Polymer Research and Advanced Helmet Technology

Dr. Jeff Wiggins, Director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, led a team that helped develop a new football helmet now being used by hundreds of professional and collegiate athletes including two dozen players in the 2014 Super Bowl. The technology used in this helmet aids in minimizing the risk of injury to players by replacing traditional foam material with temperature-resistant cushioning materials. Now, Dr. Wiggins and his team are testing this new technology developed for the playing field to improve helmets used on the battlefield with the goal of enhancing protection for the soldiers that defend our nation.

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