AFFOA Board of Directors Announces Appointment of Dr. Alexander Stolyarov as CEO
CAMBRDIGE, MA, ISSUED MAY 12, 2020. The Board of Directors of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (AFFOA) are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov has been elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of AFFOA as well as a member of the Board of Directors. AFFOA, a Cambridge based not-for-profit corporation specializes in advanced fiber & fabric technology and manufacturing innovation. General Paul Kern, the Chairman of the Board, states “Sasha has impressed me and the AFFOA Board with his technical leadership, his caring attitude for AFFOA personnel, his outreach to members, and his strategic perspective”.
Dr. Stolyarov was previously the interim CEO of AFFOA. Prior to AFFOA, he was an Assistant Group Leader in the Advanced Technology Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) where his work focused on developing and transitioning next generation fiber devices into integrated systems and establishing the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), an advanced fiber technology prototyping facility. As part of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stolyarov led AFFOA in its response to the crisis as a critical member on the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team, helping manufactures pivot to produce PPE, building new domestic supply chains, and organizing a distributed testing infrastructure in collaboration with MIT, MIT LL and UMass Lowell, which enabled rapid evaluation of PPE for the Commonwealth and manufacturers across the country.
Dr. Stolyarov conducted his graduate and postdoctoral training at MIT under Professor Yoel Fink, Professor of Materials Science and founder of AFFOA, where he developed advanced fiber fabrication capabilities. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Stolyarov has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds four US patents in the emerging field of advanced functional fibers. For his contributions in nucleating and growing advanced fiber technology as a core capability at MIT LL, Sasha received the 2017 MIT LL Early Career Technical Achievement Award, a recognition of significant technical contributions by individuals under the age of 35.
Natasha Spackey, Sr. Director Business Development
AFFOA is a non-profit, public-private partnership founded in 2016 as one of the DoD funded Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, AFFOA’s mission is to rekindle the textiles industry by leading a nationwide enterprise for advanced fiber & fabric technology and manufacturing innovation, enabling revolutionary new system capabilities for commercial and defense applications. To catalyze the development of advanced functional fibers and strengthen the domestic textile industrial base, AFFOA has assembled a Fabric Innovation Network (FIN) made up of 120+ member organizations including startups, universities, manufacturers, commercial industry and defense partners to bring advanced fiber technologies to market. For more information visit www.affoa.org or tweet @AFFOA_RFT