Scientific Research & Engineering Development


A 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Corporation Serving the Greater Public Interest

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Science & Technology Group

Devoted to technical excellence & responsiveness to client needs, Heartland Science & Technology Group was founded by experienced engineers, researchers, and business professionals. We pride ourselves on being a creative, self-starting, entrepreneurial team - results driven & always striving to positively affect the world.

Experience Powering Innovation


Information Systems for Agriculture

Transformative Sustainable Practices

We enable farmers to economically implement sustainable farming practices through the use of precision agriculture technologies. Heartland has developed and operates an information system for the farmer that integrates precision agriculture, conservation management, and economic data to facilitate the widespread adoption of conservation management best-practices. For more information, visit Precision Conservation Management.


Cybersecurity Management

Guiding Organizations Through Complex Federal Cybersecurity Regulations

Heartland has developed a web based cybersecurity dashboard demystifying challenging cybersecurity compliance processes and regulations set forth by the federal government. The Cyber Secure Dashboard tool provides the functionality required to implement, manage, track & communicate NIST cybersecurity requirements across the manufacturing enterprise, and maintain compliance through an evolving landscape of potential security threats.

Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Supporting Applied Research & Technology Transition from Academia to Industry

Heartland provides technical and business support to the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) - a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. As part of the University of Illinois, the Institute conducts research and education that enhances the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructures and the businesses and public entities that own and operate those assets and systems.


The Software Commons

High Performance Computing Software & Systems

The Software Commons provides developers with direct access to and use of the latest & most advanced academic, government, & private industry computational codes and tools. Using this resource, private & public organizations are empowered to research, develop, share and employ scientific & high performance computational codes while preserving proprietary methods, processes, and information.

Scientific Software Development

Portable, Hand-Held Spectroscopy

Heartland is developing software tools for SpectroClick's portable spectroscopy device - a portable, accurate, consumer-easy chemical testing device. The technology lets citizen scientists immediately determine if lead or arsenic is present in drinking water. It enables farmers to determine whether fertilizer is needed in a field, or if soil is contaminated. A specialized app, using a webcam to capture data, processes the spectrum quickly, comprehensively, and with more flexibility and portability than has ever been available. SpectroClick's AAH spectrometers are affordable, accurate, and innovative.


Maritime Risk Assessment

Developing Tools to Support The National Infrastructure Protection Plan

Heartland supports applied research conducted at the University of Illinois in the area of threat-based assessments of port infrastructure - prototyping tools to better understand and mitigate the possible effects of port disruptions and their potential impact on industry, economics, and supply chains.

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Growing the Local Aviation Community

Heartland has been active in exploring applications and collaborations for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The company led a community effort to host the 2014 Aviation Innovation Conference at the University of Illinois - a conference designed to grow the local aviation industry by building a stronger aviation community. The Heartland team also facilitated collaborative efforts between Sinclair Community College's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Training Center and the University of Illinois.



Heartland’s Cyber Secure Dashboard Featured in Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Workshop

August 16, 2018

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will host a Manufacturing Workshop focused on cybersecurity in the manufacturing sector. 

The intent of this workshop is to promote industry-wide adoption of the NIST CSF Manufacturing Profile, increase cybersecurity awareness, focus on workforce development, and develop low-cost, easy-to-use solutions geared toward small manufacturers. The Cyber Secure Dashboard will be demonstrated and Heartland President, Glen Salo, will present.

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New Manufacturing Profile View in Cyber Secure Dashboard Tool

March 26, 2018

Just after rolling out Heartland’s first major Cyber Secure Dashboard update, the company announced today the latest upgrade to the Dashboard tool – the new NIST Manufacturing Profile View.

Funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the new Cyber Secure Dashboard Manufacturing Profile View gives manufacturers the ability to view their cybersecurity posture through the lens of the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Profile.

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Heartland Announces First Major Updates to Cyber Secure Dashboard Tool

March 1, 2018

Heartland Science and Technology Group has released the latest updates to the Cyber Secure Dashboard - a cyber security management tool created for businesses in the DoD supply chain needing to comply with complex new federally mandated cybersecurity guidelines. 

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Client Services

  • Research & Development

  • Technology Solutions & Services

  • Collaborative Partnership Facilitation & Management

  • Educational & Business Services

  • Public/Private Integration of Research


Committed to Serving the Public Interest

"Our research has scientific breadth & measurable human impact"