COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH ADVANCED FABRICS

NuVu Studio, a full-time innovation school for middle and high school students based in Cambridge, MA,
approaches high school education in a creative and collaborative way. While at NuVu, students learn
how to solve open-ended problems through design and fabrication of real world products using digital
fabrication equipment such as laser cutters and 3D printers.

Community Engagement Through Advanced Textiles

IPC E-Textiles 2018

Registration is now open!

Mark your calendar for September 13, 2018. IPC E-Textiles 2018 will bring together the e-textiles supply chain for a full day of technical presentations, hands-on product demonstrations and networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with innovators from the e-textiles community.

Registration Now Open: IPC E-Textiles 2018

Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program

If you have an idea on an innovative advanced fabric product or service that can form the basis of a great company, you should apply for the Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP)! AFFOA has partnered with MIT-Venture Mentoring Service (MIT-VMS) to launch a year-long pre-commercial part time program for entrepreneurs with a passion for advanced fabrics. The program supports entrepreneurs by providing access to a wide variety of resources aimed at building commercial value: access to the advanced fabric ecosystem, experienced mentors, technical knowledge, prototypes, customer insights, team building, and other resources all aligned to prepare you to launch your company.

Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program

Lincoln Laboratory celebrates opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

In a small industrial building at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a 20-foot fiber draw tower is steadily pulling a strand of plastic and winding it around a large spool. To the untrained eye, it looks like an ordinary thread, but the fibers made at Lincoln Laboratory’s newly opened Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) are anything but ordinary. The end-to-end prototyping facility is equipped to design and produce fabrics that can change color, store energy, emit and detect light, monitor health, or facilitate communication.

Lincoln Laboratory celebrates opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

DREXEL AIMS TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA’S STANCE IN COATED FABRICS MARKET

The Philadelphia-based Drexel University has recently partnered with the DoD-supported AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America), and will be collectively establishing a statewide center to help entrepreneurs and private companies to transform their textile concepts from prototype to product.

Drexel Aims to Strengthen America's Stance in Coated Fabrics Market

Drexel to Host Pennsylvania’s Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

The Department of Defense’s effo
rt to bring America to the forefront of textile technology manufacturing and innovation is gaining a strategic foothold in the region. Drexel University, in collaboration with DoD-supported Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is establishing a statewide center that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product and prepare America’s workforce for the quality jobs this growing sector is generating.

Drexel to Host Pennsylvania's Center For Advanced Fabric Manufacturing Innovation

The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics

Cher Horowitz’s closet from the film “Clueless” had a futuristic computer system that helped her put together outfits. Back in 1995, the concept teased what it might be like to get dressed in the future.

The future of getting dressed: AI, VR and smart fabrics

Defense Fabric Discovery Center established to develop smart textiles

At the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), engineers develop advanced fiber technologies for a range of applications for national security. The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment for functional fiber and fabric design, fiber device drawing, textile production, and system integration in order to create textiles with sensing capabilities.

Defense Fabric Discovery Center established to develop smart textiles

Textile Industry Is Alive And Well

A common perception, even by some here in the Upstate, is that textile manufacturing is virtually gone in the U.S. When I encounter folks with this ill-informed notion, I’m more than happy to do my part to try to change their minds.

Years of negative headlines around layoffs, closings, and contraction no doubt etched that image into the minds of the general populace, particularly here in the heart of “Textile Country.” I had a front-row seat for the industry’s collapse, having written those headlines for more than a dozen years for another textile trade publication. Even before NAFTA was passed in 1993, the industry was beginning to see cracks in the powerful structure it had built and thrived in for many decades.

Textile Industry Is Alive And Well

Future Textile Awards: winners revisited

Earlier this year, pioneering developments in the technical textiles industry were
recognised at the Future Textiles Awards. We speak to some of the winners to see what
further progress they have made

Future Textile Awards: winners revisited

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

Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

A team of UMass Lowell researchers has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures across the country, including buildings and skyscrapers, roadways, bridges, tunnels, railway tracks, dams and pipelines.

Researchers to Develop Sensing Fabrics for Monitoring Civil Infrastructures

Back to school special Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics.

As part of this year’s freshman orientation at MIT, new students encountered the typical lineup of takeaways: booklets and brochures, a list of 101 things to do before they graduate, lots of T-shirts, pens, etc. For the first time, however, they were also given a completely new version of the old campus staple: the backpack.

Back to school special : Members of MIT’s class of 2021 get a free backpack — and a glimpse at the future of “smart” fabrics

MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

Members of the Class of 2021 received a surprise gift upon checking in to MIT — a backpack that, when scanned with a smartphone, can display the profile its wearer uploaded. The fiber technology used in the backpack was developed for mass production earlier this year by MIT-based Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a consortium of companies, universities, research organizations, and non-profits dedicated to fiber and textile innovation.

MIT Freshmen Receive AFFOA-Devleoped Smart Backpacks

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear

The inspiration for WiseWear was my grandfather Dominic Cameratta. He suffered from a condition called Lewy Body Dementia, which is a cross between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. His symptoms included memory issues and changes in gait and balance issues.

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started: Jerry Wilmink, CEO of WiseWear

Rob DeMartini

Rob DeMartini

Rob joined USA Cycling in February 2019, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background as well as strong business-building experience across various industries. A passionate athlete and cycling enthusiast, Rob was drawn to the opportunity to lead USA Cycling after recognizing the potential for the organization to take on a larger leadership role in the cycling industry.

Rob went to USA Cycling after spending 12 years as President and CEO of New Balance where under his leadership, New Balance doubled its global annual sales to reach $4.2B and achieved one of the highest growth rates in the athletic footwear and apparel industry. Prior to joining New Balance, his career at Procter & Gamble spanned 20 years, beginning in their Food & Beverage Division and including management roles with the Gillette Company, North American Snacks, and Millstone Coffee.

Rob is the past Chairman of The American Apparel & Footwear Association and is a current board member of The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a nonprofit spinoff from MIT, focused on accelerating innovation in the apparel industry. He is also a board member of Welch Foods, a Farmer Owned Cooperative and Aloha Foods.

Rob earned his B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. He resides with his Wife in Park City, Utah.

Ira Moskowitz

Ira Moskowitz

Ira Moskowitz is the CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). The ARM Institute is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, the organization accelerates transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University as an independent non-profit funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA® network.

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Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Brad Smith has more than 27 years of experience leading business and financial operations for public and private companies in the biotechnology and healthcare industry. During his career, he has been instrumental in raising more than $450 million in private and public equity and debt financing, has played a key role in business development and strategic planning functions and has successfully guided three companies through the initial public offering process. Prior to joining Homology, Mr. Smith served as Chief Financial Officer of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., where he led the company’s strategic financings, including an initial public offering and subsequent follow-on offerings, and completed a development and commercialization deal with a major biopharmaceutical company. Previously, Mr. Smith served as CFO of five other companies, including OmniGuide Surgical, NeuroMetrix, Inc., SYNARC, PatientKeeper, Inc. and Focal, Inc. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Whittemore School at the University of New Hampshire, and he became a Certified Public Accountant while working at Coopers & Lybrand.

Ray Stata

Ray Stata

Ray Stata was a cofounder of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in 1965 and served as CEO and Chairman until 1996. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. With sales of $3.4B, ADI is recognized for leadership in the design and manufacture of analog and digital signal processing semiconductors. Mr. Stata has been active as an investor in and board member of more than 40 early stage technology based new ventures.

Mr. Stata, class of ’57, holds a BSEE and MSEE from MIT. Until 2010 he served for many years as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and as a member of MIT’s Executive Committee and the MIT Corporation. He also served on the visiting committees for Sponsored Research and for Linguistics and Philosophy. He is presently a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Council. He is also engaged in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service which advises students and faculty who wish to become entrepreneurs.