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HEROES is a unique collaborative research and development center between UMass Lowell and the U.S. Army Natick MA Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).

Part of the Center for Advanced Materials, Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers (HEROES) is a UMass Lowell / U.S. Army Natick multidisciplinary partnership bringing together expertise of NSRDEC (Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center) scientists, engineers with UMass Lowell faculty and students to solve complex scientific and technological problems. 

HEROES has a unique role in relating scientific discoveries to innovative technological solutions in areas that include flame, thermal, chem/bio, microbial and ballistic protection; airdrop (parachutes and suspension lines); portable power (photovoltaics and thermoelectrics); wearable electronics; nutrition and safety of combat ration, and advanced packaging. 

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

The HEROES-Army Natick partnership benefits from expertise throughout the University in the fields of nanomanufacturing; plastics, mechanical and electrical engineering; physics; chemistry and biological sciences as well as interactions with the local industry to have a profound impact on the region's economy.