WEAR 2019 Expert Speakers

Meet the confirmed speakers who will be at WEAR 2019.  

  • Dr. Newton Agrawal

    Physician-Scientist, CTO Med-Line, LLC and Swurly Clothing

    Dr. Newton Agrawal, MD, PhD, EE/CS obtained a bioelectrical engineering degree at MIT, in conjunction with the Harvard Medical-MIT Health Sciences and Technologies (HST) program. He holds a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the Montreal Neurological Institute, Complex Neural Systems Group, McGill University, Canada. After post-doctoral training with pioneers in Neurosurgical Monitoring, Neurostimulation, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Psychostimulation at Rush University, The University of Chicago, and Harvard Medical School, he trained in clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at ETSU/Quillen College of Medicine. He worked as a systems design electrical engineer and software developer with several Venture Capital-funded Semiconductor and Internet startup companies in California, during the peaks of the Silicon Valley and Dot Com booms and was active in leadership positions with the MIT Alumni Association (MIT Club of Southern California) and participated with the MIT Enterprise Forum of California. He is involved in scientific academic research, clinical medical practice, and design, development, and marketing of wearables at Med-Line, LLC (www.med-line.com) and Swurly Clothing Company (www.swurlywurly.com, www.swurlyclothing.com). He is interested in joint venture opportunities to develop breakthroughs with wearable technologies in the field of medicine.

  • John Cabeca

    Director West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

    As the Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the USPTO's west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

    A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 28 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

    Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office.  At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.

  • Virginia L. Carron

    Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

    Virginia Carron is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Atlanta office. She practices patent and trademark litigation and counseling. Her broad client base includes a large food and beverage company; a company involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, pollution control and glass; an international manufacturer of hand-made cigars; and numerous international clients in various fields. She has been recognized as an IP Star, Top 250 Women in IP, and as a patent and trademark IP Star in Georgia by Managing Intellectual Property, as well as a leader in Georgia by Intellectual Asset Management. Virginia’s litigation experience includes numerous U.S. district court trials, trials before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Virginia counsels clients on intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters in both trademarks and patents for several Fortune 500 companies.  She holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

  • Alexandra Emly

    Managing Engineer Exponent

    Dr. Emly is a materials scientist focused on solving battery-related problems

  • Elizabeth Gazda

    CEO Embr Labs

    Elizabeth is the CEO of Embr Labs, a Boston-based company that produces the Embr Wave - an intelligent bracelet that hacks the way users feel temperature. Liz began her career with Philips Consumer Electronics in the Netherlands, where she was responsible for driving innovation across several consumer divisions.  She then returned to the US to focus her efforts on mobile and enterprise software, and was part of Boston’s e-commerce unicorn: ATG (acq. Oracle) as well as other fast-moving companies like m-Qube (acq. Verisign). Liz  was also a member of the founding team of IPG’s Ansible – one of the first mobile marketing agencies, and a member of the founding team at Noteflight - which was acquired by the Hal Leonard Company.  More recently, Elizabeth co-founded the international Fintech company, Doni – offering consumers and banks new financial instruments that appeal to younger generations of consumers. 


    Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and International relations from UC Berkeley where she was also a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team. She also holds an International MBA from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands and an Executive Coaching degree from William James College. Elizabeth serves as an advisor to several Boston-based startups in iOT, software, and gaming

  • Chris Jorgensen

    Director Technology Transfer IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

    Chris Jorgensen is Director Technology Transfer with IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a worldwide trade association for the electronics interconnect industry. As a member of IPC’s technical department, Chris’s primary responsibility is staff liaison to standards development committees. These committees are responsible for standards such as those for e-textiles and printed electronics.

    Chris is secretary of the United States Technical Advisory Group – TAG – of the International Electrical Commission’s Technical Committee 91 Electronics Assembly Technology and is a participating member of its technical working groups. He is also a member of the US TAG for IEC TC 119 Printed Electronics and is a participating member of its working groups.

    Chris also represents IPC as a member of NextFlex–America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute for which he is a colead of its Standards, Reliability and Test Technical Working Group.

    Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in standards development, nonprofit management and marketing. He received his degree in communications from Columbia College in Chicago

  • Chris Lane

    CEO 3dMD

    With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe. Following an early career in software engineering and as a consultant with a U.K. government agency focused on the promotion of IT, Lane joined Oracle, the world’s largest business-to-business software company. During his six years with the company, he held VP positions in Europe and the U.S., including head of Consulting Operations. Lane then joined the IT team at EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s leading venture capital investors. In 1994, Lane was appointed as CEO and president of TSW International, which he shaped to be the acknowledged market leader and visionary company in the Enterprise Asset Management market. Just prior to joining 3dMD, Lane held the position of COO at ECSoft, a European IT services provider.


    Lane co-founded 3dMD in 2000 with the goal of establishing a highly-reliable, non-invasive 3D technology platform for efficiently imaging people in 3D to a level of anatomical shape precision required to fuel growth in applications such as medical, biometrics, human factors, high-end fit apparel, and anthropometrics. For the past 17 years, Lane has personally spearheaded an R&D strategy that has resulted in 3dMD becoming the benchmark supplier of high-precision 3D and temporal-3D(4D) surface image capture solutions. To maintain the company’s global benchmark status, Lane is actively involved with spearheading industry initiatives and 3dMD customer community to better understand real-world requirements and ever-changing environments.

  • Maria Marecki

    Senior Regulatory Consultant Compliance & Risks

    Senior Regulatory Consultant, Compliance & Risks

  • Madison Maxey

    Founder and Technical Lead LOOMIA

    Madison Maxey is passionate about materials and creative technology. She focuses on bringing flexible, robust circuitry (e-textiles) to scale as Founder and Technical Lead at LOOMIA (previously The Crated). Throughout the course of her work at LOOMIA, she has developed e-textiles prototypes and workshops for companies like North Face, Google, PVH, Flextronics, Adidas and Corning.

  • Jon Melnick

    Research Director Lux Research

    As a Research Director at Lux Research, Jon leads the Digital Transformation of Physical Industries research program, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as IoT, sensors, autonomous vehicles, communication protocols, smart cities and buildings, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and connected devices.


    Prior to taking on this role, Jon worked in a range of Lux Research groups ranging from Food, Health, and Wellness to Electronic User Interfaces. Before joining Lux Research, Jon was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied electrochemical processes. Jon holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage and mercury remediation.

  • Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia

    Attorney Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

    Samhitha Muralidhar Medatia is an attorney in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Atlanta office. She focuses on patent litigation and client counseling across a wide spectrum of technologies, including pharmaceutical, textiles, chemical, and electrical arts. Drawing on her experience at the trial level and on insight gained serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, she represents innovative companies in complex high-stakes litigation at all phases. Before law school, Samhitha worked as a chemical process engineer for the Dow Corning Corporation. Her research included developing innovative production methods for high-purity silica materials for use in a wide variety of products. Samhitha holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

  • Syuzi Pakhchyan

    Design Director BCG Digital Ventures

    Syuzi Pakhchyan is a Design Director at BCG Digital Ventures where she builds new ventures with cross-disciplinary teams that sit at the intersection of consumer and healthcare.


    She is also a leading expert in wearable technology with over ten years of experience in the field. In 2008, Syuzi authored "Fashioning Technology," the first DIY book on interactive fashion. She has also founded a design and innovation consulting studio and worked with startups such as Misfit Wearables. Syuzi is a recognized thought leader in wearable technologies and has spoken at leading industry conferences, including CES, SXSW, Wearable Tech Expo and the Augmented World Expo.

  • Stephanie Rodgers

    Director of Advanced Product Development Apex Mills

    Stephanie Rodgers has been at the forefront of textile and component product development for luxury and flagship automotive interiors for General Motors, Magna International, Fisker Automotive and newly emerging electric vehicle companies for 25 years.  Then, in a bizarre career turn, became the first textile engineer at Microsoft Corporation where she collaborated with XBOX and SURFACE researchers and engineers to design and develop with textiles. Receiving a Microsoft applied US Patent in integrated electronic textile and for developing a user attachment for handicapped XBOX players.She has been putting her Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University to work for 30 years. In addition to traveling the global textile community, she has lectured about textiles to design and engineering students of all disciplines.  She currently works as the Director of Advanced Product Development for Apex Mills using yarn as a vehicle for innovation.  Additionally, she is an advisory panel member of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Institute and is the Chairperson of IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee and co-chairs the IPC D-72 materials subcommittee.

  • Remington Scott

    Technical Associate The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

    Remington Scott, is a Technical Associate for The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) as well as a graduate student at North Carolina State University. My research involves the study of electronic textiles and how different fabrication techniques affect their performance and durability after exposing them to standard and accelerated laundering and drying procedures. As a Technical Associate, I have been involved with AATCC’s e-textile research committee to develop test methods for evaluating the resistance of e-textiles and developing new methods for e-textile products.  

  • EJ Shin

    Head of the Strategic planning Jenax Inc.

    EJ Shin is the head of the strategic planning team at Jenax Inc., a company that pioneered the next-generation flexible and fast-charging rechargeable battery cell that can be bent and rolled in any direction. She has been with Jenax since the company initiated its battery development and led a successful launch of its flexible battery in the US and Japan in 2015. In her role, she helps device and wearable companies leverage Jenax’s customized, cutting-edge battery solution for their innovative products. Her previous work experiences include communications consulting at Fleishman Hillard and G20 Summit in Korea. EJ holds an MBA from Yonsei University, South Korea, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, U.S.

  • Ezgi Ucar

    Chief Product Officer LOOMIA

    Ezgi Ucar is the Chief Product Officer at LOOMIA, a leading smart textiles and technology company based in New York City, where she oversees the refinement of innovative ideas into scalable manufacturing processes.

    Born and raised in Turkey, Ezgi studied Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University and earned her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Her work in multi-sensory explorations and materials research has been featured around the world at exhibits such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Circuit Bridges Concert Series, SXSW, and Numa Paris. We invite you to learn more about Ezgi and her work at ezgiucar.com and loomia.com.