Hacking the Human Element

Bringing together practitioners, technologists,
developers, academia, industry partners and
the military to build and demonstrate product
prototypes that incorporating wearable
technologies to enhance operator performance
in austere environments.

Hacking the Human Element

Grand Opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

Founded as a partnership between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the
U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts, and the Advanced Functional Fabrics of
America (AFFOA), the DFDC houses a state-of-the-art end-toend
prototyping facility with capabilities spanning functional fiber
and fabric design, fiber device drawing, textile production, and
system integration.

Grand Opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

One small town sock maker’s fight to keep jobs and make it in a different America

FORT PAYNE, Ala. – If you go back roughly 15 years, there was a good chance the socks on your feet were made by an American worker in this mountainous pocket of northeast Alabama. During the peak of America’s hosiery industry through the 1990s, roughly 7,800 people worked at one of 150 sock mills in Fort Payne, known as the “Sock Capital of the World.” Mills dotted Airport Road. “It was just constant traffic. I remember that as a kid, and it was great energy,” said Gina Locklear, a local entrepreneur. “It’s changed now.”

One small town sock maker’s fight to keep jobs and make it in a different America

How an advanced fiber backpack just might unlock the future of US jobs

One of the first things you pick up about Yoel Fink at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is he’s a super smart science guy. An expert in materials science and electrical engineering, he holds more than 50 issued U.S. patents on multi-material fibers and devices. He was an undergraduate at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, a research university in Haifa, Israel. He landed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his Ph.D. where he studied materials and became fascinated by fibers.

How an advanced fiber backpack just might unlock the future of US jobs

IPC to Host Free Webinar on New E-Textiles Standard Activity

Does your company manufacture or purchase e-textiles materials for use in your products? If so, you will want to attend a free IPC webinar on a new standard being developed by the IPC E-Textiles Materials Subcommittee.

IPC to Host Free Webinar on New E-Textiles Standard Activity

Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects

The Baker Administration has awarded $7 million in funding to help support seven advanced manufacturing projects across the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash made the announcement Friday at UMass Amherst.

Baker announces $7M for manufacturing projects

Here’s How UK is Making Kentucky a World Leader in Manufacturing

Manufacturing Day℠, which occurs on the first Friday in October, is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. As the University of Kentucky joins participating manufacturing industries and academic institutions in this year’s observance, UK is proud to share how the College of Engineering is embarking on a strategy for growth to better serve industry, the state economy and the citizens of Kentucky.

Here's How UK is Making Kentucky a World Leader in Manufacturing

Drexel gives freshman ‘smart’ backpacks

Incoming freshmen received a “Welcome Week” treat during move-in weekend — a smart backpack that hasn’t hit the shelves yet.

About 2,500 of these backpack were given away to new students at the Daskalakis Athletic Center Sept. 16-17.

While these backpacks look like common vessels used to transport books, laptops and papers from class to class, they are unique. A coding system is woven into the plaid stripes on the backpacks and when scanned by a smartphone, the owner’s information is displayed by an app. The owner can choose to share their social media links, or even their favorite song.

Drexel gives freshman ‘smart’ backpacks