WEAR 2018 Expert Speakers

Meet the confirmed speakers who will be at WEAR 2018.  

  • Patty Adair

    Director of the Risk Management Group Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Patty Adair is the Director of the Risk Management Group at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s risk management program, which includes six program areas – chemical, fire, combustion, children’s, electrical, and mechanical.

    Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Textile Engineering from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.   

    From 1998-2003, Ms. Adair was on the staff of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI).  Before joining ATMI, she worked on a variety of regulatory issues, including textile flammability, at the National Cotton Council.  From 1988-1991 she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana. 

  • Len Allison

    Business Manager Engineered Materials Systems, Inc.

    Len Allison has over 30 years’ experience in Printed Electronics design, fabrication and materials, including a 10 year assignment in Asia. Len is Business Manager – Printed Electronics for Engineered Materials Systems, a division of Nagase Corp. Education - BSME from Michigan State University.

    Len serves on the Printed Electronics and Membrane Switch committee of SGIA, and participates in ASTM and IPC standards development.

  • Sarah Angold, MA(RCA) FHEA

    Owner Sarah Angold Studio

    Cutting edge international design brand Sarah Angold Studio houses a multidisciplinary, award-winning creative team focussed on fusing the latest technical, digital and material innovations with intricate hand-craftsmanship.

    From RFID enabled fashion accessories that communicate with interactive mirrors, to movement responsive sculptures constructed from space grade aluminium honeycomb, Sarah Angold is the go to creator for cutting edge design-tech.

    After receiving an MA in Constructed Textiles and the Paul Reilly scholarship for research from the Royal College of Art in 2008, Angold moved to Japan to design concept cars for Toyota.  It was upon returning to London that she took up her residency at the Design Museum, creating lighting installations for public exhibition that went on to inspire her globally stocked fashion jewellery lines.  As well as being a favourite among celebrity stylists and a regular at London and Paris Fashion Weeks, Sarah Angold Studio is the go to UK consultancy for creative problem solving.  From show-stopping fashion merchandising schemes to wearable tech innovation, Angold’s rapidly expanding list of premium clients includes Tate, Panasonic, Topshop, Grayson Perry, Selfridges, V&A, Seymour Powell, Hussein Chalayan, WGSN, Swarovski and Avery Dennison.

    As a global leader in her field, Angold is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of cross-disciplinary design entrepreneurs and bridging the ‘language gap’ between fashion and technology.  Her international education programme ‘Collaborative Culture’, this year in partnership with Cartier, links industry with the world’s most creative talent at top universities including London College of Fashion and the University of North Carolina. As well as mentoring five London fashion entrepreneurs, Angold is a seasoned speaker at international trend conferences including Premiere Vision Paris, Decoded New York and Creative Futures London.

  • Inka Apter

    Facilitating Manager of Fabric R&D Eileen Fisher

    In my role as a Facilitating Manager of Fabric R&D at Eileen Fisher I am working with my colleagues in sourcing and developing fabrics with mills across the globe. I am also engaged with industry organizations, educators and innovators such as Textile Exchange, CFDA and Fashion Positive in supporting developments in sustainable textiles and fashion as well as circular economy. I feel extremely lucky that my 20+ year long career has been with the company that strongly supports sustainability at every level while striving to maintain high ethical and quality standards.
    On a personal history level, I was born in Dubrovnik, what was then Yugoslavia and now Croatia. After a BA in ethnology from Belgrade University I pursued graduate studies in cultural anthropology at Duke University and textile restoration at FIT but ultimately found a career outside the academic sphere, following life-long passion for fibers and textiles.

  • Jacob Babcock

    CEO and co-founder NuCurrent

    Jacob Babcock is the CEO and co-founder of NuCurrent, an industry leader in wireless power systems and technology development. Babcock has been a pioneer in the new wave of wireless power integration and holds over twelve patents in wireless power transfer and magnetics. Under his leadership, NuCurrent has established itself as a technology, IP and design leader in magnetics for wireless power transfer and wireless charging. Prior to NuCurrent, Babcock was Legal Counsel North America for cleverbridge, and a technology and transactions attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP. He was also a teacher with Teach for America. Babcock has a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a BA from Indiana University. ​

  • Bill Babe

    Sales & Marketing Manager Liquid X

    Bill possesses over 7 years of successful technical sales and marketing experience. In his current role at Liquid X, Bill is responsible for product development oversight, strategic partnerships and market analysis. Prior to joining Liquid X, Bill ran the day to day operations for a regional distributor of water treatment products for the municipal water and wastewater industry. Bill has also acted as Marketing Manager/Technical Recruiter for a national engineering services firm with over 350 employees. In this role, Bill managed a multi-faceted marketing program to develop and refresh the marketing strategy; business intelligence tools; promotional materials; and public website. Bill received a B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College. He completed a one year, full time program at Duquesne University and received an MBA with a focus on Sustainability

  • Anuja Bagul

    Senior Material Scientist Material ConneXion

    Anuja G. Bagul is a Senior Material Scientist, New Technologies at Material ConneXion. In this role, Anuja has spearheaded research into new materials and technologies including e-skins, soft robotics, smart haptics, wearables, e-textiles, printed and structural electronics, composites, and bioengineered materials including synthetic spider silks. In addition, Anuja works with cross-functional teams to ideate and implement new material strategies and enhance technology portfolios.

    Anuja holds a Masters Degree from Cornell University in Materials Science and Engineering, focusing on functionalized nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery systems, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, where she served as Team Leader of the Soleca-Solar Car project in her undergraduate program.

    Anuja’s prior experience includes being the youngest person ever to work in the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, India. There, she was a part of the team that developed a new technique for the extracellular synthesis of gold nanoparticles using biological means. Additionally, Anuja worked with a leading industrial design firm in India called Design Directions, proposing alternate materials, production processes and innovative designs for a variety of projects. She is a frequent speaker on various topics relating to materials, and served as an assistant editor for Material Innovation: Packaging Design, published by Thames & Hudson. 

  • Aldjia Begriche

    Vice President of Smart Textiles OMsignal

    Aldjia Begriche spent nearly 10 years at the most important Canadian textile research center, the CTT Group in Ste-Hyacinthe. While at CTT Group, Adljia launched the Smart Textile Research Group where she developed a prototyping infrastructure and supervised a multidisciplinary team of textile and electronic engineers. During that period, Aldjia filed five patents. In 2014, she joined OMsignal, the leader in bio-sensing garments as Smart Textile Director where she led the transition from prototypes to production of smart apparel. In 2015, she ran the production of the Polo Tech Shirt in partnership with Ralph Lauren.

    As Vice President of Smart Textiles at OMsignal, Aldjia leads a team of data scientists, material engineers and textile designers. She overlooks the apparel development from design to production. She has also developed a full collection of Smart Garments and is an inventor and holds several patents.

    Aldjia graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles in 2006, the most important textile engineer school in Europe. Aldjia also acted as the President of the Institute of Textile Science for a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration between academia and industry in research. 

  • Olivia Burca

    Garment Engineer Wearable X

    Olivia Burca is the garment engineer at Wearable X. She oversees product and development where she leads garment engineering efforts in collaboration with teams across the US, Australia, and Sri Lanka. Born in Canada, Olivia received her BFA in fashion design in New York at Parsons the New School of Design. During her studies, she fell in love with researching innovative sustainable materials and discovering how technology can enhance textiles and improve people’s lives. Olivia was awarded grand prizes at multiple  competitions and fashion hackathons and collaborated with Intel on a fashion project with Parsons incorporating their Curie chip.  Olivia has had the opportunity to work under some of the most forward thinking fashion design companies such as The Row, Mary Katrantzou, and Yeezy X Addidas. She spent a year in London studying textile design, pattern making, shoe construction, and tailoring in London at Central Saint Martins.

  • Stacey Burr

    Founder, Future Standard, Alumni of Digital Wear at DuPont, Textronics, adidas DuPont, Textronics, adidas

    As VP, General Manager of adidas Digital Sport, Stacey Burr leads the creation, development and operations of miCoach® wearable sports electronics, digital sport and app experiences. Their aim is to build a deeper connection to consumers through sports coaching and fitness services, which ultimately lead to  positive fitness behavior change.

    Stacey is a leader in the field of wearable sensing technology.  Following a career at DuPont, she founded and served as CEO of Textronics Inc, a pioneer in electro-textiles. Textronics led the commercialization of e-textiles with the first wearable sensor garments for fitness and health. In late 2008 she successfully sold the Company to adidas. 

    Her team at adidas subsequently developed and launched the miCoach® Elite athlete monitoring system in 2013.  Major League Soccer, in the United States, adopted the miCoach Elite system across the entire league, making MLS the first professional Smart League.  

    Ms. Burr has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an M.B.A, with a marketing and operations emphasis, from Purdue University. She is the co-inventor of 16 patented materials and process technology innovations in wearable electronics. Stacey chairs the Smart Fabrics and the Wear Tech UX annual conferences.  In addition to her position with adidas, she also stays active in the fashion tech and consumer health venture start-up communities.

  • Michael Burrows

    Global Venture Leader DuPont

    Michael Burrows is leading the Intexar™ smart clothing technology venture at DuPont. His background includes research, marketing, and business while working for materials companies big and small.

  • Tricia Carey

    Director of Global Business Development Apparel Lenzing Fibers

    With a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from  The Fashion Institute of Technology and Marywood University, Tricia has held positions in fabric sales and business development. Close to twenty years ago she started with Courtaulds Fibers NY to develop the marketing for an innovative new fiber, called TENCEL.  When Lenzing Fibers acquired Tencel Inc in 2004, Tricia became USA Merchandising Manager for Womenswear, Menswear and Intimates.  Her global sourcing experience assists brands and retailers to evaluate supply chains and realize effective means of using Lenzing Fibers.  Currently Tricia manages Lenzing’s global business development for the denim market and the Business Development team for USA brands and retailers.

    Tricia is also the Vice Chair at Textile Exchange and is a member of the FIT Textile Department Advisory Board.  She earned a certificate in Digital Marketing from Cornell University in 2017.

  • Stefan Carlsson

    CTO and Founder Inuheat™

    Stefan Carlsson is the CTO and Founder of Inuheat™. Inuheat™ is an innovative company focusing on wearable heating systems for apparels in cold environments. The Inuheat technology makes it possible for any clothing brand to easily implement active heating in their apparels.

  • Tony Chahine

    Founder Myant

    Tony Chahine is an entrepreneur with a hunger for solving problems. His unwavering belief in technological innovation, as well as his proven track record for disrupting the status quo, have allowed him to restructure many businesses with sales of over a billion dollars and build his own multimillion-dollar chain of retail stores across Canada.

    In 1992 Tony founded Battery Plus, a company introducing quick-charging technology and higher battery capacity, a burgeoning demand at the time, to the North American market when battery technology was not widely available. Tony’s desire to upset traditional markets by pioneering new products and business strategies have resulted in transformative impacts on entire industries, with Battery Plus as only one example.

    Highly regarded as an expert in transforming struggling markets with his creative ideas, Tony spent the following twelve years as an investor, consultant, and business manager. During this time, Tony purchased Cotton Ginny with the aim of restructuring the international chain of retail stores to focus on organic cotton and environmental sustainability.

    Tony Chahine’s most recent start-up, Myant, is changing how people live by embedding technology into textiles. Myant designs, develops and produces Textile Computing solutions that allow developers in industries like finance, healthcare, insurance, fitness and automotive to have a direct conduit between the human body and the connected world.  Their first consumer product, SKIIN a line of base layers, is disrupting the apparel industry with the ability to detect, record, analyze and respond to the complex needs of the human body

  • Dr. Daniel Chao

    Co-Founder & CEO Halo Neuroscience

    Dr. Daniel Chao is a neurotech entrepreneur, specializing in devices that improve brain performance. He is the co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience. The company’s first product, Halo Sport, is the first neurostimulation system built specifically to accelerate movement-based training with applications in sports, military, musicianship and stroke rehab. Before Halo, Dr. Chao was the head of business development at NeuroPace, where he played a central role in the development of the world’s first responsive neurostimulation system that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy in a unanimous 13-0 vote. Prior to Neuropace, Dr. Chao was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and earned his M.D. and M.S. in neuroscience from Stanford University.

  • Ben Cooper

    Managing Director IoClothes

    Ben is a passionate product and business developer driven by the need to find practical solutions to real world problems. He is currently Managing Director of IoClothes, a strategy and project management services company helping bridge the gap between apparel, footwear and textile companies and technology companies. Previously, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation's Global Innovation Center. He led the product research and testing initiatives for Timberland, Vans and The North Face innovation, and VF’s wearable tech exploratory group. Before that, Ben co-founded the "smart" infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile products space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led fast-paced multi-million dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense

  • Michael Corbett

    General Manager WEEL Technologies

    Michael has been working in the design and manufacturing of Wearable Electronics for the past 16 years. First as President of FITRIGHT Industrial and now as Co-Founder and General Manager of WEEL Technologies, Michael and his team in Taiwan, The Philippines and China have become leaders in the design and manufacturing of Wearable Electronics products for the Outdoor, Sports and Healthcare markets.

    Michael graduated from Wichita State University with two BA degrees and was awarded a MA degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He currently splits his time between his home in Greensboro, North Carolina and the WEEL factory in Shenzhen, China.

  • Felecia Davis

    Assistant Professor Stuckeman Center for Design Computing in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University

    Felecia Davis is an Assistant Professor at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and is the director of SOFTLAB@PSU. She has a PhD from the Design and Computation Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. She received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tufts University. Felecia's work develops computational textiles or textiles that respond to commands through computer programming, electronics and sensors for use in architecture, interiors and soft objects. The work of SOFTLAB@PSU is featured in a PBS/NPR broadcast feature titled Women in Science.

    She is also principal in her own design firm FELECIA DAVIS STUDIO where has received several finalist awards for her architectural designs in open and invited design competitions.  Felecia has lectured, taught workshops, published and exhibited her work in textiles, computation and architecture internationally, including the Swedish School of Textiles, Microsoft Research, and MIT's Media Lab.

  • Candice Decaire

    Partner Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

    Candice Decaire practices intellectual property law, with expertise in patent and trade secret protection. Ms. Decaire has counseled and represented clients in litigation, appeals, arbitration, ITC investigations, and inter partes review proceedings concerning diverse technologies such as computer hardware and software, biologics, pharmaceuticals, carpet, thermal imaging/night vision equipment, "bullet proof" armor, industrial bearings, aircraft equipment, and medical devices. Ms. Decaire also advises clients about strategies for protecting and profiting from intellectual property and data, with particular focus on the Internet of Things and wearable tech, including assessment and mitigation of risks of infringement or misappropriation, and data privacy and security issues. Ms. Decaire helps biotech and other clients with IP and licensing policies, strategies, and agreements, including as to due diligence and investigation of validity and freedom to operate. 

  • Paul Dillinger

    Vice President of Global Product Innovation Levi Strauss & Co.

    Paul Dillinger is the Vice President of Global Product Innovation at LS&Co. Following his passion for sustainability, Dillinger has been an integral partner with the company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group to develop front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process. Dillinger also led the design team that created the Dockers® Wellthread collection, a result of a fellowship with the Aspen Institute. He is the first fashion designer to earn a First Movers Fellowship with the renowned organization.

    Before joining LS&Co., Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY.  He has held faculty appointments at California College of the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, and has also served as a designer-in-residence at the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co.  

    Dillinger received his BFA in fashion design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, he moved to Milan as the first Fulbright Scholar in field of fashion design, researching the influence of emerging luxury markets on high-fashion design direction and commercialization strategies. Concurrent with this research, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy in 1995.

  • Genevieve Dion

    Associate Professor Drexel University

    With her extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design, Genevieve Dion’s design work is in the permanent collections of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her research focuses on the investigation of flexible production methods and mass customization of textiles for the development of seamlessly integrated knitted electronics into "Textile and Garment Devices". In 2012, she launched the Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab at ExCITE to conduct transdisciplinary research on functional fabrics. Dion was named Fast Company's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014 for her creative approach toward the design and fabrication of functional fabrics. She now directs the Center for Functional Fabrics at Drexel University and works closely with the newly founded Advance Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing Institute located in Cambridge, MA. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center will open at Drexel under Dion’s direction in coordination with AFFOA. Her research receives funding from the NSF, NIH and Keck Futures.

  • Kyle Eckhart

    Vice President, Client Development R2C

    At R2C Group, Kyle Eckhart leads the Client Development team. His expertise in action-driving analytics has led to close collaboration with the creative process, making him an agency and industry leader in integrated communications strategy. He also plays a significant role in identifying companies that are a great fit for our craft+math approach.

    Marrying the needs of a client with R2C Group’s end-to-end solution is a special talent, and it’s Kyle’s forte. He will figure out how to get a client exactly what they need to grow, and he’ll work relentlessly to give them speed-to-market, too. He understands the importance of using a multi-channel approach to build businesses. And his analytical talents mean he’s able to predict which direct response techniques will work for which companies and why.

    Kyle has been a practitioner of Transactional Brand Building for more than a decade and has had the opportunity to build successful campaigns for major brands, such as Humana, Vonage, Fisher Investments, Alaska Airlines, Chase, TiVo, GameFly, Microsoft and ChristianMingle.

    Kyle earned his MBA from Fort Hays State University in Western Kansas. Today, he and his wife Wendy and daughter Mary enjoy all the food, culture, and adventure Portland has to offer, while still fervently supporting the Kansas Jayhawks from afar.

  • Yariv Erad

    CEO Hisep Technology

    Yariv Erad, CEO:  14 years of experience in leading business development projects in various technological fields (medical, clean-tech) as well as wide venture-capital and M&A hands-on experience. Mr. Erad is holds an LL.B. degree and is admitted to the Israeli Bar since 1999.

  • Ryan Genz

    CEO CuteCircuit

    The work of world’s first wearable-technology fashion brand CuteCircuit interweaves
    leading edge fashion design with emerging technologies and smart fabrics to create
    fashions that not only look beautiful, but carry within them magical capabilities and
    interactive connections which create a new paradigm for both innovation and sustainable
    fashion production. CuteCircuit’s co-founders, Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, have a
    background in fashion design (Valentino), and interaction design and anthropology
    respectively and hold a number of patents in the field of wearable technology such as 3D
    Augmented Reality Audio and sensor enhanced fabric constructions.

    CuteCircuit introduced internet connected clothing and touch (haptic) telecommunication
    with products such as the Hug Shirt in 2002 (awarded by Time magazine as one of the
    Best Inventions of the Year in 2006). The Galaxy Dress introduced in 2008 (part of the
    permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago) remains today
    the world’s largest wearable luminous display and it is a truly magical and mesmerising
    garment.

    Social media connected clothing such as the world’s first haute couture Twitter Dress was
    introduced in 2012. CuteCircuit also became the first fashion label to put wearable
    technology on the red carpet when Katy Perry wore a CuteCircuit gown to the Met Gala
    in 2010, and the same year CuteCircuit introduced the first line of technologically
    advanced ready-to-wear at Selfridges in London. The Graphene Dress, the world’s first
    dress made using graphene was created in 2017.

    The fashion collections presented on-schedule at New York Fashion week introduced
    luxury ready-to-wear fashions and accessories that can be controlled via a smartphone
    app to allow the wearer to change the colour and functionality of their garments at the
    touch of a button. CuteCircuit also recently collaborated with Chanel and Converse.
    Many garments from the CuteCircuit collections are on display and in collections of
    museums all over the world, such as the Barbican Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston, Museum at FIT, etc.

    Currently at Cooper Hewitt the Smithsonian Design Museum
    in New York is the SoundShirt, a garment that allows deaf audience members to feel the
    music during a concert through touch sensations, on display in the Access+Ability
    exhibition. CuteCircuit’s infiniTshirt, the world’s first connected t-shirt (formerly known as
    tshirtOS), is part of the exhibition “T-shirt: Cult, Culture, and Subversion" at the Fashion
    and Textile Museum in London.

  • Todd Harple

    Director, Experience Innovation and Pathfinding, Olympic Technology Group Intel

    Todd is an innovation and pathfinding leader at Intel where he has worked since 2005. Todd has conducted global ethnographic and design research and has been on the front end of exploring potential new business and technology areas for intel including consumer electronics, mobile devices, wearables and smart materials. He presently leads strategic pathfinding and integration activities within Olympic Technology Group which is part of Intel’s Corporate Strategy Office. Prior to joining Intel, Todd worked in diverse settings including financial services and natural resource industries as well as in museums, community development and education. Todd earned a Master’s degree in Historical Administration and Museum studies from the University of Kansas in 1995 and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from The Australian National University in 2001.

  • Sylvia Heisel

    Creative Director Heisel

    Named as one of the "25 Forward Thinkers Defining the Future of Fashion", Sylvia Heisel is a designer and creative director working with new materials, manufacturing and physical computing for fashion and
    wearables.

    An expert in 3D printing, functional fashion, and design for smart wearables she is currently developing a work-flow and manufacturing system for 3D printed apparel.

  • Paula Hunter

    Executive Director NFC Forum

    Paula Hunter manages the day-to-day affairs of the NFC Forum under the direction of the Chairman, Officers, and Board of Directors with responsibility for strategic planning and direction, membership development, budgeting, evangelism for the Forum and its mission, and outreach to liaison and vertical market partners.  She has almost two decades of executive technology association management experience beginning in 1999 when, while working for Compaq, she was a founding board member for the ASP Industry Consortium.  Ms. Hunter has served as Executive Director of the NFC Forum since 2013.  Her experience also includes key roles in several technology companies, ranging from small start-ups to large multi-national corporations. https://nfc-forum.org/

  • 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

  • Sanjay Kumar

    Principal Verizon Professional Services

    Sanjay Kumar is a Managing Principal with Verizon Professional Services with several years of experience in technology strategy, architecture and customer experience with the big four consulting firms and technology companies. His area of focus covers co-creation, ideation, design thinking, technology identification, prototyping and systems integration. In his role he brings the Verizon Innovation ecosystem to clients enabling them to create new products and services that help prove the potential, prove the concept and eventually prove the market..  He works with cross functional teams to facilitate open collaboration, blue-sky thinking that removes barriers for technology adoption that brings new ways to sense, transport, analyze, and share insights.  Sanjay has a broad set of industry, outsourcing and consulting services experience including manufacturing, automotive, retail, financial services and hi-tech.  Sanjay holds an undergraduate degree in  Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is active is local entrepreneurial organizations and has held advisory board positions with the Eli Broad College of Business.

  • Dr. Valérie Lamontagne

    Creative Core (Owner and Designer) synapseWear

    Dr. Valérie Lamontagne is a wearables designer, curator, and researcher. She holds a PhD in “Performative Wearables: Bodies, Fashion and Technology” from Concordia University, Montréal (2017). Lamontagne is currently a professor of Fashion Research and Technology at Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) where she is affiliated with the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). She is also the owner and designer at 3lectromode, a wearables electronics atelier dedicated to avant-garde crafting and consulting in fashionable technologies and is the founder and director of the Fashiontech Festival. She has exhibited and lectured internationally on wearables and fashiontech at conferences such as: CHI; HCII; CAA; ISEA; ISWC; CES; DIS; as well as collaborated on notable exhibitions and events related to fashion innovation and media arts such as: ”The Future of Fashion is Now" at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); "TechnoSensual" at MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria (2012). Recently she launched, in collaboration with Art and Program, Inc. (Tokyo) a wearable device for environmental sensing called “synapseWear.” Currently she is acting as a Mentor for WEAR Sustain, a Horizon 2020 European Union Research & Innovation project.

  • 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.

  • Dan Ledger

    Founder Path Collaborative

    Dan Ledger is founder and principal at Path Collaborative, an advisory and research firm working at the broader intersection of wearable technology, connected health, IoT and machine intelligence.  Path Collaborative is a network of industry experts who help OEMs and service providers in the wearable technology space with product strategy, partnerships, go-to-market planning, and technology differentiation. 

    Prior to forming Path Collaborative, Dan was a principal at Endeavour Partners where he led a great deal of work and research on wearable technology. He has advised numerous startups, larger service providers, and OEMs on product definition, service design, ecosystem strategy, and go- to-market planning within this space. Dan has appeared on NPR, Bloomberg and CNN talking about the future of wearable technology. His research in wearable technology has been covered by GigaOm, The Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, TechRepublic, and CBS. Dan has multiple engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters degree from MIT.

  • Céleste Lilore

    Director of Industry Engagement TextileExchange

    Céleste is an insatiably curious lifelong learner who is passionate about community, partnership, provenance, ethics, and timeless style. Through stories, she delights in making the complex simple. Her first job (not including babysitting and waitressing) was as the receptionist at Chanel HQ in Paris. It ignited Celeste’s love affair with both product and fashion while elevating her commitment to service. Since then she has worked as Marketing and Community Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator; Regional Director, Green Festival –New York; Co-Founder and EcoPreneur, RESTORE Clothing; Co-Founder, NOCHAIRS, Inc.; and Founding Member, Save The Garment Center.

  • Tom Martin

    Professor Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Virginia Tech

    Tom Martin is a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he is the co-director of the Virginia Tech E-textiles Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

    His current research includes electronic textiles, location-based applications, and interdisciplinary design teams for pervasive computing. Martin is vice-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee for Wearable Information Systems and has published more than 50 refereed technical articles. In 2006 he was invited to the White House to receive the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research in e-textile-based wearable computing.
     

  • Dr. Ernesto Martinez

    Head of Product Solos by Kopin

    Dr. Ernesto Martinez leads systems innovation in wearable technologies at Kopin. He founded and currently leads the Performance Wearables division. Ernesto also serves as advisor to the CEO, supporting new tech and product strategies that will position the company as a leader in the wearables market. As Head of Product, Ernesto created Solos, an emerging brand in sports performance technology that develops smart glasses for Mobile Augmented Reality, empowering elite athletes to achieve their maximum potential. Solos is the official partner of USA Cycling and was an integral part of their “Project 2016” to support Team USA Track Cycling as they prepared for the Rio Olympic Games.

  • Hadrien Michaud

    CEO Feeltronix

    Hadrien Michaud received an engineering degree from École Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and an MsC in microengineering from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), both in 2013. He then joined the laboratory of Prof Stéphanie Lacour at EPFL and obtained his PhD in 2017 for his work on stretchable metallization technologies for skin-like wearable transducers. He is a founding member of Feeltronix. 

  • Linda Molnar

    Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Engineering Directorate America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF

    Linda Molnar has more than 20 years of experience in the life science and chemical industries, integrating her scientific research and engineering background with commercialization for startups, and international, government, and business environments.  She joined NSF as an SBIR/STTR Program Director in 2017.  Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of Simpatica Medicine, Inc., an artificial intelligence precision medicine company based in San Francisco, California.  Linda founded and worked with life science startup companies from many universities.  She has also provided strategic consultancy to venture capital firms, public companies, non-profit institutes, and the federal government.  Her background includes positions as Managing Director in the Life Sciences Merchant Banking group and Venture Group at Burrill & Company, Executive in Residence at Momentum Biosciences, Program Officer for the National Cancer Institute in the Office of the Director (Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives), and research and business development roles at Caliper Life Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center, and Rohm & Haas Co.  Linda completed the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Executive Management Program and holds a Ph.D. from the Program in Polymer Science and Technology (Materials Science and Chemical Engineering) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemistry (Biology) from the University of Pittsburgh. 

  • Jordan Monroe

    Co-founder Owlet Baby Care

    Jordan Monroe is a co-founder at Owlet Baby Care, where he leads new product development. He was recognized in 2017 on the Forbes' 30 Under 30 List, and has received many accolades and honors in the innovation, tech and entrepreneurship realms. He has been interviewed by top national media outlets, including ABC News, NBC News, FOX News and TechCrunch. He holds a bachelor's degree in business, marketing and entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. He hails from Southern Idaho and is the father to two young children.

  • Despina Papadopoulos

    Founder Principled Design

    Despina Papadopoulos is the founder of Principled Design / Studio 5050, a systems design and strategy studio specializing in wearable technologies, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structure and technological possibility. She works closely with  both technology and apparel companies on the integration of electronics and helps them identify opportunities to disrupt the supply chain.

    A leader in the wearable technology and e-textiles world, Despina developed her first “wearable” in 1995 as part of her MA thesis project at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.  Since then she has developed a wide range of wearable technology projects and solutions, including mBracelet for NCR (which presaged e-payments), fabrickit (an open source modular system that facilitates the construction of wearable projects).She also developed click sneaks, love&hug jackets, and day-for-night (an homage to Paco Rabanne). 

    Despina is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation Program. Despina has lectured internationally on the relationship between design, technology and ethics, including at CHI, Tate Modern, Smart Fabrics, the Jan Van Eyck Academy and the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute. Her work has been featured in publications around the world and exhibited in major museum shows, including the V&A in London, the Holon Design Museum in Holon, Israel, the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

  • Dr. Amanda J. Parkes

    Chief of Technology and Research Future Tech Labs

    Dr. Amanda Parkes is a fashion technologist with over 10 years of experience in wearable technology, interaction design, and fashion innovation. She is the Chief of Technology and Research at Manufacture NY, a hybrid fashion incubator/factory/research facility in Brooklyn NY where she is leading the development of a high tech fashion & textiles R&D space with joint research around advanced digital fabrication, wearable electronics, and material science, She is currently a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Department of Architecture. She received a PhD & M.S. in Tangible Media from the MIT Media Lab and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design) and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. She is an international speaker & lecturer including TED, DLD, PSFK, WEF and the New York Times International Luxury Conference and her design work has been awarded in forums including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review, the Prix Ars Electronica, and the D&AD Awards. She was named to the 2014 Business of Fashion 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry. Outside the lab she likes to sew, surf and amass exquisite shoes. 

  • Dr. Ivan Poupyrev

    Director of Engineering Google, Inc

    Dr. Ivan Poupyrev is an award­-winning scientist, designer and technical leader. Working at the forefront of interaction design, he blends digital and physical realities in everyday objects, devices and the living environment.

     

    Ivan is currently Director of Engineering at Google Inc. where he leads efforts focused on interaction technologies for our future digital lifestyle within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects  (ATAP) group. Previously at Walt Disney Imagineering Research Division and Sony Computer Science Labs in Tokyo, his work was published in leading scientific conferences such as ACM SIGGRAPH and CHI, received critical acclaim in the press including New York Times, Wired magazine, Time, and MIT Technology Review and was recognized with numerous awards.  Fast Company magazine described his as “one of the best interaction designers in the world.” Ivan received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Hiroshima University in Japan.

  • Alexander Reeder

    CEO Art and Program, Inc.

    Alexander Reeder is one of those rare individuals who has a deep understanding of circuit design, programming and design. He has been compiling kernels for over twenty years, designing hardware for over ten and spoken at technical conferences internationally. As an artist Alexander has designed wearables and interactive spaces which have been featured in publications and shown internationally, including the MoMA. He is based in Tokyo, working as the CEO of Art and Program, Inc. Currently Alexander is focused on the development of synapseWear with Valérie Lamontagne.

  • Claudia Richardson

    Leader, Materials Innovation Team Patagonia

    Claudia Richardson leads Patagonia’s Materials Innovation team with a focus on long term advancements in outdoor apparel materials and manufacturing. Through research in materials science, fiber technology, textile engineering, and finishing chemistry, her team seeks to improve technical performance and reduce environmental impact of Patagonia products. Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and has worked to solve materials problems in various fields from clean energy and battery science to consumer housewares and apparel. She joined Patagonia in 2014 to align her technical pursuits with her passion for sustainability, responsibility, and outdoor exploration. 

  • Miguel Ridao

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Sensing Tex

    Mr. Ridao founded the company and became Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He served as the co-founder of three companies in the field of engineering and technology.  Holding over seventeen years of experience in the business of textile and electronic technology, Mr. Ridao is an inventor, holds some patents, has lectured worldwide, published several articles, and has won several awards at both technology and business level. On top of Mr. Ridao's achievement of receiving many high degrees Pre-PhD (UPC, Barcelona Spain 2006); Master Physics (UB, Barcelona Spain 2003); Master Textile Engineering (FH Reutlingen Germany 1999); (UPC, Barcelona Spain 1998), he has acquired academic training completed specifically within the field of entrepreneurship, leadership, and management. This training was done at the business schools of IESE Business School (Learning to Grow Executive Program) and La Salle Business School (Start Up Catalonia Program)

  • Jennifer L. Rodgers

    Director, Technical Committee Operations ASTM International

    Jennifer L. Rodgers is a Director at ASTM International in the Technical Committee Operations division. She is the Technical Committee Manager for Committee D13 on Textiles, and Subcommittee D13.50 on Smart Textiles. Jennifer provides member support and guidance for standards development initiatives. She also serves as a liaison for outreach and education to government and global industry on the ASTM process, recognition as an international standards developer, as well as promotion of ASTM as a solutions provider, through programs such as training, proficiency testing, certification, as well as ASTM’s innovative standards delivery platform.

    Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, and a Master in Business Administration from The University of Scranton. Jennifer has worked for ASTM International for 20 years.

  • Francesca Rosella

    Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder CuteCircuit

    The work of world’s first wearable-technology fashion brand CuteCircuit interweaves
    leading edge fashion design with emerging technologies and smart fabrics to create
    fashions that not only look beautiful, but carry within them magical capabilities and
    interactive connections which create a new paradigm for both innovation and sustainable
    fashion production. CuteCircuit’s co-founders, Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, have a
    background in fashion design (Valentino), and interaction design and anthropology
    respectively and hold a number of patents in the field of wearable technology such as 3D
    Augmented Reality Audio and sensor enhanced fabric constructions.

    CuteCircuit introduced internet connected clothing and touch (haptic) telecommunication
    with products such as the Hug Shirt in 2002 (awarded by Time magazine as one of the
    Best Inventions of the Year in 2006). The Galaxy Dress introduced in 2008 (part of the
    permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago) remains today
    the world’s largest wearable luminous display and it is a truly magical and mesmerising
    garment.

    Social media connected clothing such as the world’s first haute couture Twitter Dress was
    introduced in 2012. CuteCircuit also became the first fashion label to put wearable
    technology on the red carpet when Katy Perry wore a CuteCircuit gown to the Met Gala
    in 2010, and the same year CuteCircuit introduced the first line of technologically
    advanced ready-to-wear at Selfridges in London. The Graphene Dress, the world’s first
    dress made using graphene was created in 2017.

    The fashion collections presented on-schedule at New York Fashion week introduced
    luxury ready-to-wear fashions and accessories that can be controlled via a smartphone
    app to allow the wearer to change the colour and functionality of their garments at the
    touch of a button. CuteCircuit also recently collaborated with Chanel and Converse.
    Many garments from the CuteCircuit collections are on display and in collections of
    museums all over the world, such as the Barbican Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston, Museum at FIT, etc.

    Currently at Cooper Hewitt the Smithsonian Design Museum
    in New York is the SoundShirt, a garment that allows deaf audience members to feel the
    music during a concert through touch sensations, on display in the Access+Ability
    exhibition. CuteCircuit’s infiniTshirt, the world’s first connected t-shirt (formerly known as
    tshirtOS), is part of the exhibition “T-shirt: Cult, Culture, and Subversion" at the Fashion
    and Textile Museum in London.

  • Hasan Shahariar

    Professor North Carolina State University

    Hasan Shahariar has a PhD from North Carolina State University, where he pursued his degree with a major in Fiber and Polymer Science and minor in Electrical Engineering. He has received MS degree in Textile Engineering (concentration in Polymer Engineering) from the same university. His research interest is focused on development of functional materials and fabrication processes of printing devices for wireless communication and smart sensing applications. Hasan is a confounder of the startup spun-out from NC State University called “FuxionWear”, which is leveraging the automation process in manufacturing textile electronics. He has also worked at a previous nanotechnology-based start-up in process development and at a multibillion-dollar filter company on an internet of things application for sensing in gas filtration for his summer internship. 

  • Sam Shames

    Co-Founder Embr Labs

    Sam Shames is the co-founder of Embr Labs. Sam co-founded Embr while studying at MIT and has been full-time with the company since completing his degree in materials science and engineering in 2014. As a co-founder, he has been involved in all aspects of the business from research and development, to engineering and manufacturing, and marketing and sales.

  • Julie Sylvester

    Producer Living in Digital Times

    Julie Sylvester, New York, NY --As the founding producer of the CES FitnessTech Summit, Julie has over the past six years become a torchbearer for the FitnessTech world.  Establishing the summit as the industry was in its infancy, she has guided it as fitness technology has become pervasive in our everyday world. This year the FitnessTech Summit is twenty six times as large as the year it was introduced. Along the way, Julie has become a spearhead and conduit not only for the FitnessTech world, but now the emerging Wearable Tech industry as well which took its foothold in fitness. Asked to share her experience and insight from Wall Street seminars to various events and conferences around the country, Julie is proud to have stayed at the forefront of both the Fitness and Wearable Tech industries as they continue to exponentially evolve.

    Prior to her involvement in the world of technology, Julie’s universe was theater. Many years an actress, then a theater company manager, finally she and her husband formed their own New York production company, Julie & Friends/Akiz Productions which produced not only theater but private and corporate events. It is with these skills that she has definitely made a smooth transition into the universe of tech. When she finds the time, Julie keeps her hand in theater, as a former board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women she continues to work with them in their pursuit of parity.

  • Colin Touhey

    CEO and Co-Founder Pvilion

    Colin Touhey is CEO and Co-Founder of Pvilion. Pvilion is a developer of solar-powered fabric located in Brooklyn, NY with a commitment to high tech photovoltaic fabric design. Pvilion's innovative solar powered designs are at the forefront of lightweight, sustainable consumer, industrial, mililitary, and architechtural products. Pvilion’s projects provide more than just solar electricity - they are a green solution with a story to tell. Pvilion often works with forward-thinking and environmentally-conscious companies who are trying to extend their sustainable initiatives.

    Before starting Pvilion, Mr. Touhey worked as a, engineer in the wind and ocean current energy industry designing and developing unique technologies for turbine controls. In 2009, he gained experience in solar fabric as a engineer for FTL Solar, a predecessor to Pvilion. There he met Pvilion Co-Founders, Robert Lerner and Todd Dalland, which led to the development of Pvilion as a technology company. 

    Mr. Touhey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is as adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a visiting lecturer at Cornell University College of Architecture. Recipient of Grant funding from NASA, Department of Defense, NYSERDA and recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Mr. Touhey is often called on to share his expertise in the integration of flexible solar cells and textiles with Industry Leaders, Designers, International Brands, Universities, and Research Facilities.

  • Femka Van Buuren

    Founder TechNoirLab.com

    Femka has spent the last seven years cultivating her Fashion career around the world while living in Tokyo, Paris, London, Montreal, Toronto, and New York. She is a Fashion Design Graduate of The Prestigious Parsons School of Design in NYC, Central Saint Martins in London, as well as Chambre du Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. While earning her Fashion stripes designing for the top Fashion Houses in The World, Van Buuren, was also mentored by Fashion Photographer and Videographer Icon, Nick Knight of SHOWstudio. As a visionary with the profound ability to analyze and predict the future and trends, she has become a Fashion Technology influencer after launching her first Fashion Tech Lab in 2016, with the second opening in Paris in late 2018 as well as her first, Fashion Tech StreetWear Line. "Tech Noir Lab, A Pioneer In Wearable Technology" -Italian Vogue September 2017. 

  • Davide Vigano

    Co-Founder and CEO Sensoria Inc

    Davide Vigano is cofounder and CEO of Sensoria Inc. Sensoria designs, develops and produces bio-sensing wearable garments. The vision of the company is that the Garment itself will become the next ultra-personal, mobile computer.

    Davide is a former Microsoft partner level executive with over 25 years of sales, marketing and extensive product management experience. As an intern he started the international localization group for MacWorks and MacOffice in 1987. More recently, he served as General Manager of the Health Solutions Group where he was in charge of marketing and product strategy for both HealthVault and the Amalga product line. He acted as Vice President of the Worldwide SMSP Medium Business division which he grew 18% YOY to over $14B.

    Davide also managed the Italian Marketing, Business and Enterprise operations for five years and brought it to number one in the world for contribution margin, 6th largest Microsoft subsidiary in the world by revenues.

  • Steven Webster

    CEO Asensei

    In-between captaining, competing and coaching Edinburgh University Karate Club, Steven graduated in Computer Science and Electronics. A 4th-degree black belt, he proceeded to coach for Edinburgh during the most successful period of the club’s history – coaching several hundred students, awarding over 20 black belts and winning 10 consecutive national championships. Winner of PWC Coach of the Year award, Steven funded his sports coaching as a full-time hardware and software engineer. Selling his first startup to Adobe in 2005, Steven built a global consulting team winning awards with clients including Nike, NFL and BBC. In 2012 Microsoft asked him to create a new innovation group working with products like Cortana and Kinect to craft new digital experiences for events including London 2012 Olympics and Rio World Cup. Convinced technology has evolved to enable a new category he calls “Connected Coaching,” Steven left Microsoft in 2014 to start sensei.

  • Dr. Patricia Wilson

    President and Principal Fabric Works

    Dr. Wilson is a materials scientist with fifteen years of industrial research experience in the development, characterization and application of materials in complicated systems. Previous to founding Fabric Works in 2005, Dr. Wilson was Principal Scientist in the Electronic & Biomedical Materials & Systems Division of Foster-Miller, Inc.   Dr. Wilson had a broad range of experience at Foster-Miller, often serving as the technology integrator on multidisciplinary programs.  A common theme among the programs she managed at Foster-Miller are those that combine materials science and optical or electro-optic devices in wearable systems such as physiological monitoring systems, short range communication harnesses, and on-the-body devices.

     

    Between 1998 and 2005 she was the lead technologist developing a business area in electronic textiles.  Her past and present work investigates how to use common conductive textile materials and techniques to build integrated networks, antenna systems and higher-level input-output devices. Through numerous military and commercial product launches she has become known as a leader in this emerging field.  Most recently she edited the first technical book on electronic textiles and is served as a technical advisor to an exhibit entitled “Extreme Textiles: Designing for Performance” which debuted at the Smithsonian in April of 2005.  Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan and her B.S. in materials science and engineering from M.I.T. 

    Highlights of Dr. Wilson's developments in Smart Textiles or E-Textiles for wearables include:

    • §  Technical Leader for Soldier System IPT for the Objective Force Warrior Program, Phase I, Eagle Team (September 2002 - May 2003).  Coordinated technology integration of over 50 people across 14 organizations in 16 disciplines, resulting in the award of $100 million Phase II contract to Eagle Team.  Team conceptualized and produced prototypes of new soldier combat uniform – 4 prototypes produced in 8 months.  Final ensemble design won Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) 2003 International Award for Excellence.
    • §  Developed and grew Electronic Textiles Team from initial contract to team with over $5 million in R&D contracts. 
    • §  Technical lead on entire development phase of Malden Heat Blanket, the first E-textile consumer product to market.  Product concept to market took 22 months.
    • §  Participated on team to develop Northface MET5 Jacket for Malden Mills.
    • §  Principal Investigator, Narrow Fabric Cable Development.  Conceptualized and prototyped narrow fabric USB cables, leading to $3 million in additional government programs, a patent, and the invitation to participate in the Objective Force Warrior program.
    • §  Principal Investigator, Body-Borne Textile Antenna Development. Led collaboration of Foster-Miller team with BAE Systems antenna specialists.
    • •     A Phase I and Phase II SBIR effort to develop a Integrated Tactile Transduction       Garment for In-Flight Spatial Orientation which incorporates wearable sensors.
    • •           The design and manufacture of an ergonomic wearable computer vest for a commercial company for use by the U.S. Post Office.
    • •           Serving as the product development team for Malden Mills to develop high-value added products for commercial introduction in both the home good and sportswear market.

    Previous to focusing on wearable systems, Dr. Wilson served as a technology incubator in the Emerging Technologies branch at Foster-Miller.  There she was responsible for identifying new fields of nanotechologies and how they could be applied to solve problems in the military, commercial product, and medical fields.  She was instrumental in bringing in and building the current areas in nanotubes, nanoclays, self-assembled polymeric coatings, and dendrimers.

    Dr. Wilson was the lead materials scientist within Foster-Miller on photopolymer/liquid-crystal composites for holographic recording.  She has also been involved at Foster-Miller with both management and technical effort for development of bio-engineered molecularly oriented optical devices (using bacteriorhodopsin), for development of electroluminescent polymeric materials for electronic displays, and for improved transparency materials for barrier packaging of electronic displays.

    Dr. Wilson formed Fabric Works in 2005 with an interest in applying her knowledge of wearable systems to commercial product design.  Since founding Fabric Works, she has built a stable of clients in the medical and commercial products industries.

     

  • Clint Zeagler

    Research Scientist II Georgia Tech

    While teaching textiles and fashion design studio classes at Savannah College of Art & Design, Zeagler realized his true passion lies in bridging the gap between the disciplines of Wearable design (such as fashion) and Human Centered Computing. A diverse background in fashion (MA Fashion Domus Academy, Milan), industrial design and textiles (BS Industrial Design Georgia Tech, Minor in Textile Manufacturing Georgia Tech, Atlanta) drives his research on electronic textiles and on-body interfaces with the Contextual Computing Group of the GVU center of Georgia Tech. As a Research Scientist II for the Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center and as an Instructor, he teaches courses on Wearable Product Design and Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (MUC).  Zeagler enjoys working with corporations such as HP/Palm, Google, and even the Atlanta Braves to bring real world experience into the classroom. His ongoing relationship with the NASA Georgia Space Grant Consortium to funds MUC student projects on wearable computing for space—a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students. A deep understanding of the garment production process fosters innovation in his research. Zeagler’s company Pecan Pie Couture hand dyed, embroidered, and screen-printed textiles and garments. Building upon that skillset, his research led to the creation of the Electronic Textile Interface Swatch Book (ESwatchBook) in collaboration with Thad Starner. The ESwatchBook is designed to help facilitate discussions between the skill and craft-based design disciplines (.i.e. fashion) and more technical disciplines (.i.e. computer science). To put the ESwatchBook’s capabilities to the test, he developed a series of workshops at multiple colleges with the purpose of bringing together designers with engineers / technology specialists. The workshops were funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which he co-authored. Zeagler’s most recent endeavor FIDO: Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations is an exploration into using wearable electronics to enhance interactions between service dogs and their handler/owners.  If you are interested in wearable technology be sure to download Zeagler’s e-book Meeting The Challenge: The Path Towards A Consumer Wearable Computer.