenkins, engineering manager at NETSCOUT, joined the Budget Buddies Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as board president. As part of its involvement with this local non-profit, NETSCOUT is hosting a luncheon and panel discussion to benefit Budget Buddies on Thursday, May 11, in which prominent women leaders from business, academia, and government will discuss how mentoring contributed to their success. Joining the panel will be Jean Bua, executive vice president and chief financial officer at NETSCOUT; Susan Green, chief financial officer at Circle Health; Susan West Levine, chief executive officer at Lowell Community Health Center; Bopha Malone, vice president Enterprise Bank; and Joanne Yestramski, vice chancellor at UMass Lowell. “NETSCOUT has long been a supporter of Budget Buddies,” said Jean Bua, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Their model of one-on-one, customized financial coaching helps build confidence for women. Mentoring, whether it’s having someone help you navigate the intricacies of personal money management or a business network, is vital to success.” “Every day we see the power of mentoring as we help women develop the skills and self-confidence to become financially independent,” says Budget Buddies Executive Director Anita Saville. “We’re excited to hear how leading women in our community have benefitted from mentoring and how they themselves support the professional development of others.” The May 11 luncheon event will be held at NETSCOUT’s corporate headquarters (310 Littleton Road, Westford). To reserve tickets and get more information, please call 978-703-0820 or visit the Budget Buddies web site here. NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is a leading provider of business assurance – a powerful combination of service assurance, cybersecurity, and business intelligence solutions – for today’s most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks. NETSCOUT’s Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience. NETSCOUT delivers unmatched service visibility and protects the digital infrastructure that supports our connected world. To learn more, visit www.netscout.com or follow @NETSCOUT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. ©2017 NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. All rights reserved. NETSCOUT, the NETSCOUT logo, Guardians of the Connected World, Adaptive Service Intelligence, InfiniStream, InfiniStreamNG, nGenius and nGeniusONE are registered trademarks or trademarks of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


Mason J.A.,UMass Lowell | Allen G.,UMass Lowell | Podolskiy V.A.,UMass Lowell | Wasserman D.,UMass Lowell | Wasserman D.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters | Year: 2012

We demonstrate strong coupling between a mid-infrared perfect absorber and a molecular absorption resonance embedded in our absorber structure. Anti-crossing behavior is demonstrated as the perfect absorber resonance is tuned through the molecular absorption line, both experimentally and numerically, and is described analytically using a simple coupled harmonic oscillator model. Excellent agreement between experimental, numerical, and analytical results are shown. Such devices offer potential for mid-infrared sensing systems and actively tunable perfect absorber devices. © 2006 IEEE.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.89K | Year: 2014

ABSTRACT: Aurora will demonstrate on our automated fiber placement (AFP) machine that we are able to lay up composite panels that contain sacrificial fibers that can be thermally decomposed to create a microvascular network of small cavities that allow the panel to act as a heat exchanger. The AFP machine is capable of producing composite parts from mold tools as large as 9"high by 18"wide by 56"long. It lays down an 8"wide swath of composite material at 1500 inches per minute. UMass Lowell (UML) has developed a method to manufacture sacrificial fibers that is 10^5 times faster than prior demonstrations in the literature. These new fibers reduce removal times by 50% and do not require the expensive and toxic chemicals used in traditional manufacturing methods. The UML partners have produced fiber in a wide range of diameters with continuous lengths exceeding hundreds of feet. Aurora and UML will analyze various composite/fiber geometries for thermal and flow characteristics and then fabricate and test those geometries. BENEFIT: Aurora will ultimately have a unique automated capability to design and manufacture heat exchangers embedded within composite structure. Panels could be designed and fabricated as composite aircraft wing skins or fuselage panels that could be used to dissipate aircraft engine heat, payload sensor heat, or avionics heat. These heat exchangers will be lighter weight and lower cost than metallic heat exchangers traditionally used in aircraft. UMass Lowell will have the opportunity to further develop their manufacturing process to produce catalyst-impregnated polylactide filaments in production quantities, allowing their technology approach to be sold or licensed to the fiber extrusion industry.


Sharma D.,UMass Lowell
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry | Year: 2012

This study explores a non-isothermal activated kinetics of the Crystalline to Smectic A (K-SmA) transition of the aligned octylcyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystal. High resolution calorimetric technique was used to study the molecular motion and rearrangement of the 8CB molecules near the K-SmA transition as a function of temperature, rate, and time. In the presence of magnetic field, the transition peak was found to be shifted towards lower temperature by 0.5 K when compared with results of un-magnetized 8CB. The K-SmA transition showed a rate dependent kinetics following Arrhenius behavior where the increased shifting rate showing an increased thermal kinetics for the transition. The 8CB molecules get more aligned and more ordered that pushes the temperature of the transition towards lower temperature in the presence of magnetic field. Hence they show a temperature decrease in the peak of the transition temperature with a decrease in the enthalpy and hence needs more activation energy. This study may be useful to understand the liquid crystal behavior to upgrade liquid crystal devices (LCDs). © 2011 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.


Sharma D.,UMass Lowell
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry | Year: 2012

Egg protein is an important part of our food to get protein in our daily diet, and makes this protein more important to researchers to understand its kinetic behavior to understand the energy involved in the digestion of the egg protein. Hence, the present study explores the denaturing kinetics of the protein obtained from the hen's egg white (EW) using high resolution calorimetric technique. Fresh EW was scanned for heating and cooling to see the thermodynamics from 10 to 100 °C at different heating ramp rates varying from 1 to 20 °C min -1. An endothermic peak was found on heating scan showing denaturing of protein which was found absent at the cooling indicating the absence of any residue after heating. The denature peak shifted towards higher temperature as ramp rate increases following Arrhenius behavior and shows an activated denaturing kinetics of the egg protein. This peak was also compared with the water to avoid water effects. Behavior of denaturing peak can be explained in terms of Arrhenius theory and further discussed to get the energy involved in digestion. © Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2012.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Boston-based BrainSell, unbiased business consultancy and value added software reseller, proudly announce the hiring of Alexa Jackson, Marketing Coordinator TOPSFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - February 15, 2017) - BrainSell Technologies, a leader in business consulting and software solutions, are pleased to announce the expansion of their marketing team with new hire, Alexa Jackson. Alexa joined BrainSell in January 2017 as Marketing Coordinator. Her experience in customer service and problem solving are valuable assets to BrainSell's culture. As a former marketing team member for the UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center, Alexa is skilled in advertising and marketing, particularly in regards to social media and inbound marketing. She has a passion for new technology, brand presence, and absorbing the latest industry trends. Consistently improving customer satisfaction and persistency are just a few of her many goals. "BrainSell is lucky to have found such a capable employee in Alexa," said Cat Stone, Marketing Director. "It can be overwhelming to provide partners with the attention their products deserve due to the changing requirements of digital advertising. Having another team member with fresh ideas and advanced social media experience will really elevate BrainSell in 2017". Alexa and Cat will work together closely on marketing campaigns, customer satisfaction initiatives, and exciting planned events. BrainSell is a business solutions company that is dedicated to helping businesses grow, create a delighted customer base and achieve grand success. BrainSell provides comprehensive ERP, CRM, and marketing automation solutions and services, including training, implementation and software development. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Topsfield, Massachusetts, BrainSell continues to grow in product knowledge and offerings.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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LOWELL, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 8, 2017) - Mass Innovation Nights (MIN), UMass Lowell's Innovation Hub (iHub) and the City of Lowell are collaborating on a startup showcase and networking event on Wednesday, Feb.15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at the iHub at 110 Canal Street in Lowell. "We're bringing together the entire Lowell tech ecosystem to support these entrepreneurs," said Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Innovation Nights, and Innovation Women. "By working with both the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub and the City of Lowell, our community can help expand the impact of these product launches and the influence of innovation through the use of social media." "There's a great deal of cutting-edge, entrepreneurial work being done at UMass Lowell and in the region overall. Mass Innovation Nights gives us and our partners a great platform to show it off and to highlight the terrific workspace, equipment, program and collaboration resources available to entrepreneurs through the iHub," said Tom O'Donnell, director of the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub. "Here at the Innovation Hub, we are supporting a variety of early-stage companies that are pursuing truly innovative technologies, including machine learning, virtual reality, environmental monitoring, sustainable aquaculture and rehabilitative legwear for horses." "By working with Mass Innovation Nights, we are demonstrating why Lowell is the perfect place to be for business," said City Manager Kevin Murphy, from the City of Lowell. "From the easy commute, to affordable housing prices and excellent business resources, there's a lot to love about Lowell." Free-of-charge and open to the public, Mass Innovation Nights #95 features experts, networking, tabletop presentations with new local products and presentations from the winners of online voting. The companies whose products will be featured include: There will also be industry experts present from: Guests are encouraged to use hashtag #MIN95 and @MassInno to share their photos and commentary. The gatherings typically generate hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and videos, and are key visibility drivers for these companies. To attend, please RSVP at mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-95. About Mass Innovation Nights Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online. Each month, different companies launch new products with Innovation Nights and the social media community helps spread the word. The popular product launch party and networking event draws attendees from the entire region. Over the past 7 years, it has launched almost 1000 new products which have collectively received more than $1.3 billion in funding. MIN is currently seeking hosts and sponsors for the latter half of the 2017 season. Contact the organization for additional information. Follow MIN on Twitter or visit the website at mass.innovationnights.com/. About the City of Lowell Innovation has been a cornerstone of Lowell since the City was founded. With a great cultural scene, easy commute, access to a talented workforce, attractive housing options, and business resources to get you started, come see why entrepreneurs say "there's a lot to like about Lowell." Learn more here: www.lowellma.gov/724/Economic-Development. About the UMass Lowell innovation Hub The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub is an 11,000 square-foot incubator and co-working facility in downtown Lowell supporting early-stage, technology-based ventures from idea to impact. Owned and operated by UMass Lowell, the iHub provides flexible, affordable workspace, program, event, community and support offerings to member companies. In addition, member companies have access to additional university resources including labs, testing and characterization equipment, prototyping gear, libraries and collaborations with faculty researchers and student interns. The iHub is open to both university spinoffs as well as startups from the broader greater Boston/Merrimack Valley region. Learn more at www.uml.edu/innovation-hub.

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