Polymers and Textiles Conference 2019

November 6-8, 2019

This conference will cover manufacturing and innovations, advancements in materials and fibers, workforce development, advanced textiles applications, business developments for advanced materials and products and aspects of sustainability. 

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The seven major tracks this conference will highlight are:

  1. Manufacturing and Innovation
  2. Advancements in Materials and Fibers
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Advanced Textiles Applications/Smart and Connected
  5. Business Development for Advanced Materials and Products
  6. Sustainability in Smart Fabrics
  7. Evolving Design Processes

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Featured Speakers

Ayman F. Abouraddy

Ayman F. Abouraddy received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 2003, all in electrical engineering. In 2003 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, as a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Yoel Fink (Materials Science & Engineering) and Prof. John D. Joannopoulos (Physics), and then became a Research Scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics in 2005. He is the coauthor of more than 120 journal publications, 230...Read more

Samantha Burdett

At Shima Seiki USA, Samantha works in Sales and is the Senior Product Developer. Utilizing Shima Seiki’s latest technology, her task is to push the capabilities of the machines and provide innovative, sustainable solutions for flatbed knitting. This includes a focus on Shima’s 3D knitting technology known as WHOLEGARMENT®. Furthermore, Samantha operates and sells the SDS-ONE APEX3 design system that is utilized to reduce the amount of physical prototypes needed during the developing process with virtual samplingRead more

Genevieve Dion

Genevieve Dion is a Design Scientist with extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Her design work is in the permanent collections of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the core of her work Dion explores novel processes that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into unique three-dimensional forms. Within this focus her research team investigates modular production and mass customization of 3D knit fabrication for the development of seamlessly integrated fabric interfaces, "Textile and Garment Devices”.

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Yuly Fuentes-Medel

Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel is a catalyst of creative ideas and ecosystem builder. She is currently the Project Manager for Fiber Technologies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founder of Value of Science LLC. She created DESCIENCE, a global collective of designers, scientists & technologists,connecting the world of science and Design as one. She received the 2015 Boston Business Magazine “Woman to Watch” Award, nominated as Human of the year by Motherboard . She graduated with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Postdoctoral...Read more

Keith Hoover

Keith Hoover is president of Black Swan Textiles, a consulting company specializing in digitalization for the apparel and textile industries, from 3D product design to manufacturing optimization and automation on the factory floor. The company’s current focus involves developing digital models and standards that will enable comprehensive fabric specification, formulation, and QC. He is currently overseeing an end-to-end digital product creation program for Ralph Lauren in New York.

Hoover started his career as a commercial artist and fashion illustrator for such brands as Brooks...Read more

Matthew Kolmes

Mr. Kolmes is the CEO of Supreme Corporation, USA. Supremes’ Mission is to make the highest quality cut, slash, and abrasion resistant yarns, fabrics, and safety products in the world, utilizing proprietary coatings engineered to provide antimicrobial, flame retardant (FR), durable water repellent (DWR), and other desired protective finishes.  Supreme celebrated its fifty-fifth year in business this July and has engineered yarns, fabrics, and safety products for such prestigious organizations including the Japanese Police Department, Dutch SWAT, The Italian Ministry of Defense, and in...Read more

Akshay Kothakonda

Akshay Kothakonda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working at MIT's Human Systems Laboratory, his research involves development of the MIT BioSuitTM, an advanced spacesuit concept that functions on the principle of mechanical counter pressure of a tensioned fabric on the skin. The goal behind this effort is enhancing astronaut mobility on planetary surfaces of Moon and Mars. His work focuses on investigating novel polymers and textiles that would enable application of...Read more

Yolita Wildman Nugent

Yolita Wildman Nugent is an apparel engineer, entrepreneur and researcher of advanced clothing systems including wearable electronics. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Apparel Design. She has worked professionally in the apparel industry and in production since 1997. Her interest in technology eventually led her to work on many wearable and textile sensing applications developing out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some of this work transitioned to the Department of Defense where she spent several years working on advanced soldier systems and individual...Read more

Katy O'Brien

Katy O’Brien, Engineering Manager for Manufacturing Innovation Team at New Balance.  New Balance is one of the few companies dedicated to making footwear here in the United States.  The Manufacturing Innovation team supports the domestic manufacturing initiatives by leveraging new digital technologies and advanced manufacturing to gain labor efficiencies and drive new product opportunities....Read more

Gregory C. Rutledge

Gregory C. Rutledge is the Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Lead PI for MIT in AFFOA, a Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on functional fabrics. He served as Director of the Program in Polymer Science and Technology and as Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society, and he is a...Read more

David Schwartz

Dr. David Schwartz is Area Manager in PARC’s Hardware Systems Laboratory. He directs research focused on flexible and wearable electronics and printed and distributed sensor systems and associated analytics, as well as projects in mm-wave technologies and energy efficiency. He also served as the lead circuit and systems designer for PARC’s printed and flexible electronics for eight years. Recent work includes development of printed gas sensors, RF-powered flexible temperature and humidity sensors for building environment optimization, and an in-mouth BLE-enabled saliva biosensor platform....Read more

Conor Walsh

Conor Walsh is the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

He is the is the founder of the Harvard Bio-design Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive wearable technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control...Read more