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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).

HEROES currently has over 25 broad-based Soldier relevant areas of collaboration between NSRDEC scientists and engineers and UMass Lowell faculty and students. These areas include Soldier Protection (flame and thermal, chem/bio, ballistic and antimicrobial protective materials) and Soldier Sustainability (airdrop, nutrition, power generating nanocomposites, wearable thermoelectrics, as well as combat ration safety and novel packaging). Each R&D project involves a team of UMass Lowell faculty, NSRDEC scientists and engineers and a great mix of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. R&D is executed both at the HEROES Center at UMass Lowell as well as the U.S. Army NSRDEC site, for real-world military testing using state-of-the-art facilities.

The HEROES-Army Natick Soldier partnership benefits from expertise throughout the university in the fields of nanomanufacturing, plastics, mechanical and electrical engineering, physics and chemistry. It is also anticipated that when the new products tested and proven through this research, and once commercialized, production by local companies will benefit the region's economy.