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CLOSING KEYNOTE: Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov

CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov is the CEO of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA Institute, with a mission to develop revolutionary advanced fiber and fabric system capabilities for commercial and national security applications.

In 2017, Sasha spearheaded the founding of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), a joint enterprise between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and AFFOA focused on developing advanced fiber systems for critical defense problems.

Sasha conducted his graduate and postdoctoral training at MIT, focusing on developing advanced fabrication capabilities for multimaterial fiber devices and systems, including fiber-based chemical sensors, electro-optic modulators, multi-modal waveguides, and opto-fluidic systems. He has coauthored 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 US patents in this emerging field. Sasha earned a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2012 and a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005.
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Chris Jorgensen

Director Technology Transfer, IPC
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 include the IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee, IPC D-70-INT-EU E-Textiles Committee in Europe and IPC D-60 Printed Electronics Committee.

Chris also represents IPC as a member of AFFOA – Advanced Functional Fabrics of America and NextFlex–America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute, for which he is a co-lead 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.
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David Stieren

Division Chief for Extension Services at NIST MEP
David Stieren is the Division Chief for Extension Services at NIST MEP. He oversees a division that works with MEP Centers, U.S. manufacturers, NIST Laboratories, other government agencies, and other stakeholders to develop and deploy approaches that are used by the National Network of MEP Centers to provide extension services to U.S. manufacturers. The NIST MEP Extension Services Division focus is the provision of National-level guidance and resources to MEP Centers as they provide technical and business assistance to U.S. manufacturers to help them grow and compete in the global marketplace.

Mr. Stieren is a mechanical engineer who has been at NIST MEP since 2007. Prior to joining NIST MEP, he served for approximately 20 years in the NIST Laboratories as a research engineer, project manager, and program manager. Mr. Stieren has experience working with the manufacturing technologies, processes, systems, and supply chains operating in many industries of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Mr. Stieren’s professional experience has included details on the staff of the NIST Director and the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon, as well as details at both the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Stieren served for over 5 years as the NIST MEP principal for a broad partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation that leveraged the MEP National Network to improve and increase U.S. manufacturer participation in U.S. transportation-related supply chains. He has also served as Executive Secretary of the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing R&D, and he represents NIST MEP in ongoing interagency initiatives focused on U.S. manufacturing supply chains.
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Jacqueline Campbell

Senior Textile Technologist, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, CPSC
Jacqueline Campbell has been at the CPSC for over 10 years, working on consumer product safety issues related to textile flammability, organohalogen flame retardants in electronics, and emerging technologies as well as agency efforts on testing and certification for regulated products, including efforts to minimize testing burdens. From 2015 to 2017, Jacqueline served as Senior Science and Policy Advisor to former CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye. Prior to joining the CPSC, Jacqueline managed the Fiber Quality Evaluation Laboratory, a fiber-to-finished fabric characterization laboratory at the USDA Southern Regional Research Center. Jacqueline received a B.S. and M.S. in Textile Science from the University of Georgia.
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Jesse S. Jur

North Carolina State University; Department and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
Dr. Jesse Jur is an Associate Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science at NC State University's Wilson College of Textiles, the global leader in textile education and research. Having undertaken his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, and then spending three years in Silicon Valley, he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at N.C. State. Dr. Jur has spent his career researching the interfaces of technologies: from semiconductor device development to textile designs. His research focuses on integration of systems electronics into wearable platforms for energy harvesting, monitoring of a person's physiological state, and improving user’s comfort.  He is the Technology Thrust Leader for ‘Wearability and Data’ for ASSIST (Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies), a National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC).  He is also the co-director of the Textile Engineering and Textile Technology Engineering Design Program in the Wilson College of Textiles, an intensive course that interfaces students and industry for innovative product development.
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Jordan Schindler

Founder/CEO, Nufabrx
Jordan founded Nufabrx, an innovative technology company focused on controlled delivery of active ingredients (vitamin, supplement, medication) through clothing; Jordan has spent the past 7 years developing proprietary technologies with chemists that allows active pain ingredients (Capsaicin, CBD, etc.) to be embedded into yarn; effective delivery lasts through numerous wash cycles.

Jordan developed products from conception to sales, including receipt of a million dollar Department of Defense and Massachusetts Institute of Technology University (MIT) Grant. Published in numerous articles from Forbes, to Golf Week and Textile World; featured speaker at Techtextil, WTIN and the Southeast Defense Summit. Sole inventor on provisional U.S patent no. 61/566,707 - incorporation of oils into textiles. Co-Inventor on Issued US Patent 9,669,012.
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Paige Mullis

Director, Concept Development | Advanced Projects, Glen Raven, Inc.
Paige Mullis is Director of Concept Development at Glen Raven, Inc. With a focus on innovation and advanced projects, Paige is founder of Glen Raven’s Concept Group, the global resource for activating the next great idea. By bringing people, cultures and new ideas together her team has built an innovation ecosystem that seeds new business opportunities and enhances Glen Raven’s brand value and partner engagement. The group consists of the Concept Galleries, Concept Lab and Concept Studio all of which serve to elevate idea flow and enhance and develop Glen Raven’s inventive culture worldwide. Paige is also founding administrator of Glen Raven’s internal start-up incubator, an on-going innovation curator and is an active board member of the Advanced Textiles Products division of IFAI. She is a strong advocate for the arts as a cornerstone to economic growth and served several years on the board of trustees for Greensboro Ballet in North Carolina. She’s an explorer and adventurer in life which she shares with her husband, three daughters and dog Louie.
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Seth Casden

CEO & Co-Founder, Hologenix, inventors of Celliant®
Seth Casden is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hologenix, LLC, inventors of Celliant® technology, a blend of natural, thermo-reactive minerals that transforms the body's heat into infrared energy, resulting in stronger performance, faster recovery and better sleep. Seth's experience as a wellness entrepreneur is informed by a background in business administration, his work in private equity, his oversight of over ten clinical trials involving Celliant, and a lifetime of being an athlete.
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Stephanie Rodgers

Director of Advanced Product Development, Apex Mills
Stephanie Rodgers has been at the forefront of textile and component product engineering and development for the automotive sector with General Motors, Magna International, Fisker Automotive and newly emerging electric vehicle companies for the majority of her career. She also was the first textile engineer at Microsoft Corporation as an XBOX and SURFACE materials engineers to design and develop with textiles. Receiving a Microsoft applied US Patent in integrated electronic textile and for developing a user attachment for handicapped XBOX players.

She has been putting her Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University to work for 30 years. In addition to traveling the global textile community, she has lectured about textiles to design and engineering students of all disciplines. She currently works as the Director of Advanced Product Development for Apex Mills using yarn as a vehicle for innovation. Additionally, she is an advisory panel member of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Institute and co-chairs the IPC D 70 standards and program committees developing the first industry consensus standard for e-textiles materials, applications and requirements.