Jo Ann Ratto is the Deputy Director CCDC SC - HEROES and Senior Materials Engineer for HEROES at UMass Lowell.

Jo Ann Ratto, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty


Biodegradable polymers and sustainable materials, High barrier polymers, Multilayer films, Extrusion, Nanocomposites, Polymeric coatings, Food packaging, and Pollution prevention.


Jo Ann Ratto is a graduate of UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Department and has been collaborating with UMass Lowell's Plastics Engineering faculty and their students for the past 30 years while working at DEVCOM. Her research interests include: biodegradable polymers, extrusion, multilayered co-extruded films, high barrier polymers for food packaging, and reduction of solid waste for the military.