In Global Partnership
CADEMIC history was made as the University of
Massachusetts Lowell and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
in Ramat Gan, Israel, established a joint international graduate
UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Shenkar
President Yuli Tamir signed the agreement at a
dinner of the American Committee for Shenkar College in October at
the Harmonie Club in Manhattan.
The graduate program in plastics engineering
provides for an exchange of students and faculty for ten years.
"I’m the second chancellor of UMass Lowell," Meehan
said. "The college was started in the 1890s. You can imagine how old
the first chancellor was."
Meehan said the program will prepare students for
the global economy. "From plastics to nanotechnology, it’s a perfect
Jill and Mitchell Friedman
established an endowment in memory of Jill’s mother
Frances. She is the late wife of David Pernick.
Pernick, who funded the endowment, is a graduate of
Lowell, and the former head of Monarch Knitting Machinery Corp., now
headed by his son Bruce.
"We’re the only manufacturing company of textile
machinery in the western hemisphere," David said. At age 91, he
serves as life chancellor of Shenkar.
Shmuel Kenig, dean of Shenkar’s
engineering faculty, noted that both Lowell and Shenkar started out
as textile colleges. "Here we are on this auspicious date:
10-20-2010. In Israel it is 2010-20-10.