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Smart Fabrics Summit MC:

Dr. Amanda Mills

Senior Design Project Coordinator & NEXT Fusion Designer | NC State University
Dr. Amanda C. Mills is a fusion designer and project coordinator in the Nano-EXtended Textiles (NEXT) research group in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University. Her focus is on developing innovative methods for electronics integration into textiles. She creates full system demonstration platforms to examine the impact of the textile on the device and vice versa. For example, this has included system level electronic designs and knit structure designs for human energy harvesting and physiological sensing.
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Dr. Jan Beringer

Senior Scientific Expert | Hohenstein Institute America
Dr. Jan Beringer serves as the Senior Scientific Expert for Hohenstein. In this role, he uses an interdisciplinary approach to lead the development of clothing physiology, fit and workmanship of garments, functionalization of fabrics, textile UV protection and textile reprocessing. He has extensive knowledge in textile and fiber chemistry, functionalization, nanotechnology, coating and finishing and clothing physiology.

Prior to becoming Senior Scientific Expert in 2015, Dr. Beringer began his career as Head of the Competence Center Innovative Textiles at Hohenstein. From 2009 to 2015 he was the Head of Research and Development of the Department of Function and Care at Hohenstein, specializing in research and testing in the field. Dr. Beringer holds a Doctorate in Natural Sciences in Chemistry with a focus on Textile and Fiber Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart.
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Harish Chander

Associate Professor | Mississippi State University
Harish Chander, PhD is an associate professor of biomechanics and the co-director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University. Dr. Chander’s research, centers on the application of principles of biomechanics, neuromechanics, and ergonomics for injury prevention. His research focuses on human factors, athletics, clinical and daily living populations, with special emphasis in postural stability, gait, slips, trips, falls, and fall prevention in the workplace for injuries minimization and safety promotion.
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Adam Curry

Innovation Ecosystem Director | Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)
Adam Curry is the ASSIST Center’s Innovation Ecosystem Director. Adam has worked extensively with internal and external stakeholders to develop technologies and drive them to market. Adam joined ASSIST in 2018 after 11 years developing medical technologies at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a Fortune 500 medical technology company. Among other achievements, Adam developed a real-time pathogen detection instrument that has since been commercialized, and he developed technologies that enabled a point-of-care diagnostic for Flu and SARS-CoV-2 detection. As ASSIST's Innovation Ecosystem Director, Adam works with academic researchers, entrepreneurs, and global companies to nurture new technologies and move them toward commercialization. Over the past 2 years, Adam has enabled over $1M in external research funding and the transfer of ASSIST technologies to three spinout companies (Olftech, ClearSens, and NEXT Systems).
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Michelle Farrington

VP of Strategic Growth, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
Michelle Farrington is Vice President of Strategic Growth at AFFOA. Prior to joining AFFOA, Michelle was employed by Analog Devices for 24 years, where she worked on commercializing new technologies including MEMS inertial sensors, energy harvesting and e-textiles. She has held roles in manufacturing, product and technology development and business strategy. Michelle also started the e-textile technology development program at ADI.
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Charles Freeman

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Retail and Cotton Product Development | Mississippi State University
Dr. Charles Freeman is an associate professor and director of the Center for Retail and Cotton Product Development. Currently, Dr. Freeman works with the Athlete Engineering program on new material application for stretch sensors to monitor and evaluate health, safety, and performance of high-risk occupations. His main research focuses on the assessments and new prototype development of personal flotation devices (PFD) for use in commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. His projects have supported interdisciplinary graduate student research from the fields of Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Clothing and Textiles. Prior research areas of interest have focused on product development and innovation specifically around new textile innovations and product design.
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Erin Parker

Graduate Research Assistant | Athlete Engineering, Mississippi State University
Erin works as a Graduate Research Assistant at Mississippi State University, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. She received two undergraduate degrees, a BS degree in Computer Engineering and a BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising, both from Mississippi State University. Over the past two years, Erin has worked as a member of MSU’s Athlete Engineering team, developing new wearable technology products and investigating standardization and test methods of E-Textiles and wearables.
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David Saucier

Research Engineer | Human Factors and Athlete Engineering, Mississippi State University
David Saucier is a Research Engineer for the Human Factors and Athlete Engineering Department at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. He received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University. He assists with planning, design, implementation, and data analysis for multiple studies validating stretch sensor technology as a means for collecting motion data in comparison to gold standard technology. He is also the lab lead for the Human Performance Lab and assists students and other researchers with training on the motion capture system as well as study design.
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Dr. George Sun

CEO & Founder, Nextiles, Inc.
George is the founder and CEO of Nextiles. George studied at Berkeley where he received his Bachelor’s in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He went on to complete his PhD in Biological Engineering at MIT. While at MIT, George was recruited to lead Puma’s Embedded Engineering team where he applied his materials science knowledge with his electrical engineering expertise to optimize footwear projects in the Puma innovation lab. After seeing shortcomings from wearable technology during his time at Puma, George set out to reinvent the industry — from the ground up with fabric. George spun out Nextiles from MIT after being awarded three patents around the domain of fabric-based sensors.