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Philadelphia Receives Funding To Establish LEHP

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, has been awarded $1.7 million to establish a Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection (LEHP). The funding, allocated in the 2004 Defense Appropriations bill, will finance research related to development of technologically advanced protective-garment systems for military and civilian first-responder uses.

Collaborating with the Natick, Mass.-based US Army Soldier Systems Center, LEHP will develop, coordinate and integrate such systems; and transfer technology to apparel manufacturers, as well as coordinate partnerships between manufacturers to improve comfort, performance and appropriateness of protective gear. Psychophysical factors and parameters, perceived user confidence, textile and garment engineering and material science will be among the areas of research. LEHP also will conduct sample apparel system production runs; cost-structure evaluations; and analyses of the relative merits of comfort, protection and life-cycle cost.

"[LEHP] will not only address the nations critical need to more effectively protect the military, but it will also enhance the high-technology manufacturing base for Pennsylvania," said David Brookstein, Sc.D., dean of Philadelphia Universitys School of Textiles and Materials Technology and principal LEHP investigator.

October 2004