Philadelphia University would receive $1.6 million in new funds for the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection (LEHP) under a fiscal 2010 spending bill that received final Congressional approval early Saturday morning. President Obama is expected to sign the Department of Defense appropriation bill into law.
With the new funding, a total of $9 million in federal funds has been appropriated to support LEHP since it was established in 2004. Last week, Congress appropriated another $600,000 to support the University’s new Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory and science laboratory equipment.“
This new funding will enable us to complete our very successful program to develop enhanced uniforms for the modern soldier,” said David Brookstein, Sc.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles and executive director for research. “In addition, we believe the new technologies we have developed also will be transferable to the civilian sector for emergency first responders.” The $2.2 million appropriated by Congress in the last week will be instrumental in carrying out the University’s strategic plan initiative to advance applied research on campus.“These funds will help the University expand its pioneering applied research in areas that really make a difference in people’s lives,” said Provost Randy Swearer. “I applaud the faculty and academic leadership for their outstanding work in these fields.”The Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection, housed in the Philadelphia University Research Center in Manayunk, is working on the development, coordination and integration of complex systems incorporated in the protective garments for military personnel. In addition to systematic research efforts relating to comfort, protection and performance, LEHP also studies psychophysical factors and parameters, perceived user-confidence data and factors and conducts research in textile and garment engineering and material science.