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UMass Lowell faculty members, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students work closely with DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers at the UMass Lowell HEROES and DEVCOM SC state-of-the-art facilities to develop new technologies to empower soldiers.

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Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers (HEROES) is a UMass Lowell - U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC) multidisciplinary partnership bringing together expertise of DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers with UMass Lowell faculty and students to solve complex scientific and technological problems.

HEROES has a unique role in transforming scientific discoveries to innovative technological solutions in areas that include:

  • Chem/Bio, thermal, fire, microbial, insect and ballistic protection
  • Aerial delivery and UAS
  • Portable power and wearable electronics
  • Human augmentation and human systems integration
  • Sensors for chem/bio agents
  • Nutritional intervention

The HEROES-DEVCOM SC partnership leverages the expertise across disciplines from the colleges of sciences, engineering, health sciences and management at the University and through interactions with the industry to have a profound impact on the regional economy.

Mission

Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers (HEROES) is a joint research and development initiative of UMass Lowell and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC) that brings together complementary expertise across disciplines to solve complex scientific and engineering problems related to soldier protection, performance and survivability. The HEROES initiative accelerates research and innovation by tapping into the intellectual assets and research facilities of both organizations.

This initiative spans basic and applied research relating to airdrop and aerial delivery, technologies for soldier protection (clothing and protective equipment), combat feeding (food), expeditionary basing/collective protection and human systems integration. By maximizing synergistic interactions HEROES expands research and developmental efforts in emerging areas to provide better solutions for challenges that our Heroes (U.S. Warfighters) face in the field.