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.