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UMass Lowell Researchers Showcase Innovations to aid Soldier Protection, Effectiveness

HEROES Day Spotlights University, U.S. Army Partnership

University Crossing
UMass Lowell researchers will showcase their innovations to improve soldiers' experience at an event on Friday, Nov. 10 at University Crossing.


Contact for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,


WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.

WHAT: From new materials for transparent body armor to a sensor on drones for use as a way finder underground, UMass Lowell researchers will showcase their innovations to improve soldier protection and effectiveness in the field as part of HEROES Day. 

The event spotlights UMass Lowell’s HEROES (Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers) Initiative, a partnership between the university and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM Soldier Center) in Natick. 

HEROES began in 2013, bringing together UMass Lowell faculty members and students in the sciences, engineering, health and other disciplines with U.S. Army scientists and engineers. The project’s goals include developing lighter, stronger and more protective outerwear and equipment, portable energy sources and sensors to determine the quality of water and food.

Event speakers are scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan; UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; Julie Chen, UMass Lowell’s vice chancellor for research and economic development; and HEROES co-directors, UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan and DEVCOM Research Chemical Engineer Christopher Drew, a UMass Lowell graduate.