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HEROES is a strategic partnership between UMass Lowell and DEVCOM SC. Together we collaborate with Industry, academia, and government to leverage intellectual assets and resources to create knowledge accessible now and in the future.

As an interdisciplinary research and development group, students, staff, and faculty work alongside DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers to transform ideas into products to increase national security and enhance the US warfighter.

Open Call

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HEROES 2024 Research Topics Open Call for New Projects Feb. 2 Submissions

When:
Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
2–3:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting:

Please email Susan_Damore@uml.edu to request the Microsoft (MS) Teams link.

An overview of all the FY24 topics will be provided by DEVCOM SC Co-Director of HEROES Ravi Mosurkal, during this information session. There will also be short briefings on Soldier Center’s research focus areas, future technologies in operational environment and new proposal process as part of the open call. This call is based on new research and development areas that are of interest to DEVCOM SC and it will help expand the HEROES technology portfolio to empower Soldiers.

You will receive a list of Research Topic Specific Meetings (via MS Teams with date/time) for a Question-and-Answer Session for each research topic. These meetings will be scheduled Feb. 7-9, 2024.

The ideation, concept paper and proposal process for this year is a bit different and therefore we request you to please read the instructions below. The new proposal process will also be explained in the open call meeting.

  1. After the open call and Q&A sessions, we plan to schedule an ideation workshop. For the ideation workshop, we require faculty members interested in submitting concept papers to any of the topics to put together “research concept slides” which you will receive at the open call. This slide will be due to HEROES Susan_Damore@uml.eduby noon on Monday, Feb. 19.
  2. These slides will be reviewed by DEVCOM SC and Ravi Mosurkal.
  3. The ideation workshop (with slide presentation) is scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 1.
    • a. 10 minutes presentation.
    • b. 15 minutes Question and Answer (Q&A).

The tentative date for concept paper submission is March 14 at 8 a.m. If you have any questions feel free to contact via email: Susan_Damore@uml.edu.

HEROES' Inaugural Technology Commercialization Teaming Event!

December 4, 2023, 4 – 7:30 p.m. | Innovation Hub, 3rd Floor | 110 Canal Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Commercializing Technologies and Growing Partnership Opportunities

Discover, learn, network with top tier professors, students and business leaders from UMass Lowell and the local ecosystem. Expect an evening of lively discussion with founders, funders, technologists, customers and support systems of some of the most promising startups in the Commonwealth.

Driving technological innovation forward: the recent HEROES/UMass Lowell technology Commercialization teaming event marked a milestone in fostering industry-academia collaboration. Sponsored by HBSR, MassVenture and UML M2D2, this engaging forum brought together thought leaders, including Chancellor Julie Chen, and industry experts for a dynamic exploration of cutting-edge technologies. Keynote speaker Dr. Austin Che of Ginkgo Bioworks illuminated the event with his insights. The highlight was the presentation of diverse innovations ranging from AI/ML solutions in agri-food industries to advanced environmental sensing technologies. This event not only showcased the promising project 'Aquatox' by Prof. Kurup, the winning team, but also opened avenues for future partnerships and commercialization prospects in the tech world. A vibrant hub for knowledge exchange. it reflected UMass Lowell's commitment to advancing technology and nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems


Featuring Guest Speakers:

  • Julie Chen, Chancellor, UMass Lowell
  • Austin Che, Ph.D., Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Stacy Swider, VP Investments, MassVentures
Logo that says: HEROES UMass Lowell/US Army, DEVCOM Soldier Center, US Army

HEROES is a strategic partnership between UMass Lowell and DEVCOM SC. Together we collaborate with Industry, academia, and government to leverage intellectual assets and resources to create knowledge accessible now and in the future.

As an interdisciplinary research and development group, students, staff, and faculty work alongside DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers to transform ideas into products to increase national security and enhance the US warfighter.

HEROES at NSSC Innovation Day

Innovation Day at Beacon Hill with the HEROES Staff in Front of a HEROES stand

From left to right: Post doctoral researchers Anna Maria Routsi, Connor Sullivan, Ravi Mosurkal (HEROES Co-Director, US Army, DEVCOM SC), Adam Norton (Assistant Director, NERVE Center), Brigadier General David C. (US Army, DEVCOM SC), and Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan, (Co-Director, HEROES).

Event Was Hosted at the Mass. State House July 27, 2023

The HEROES Initiative recently participated in the Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) Innovation Day at the Massachusetts State House. Researchers presented current research and advanced technologies to state senators and representatives, members of the media, and the public.

Protective Textiles: Bio-based Materials at HEROES

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Learn how HEROES impacts the thriving industry of protective textiles, which is experiencing significant growth due to advancements in materials, technology, and increased safety awareness. It highlights the demand for textiles that protect against hazards and their potential applications in sectors like defense, healthcare, sports, and industrial safety, while also mentioning the need for research, innovation, and collaborations.

Read the article: Protective textiles: a sunrise sector.

Solar Powered Fabric Research at HEROES

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with Boston-based company Protect the Force and HEROES, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, are developing a solar power charging fabric that can be worn by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Read the article: New Solar Powered Clothing Can Charge Portable Devices on the EMSWorld website.

Promoting Innovation

  • $40M
    in Research Expenditure
  • 163
    Projects Funded
  • 140+
    Papers Published

Engineering Solutions

HEROES is a strategic partnership between UMass Lowell and DEVCOM SC. Together we collaborate with Industry, academia, and government to leverage intellectual assets and resources to create knowledge accessible now and in the future.

As an interdisciplinary research and development group, students, staff, and faculty work alongside DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers to transform ideas into products to increase national security and enhance the US warfighter.