Jon Behm (Cardinal Health, Inc.)
“The Great Race-How to Traverse the Road Map of Accreditation for Medical Devices”
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing: Environmental Technologies and Patient
Medical Segment. As part of the Cardinal Health Global Sourcing team, Jon’s role is focused on leveraging the scale of the Medical Segment to drive lower product and supply chain costs and managing suppliers for the Environmental Technologies and Patient Care categories.
Richard Berry, Ph.D. (FPInnovations)
“Nanocellulose and Its Potential Uses in Nonwoven Products”
David Brooks (ACF Environmental)
“Nonwoven Geotextiles: Applications & Performance Requirements for Today and Tomorrow”
President of ACF Environmental; for past 10 years,
BS in Chemical Engineering at University of Pennsylvania
MBA Temple University
ACF Environmental is the leading supplier of geosynthetic solutions for the
civil construction market with 14 locations covering the eastern US, ACF was
founded in 1984 with a focus on geotextiles for ground stabilization, drainage,
erosion control and pavement overlays. We offer a complete range of products
and services that improve our roads and waterways while protecting our environment.
Mike Budai (ITW Dynatec)
“Efficiency in Developing Fine Fibers for Filtration Layers”
Business management-Bowling Green State University. Worked with Teledyne Corporation
developing several patents on Hydro-Pneumatic cylinder systems. Worked with Wright
Industries as a sales engineer developing proposals and ROI analysis for automated
assembly and process systems. Currently the coating and Laminating manager with
ITW Dynatec designing thermo-plastic polymer laydown systems for both coating
and laminating. Developing new technologies for fine fiber distribution. Currently
serves on the board of directors for INDA.
Gisela Buschle-Diller, Ph.D. (Auburn
“Biopolymers for Medical Applications”
Professional Experience - Auburn University
Professor, Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering 2007-present
Faculty Fellow Associate Director at the Biggio Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning 2009-present
Associate Professor, Department of Textile Engineering 1999-2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Textile Engineering 1995-1999
• Provost’s Award for Supporting Graduate Scholarship, 2011
• Outstanding Faculty Member in the Polymer and Fiber Engineering Department, 2006
• Walker Teaching Award, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, 2005
• Outstanding Faculty Member in the Textile Engineering Department, 2004
• National Textile Center Award for Scientific Excellence, 2002
• Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Research Award, 1998
Morris Collins (RKW North America)
“The Evolution of Roof Underlayments”
A Textile Engineer by training who has 28 years of experience in cast film,
blown film, weaving, quality control, and nonwovens production. He spent 8 years
as a production manager for Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Company, then 12 years as
a Research Engineer with Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Company and BP Fabrics and
Fibers Company. His background includes extensive work in process and product
development of microporous films as well as work on Amoco/BP’s proprietary nonwovens
process (RFX®) and cross-laminated, fibrillated film project, CLAF©. For
the last 9 years he has worked for RKW US, Inc. as the North American Sales and
Marketing person for Aptra® microporous film and RoofTopGuard© II synthetic
underlayment as well as other business units of RKW SE including agriculture,
packaging, hygiene, and medical in sales, marketing, and business development.
Dr. Condon earned his Bachelors and Doctorate degrees with high honor in Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Condon has
conducted research in the areas of surfactants and interfacial chemistry, textile
chemistry, textile process and product development and enzyme applications (including
the areas of detergents, textiles, biofuels, food and paper). It is for his work
in the area of environmentally friendly textile wet processes that Dr Condon
was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from President George
W. Bush. He now serves as Research Leader for the Cotton Chemistry and Utilization
Unit at the Southern Regional Research Center for the USDA-ARS in New Orleans.
Dr. Condon is active in the areas of cotton functional chemistries such as fire
resistance, enzymes, medical finishes and cotton nonwovens. Recently, Dr Condon
has spearheaded the design and installation of the and serves as the head of
the Cotton Nonwovens Research Laboratory at SRRC.
Dan Coughlin (Open Innovation, ITECS Innovative Consulting)
“Open Innovation Driven by Government Partnerships”
Director, Open Innovation, brings a wealth of new product development experience
to ITECS’ clients. In his years of working as an engineer at both GE and Sappi
Fine Paper, he was promoted from technical specialist to research director with
responsibilities for developing and launching new products and related technologies.
He is the recipient of several management and technical innovation awards and
served as the Nanotechnology Chair for the Agenda 2020 Program within the American
Forest & Paper Association. As an active industrial partner, Dan has worked
with the Department of Energy to support renewable energy and sustainability
projects within the paper industry. Dan has also been a supporting industrial
partner in several National Science Foundation projects with extensive experience
collaborating with universities. He has a BS and an MS in chemical engineering
from the University of Maine.
Tibor Duris (Preluna)
“A Unique and Sustainable Aqueous Liquid Superabsorbent System”
Tim Galekop (Ahlstrom)
“Update on Efforts to Harmonize US-EU Medical Drapes/ Gown Standards”
Gennaro Gama, Ph.D. (University of Georgia)
“Making Nonwoven Fabrics Permanently Germ-Free”
Gennaro Gama is a Senior Technology Manager at the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., the entity that holds title to all intellectual property developed at The University of Georgia. He completed his BSc in Chemistry at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in his native Brazil. He has a PhD (Chemistry) from Indiana University-Bloomington and post-doctoral training at Georgetown University and University of Pennsylvania.
He has been involved in technology management and licensing for 11 years, starting in 2000 at UPenn’s Center for Technology Transfer, where he managed Penn’s portfolio on nanotechnology. Currently, at UGARF, he manages intellectual property in the areas of physical sciences, biofuels, food safety, materials science, biotechnology, commodity chemicals software and copyrightable material. In this function he has negotiated over 100 license agreements, and a multitude of research agreements on behalf of The University of Georgia and the Research Foundation.
Hans Georg Geus (Reifenhauser
“Developments of Spunlaid Fabrics and Energy Savings of the Spunlaid Technology”
1988 Diploma in Cologne on University of applied science
1989 since then employee of Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co.
1994 Head of R&D
2006 Technical Director
Andrew Harrison (Idea Connection
“How to Make Innovation Happen”
As Communications Director and Consultant, Andrew Harrison is responsible for sharing Idea Connections Systems' programs on how to utilize the human element in Organizational Innovation and Community Transformation. He oversees all aspects of ICS' relationship management, marketing, media, and community activities.
Andrew comes to Idea Connection Systems with a unique background as a social
innovator. In 2004, he turned in his graduate degree and high paying sales job
to travel the country interviewing people about how they came to find passion
for their work and life. His study of the human element now spans over 150 interviews
with a diverse group of achievers and leaders.
Robina Hogan (United Soybean
“Fiber Development, Fiber Properties, Characteristics & Advantages of Soy-Based Fibers”
Ed Hudson (NAHB Research
“Trends & Opportunities for Nonwoven Fabrics in Residential Construction”
Ed Hudson is Director of the Market Research Division of the NAHB Research
Center, a fully-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders.
His staff conducts a wide array of both qualitative and quantitative marketing
research supporting the development and commercialization of new building products
and technologies. Ed has more than 20 years of experience in the new home construction
industry with more than 15 years in marketing research. His responsibilities
also include producing the Annual Builder and Consumer Practices Reports, which
provide detailed demand data for building materials purchases, including home
exterior and decking materials, for both new homes and remodeling. Ed has a MBA
from George Mason University. He has been with the Research Center since 1994
and is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as effective new
building product development, building industry trends, and the marketing of
green building materials.
Surendra Khambete, Ph.D. (Indratech
“Advanced Fiber Technologies : Markets and Opportunities”
President and CEO of Indratech LLC. Indratech is an advanced manufacturing firm that created Performance Fiber Systems™—a nontoxic, recyclable, lightweight, polyester-based material used in all cushion and acoustic applications as an alternative to foam. The market for Performance Fiber includes seating and bedding applications for the automotive, furniture, marine, medical and aerospace industries.
Dr. Khambete has extensive experience in technology mapping and strategic planning. He is presently active in the implementation of product development initiatives and streamlining concept-to-tooling processes.
Dr. Khambete is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University in
the Executive Doctoral program, at the Weatherhead School of Management. He is
a member of the Society of Plastic Engineering (SPE), the American Society of
Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the Strategic Manangement Society.
Elizabeth Loboa, Ph.D. (NCSU)
“The Use of Electrospun Nonwoven Fibers/Fabrics for Human Cell and Tissue Growth”
Dr. Elizabeth Loboa received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of California, Davis and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering and
Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from Stanford University. Upon completion
of her Ph.D. in 2002, Dr. Loboa worked as an Acting Assistant Professor at Stanford
prior to accepting a position as an Assistant Professor in 2003 in the Joint
Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and North Carolina State University. Simultaneously, she formed and began
serving as Director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory (http://www.bme.ncsu.edu/labs/cml)
at NC State. Research in her laboratory focuses on combined empirical and computational
approaches to quantitatively determine and deliver biomimetic mechanical, electrical,
and material stimuli to human stem cells for functional tissue engineering of
bone and cartilage. In particular, work in her laboratory focuses on finite element
analyses of in vivotissue regeneration in order to quantify and apply biomimetic
in vivo mechanical and material stimuli to human bone marrow derived mesenchymal
stem cells (hMSC) and human adipose derived stem cells (hASC) in 3D culture in
vitro. Mechanotransduction mechanisms associated with accelerated and increased
hMSC and hASCchondrogenic and osteogenic differentiation are also investigated.
Dr. Loboa is a member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International
Society, Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, Biomedical
Engineering Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Orthopaedic
Research Society. She has served as a reviewer for the Canada Foundation for
Innovation, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. Current
funding for her research is provided by the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center
(NC based industry cooperative) and the National Institutes of Health (both NIBIB
and NCRR Institutes). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments
of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH/NCSU and Materials Science and Engineering
at NCSU. She also holds adjunct faculty positions in the Departments of Fiber
and Polymer Science (NCSU), Physiology (NCSU), and Orthopaedics (UNC-CH). She
is an author on 6 book chapters, over 100 peer-reviewed conference proceedings,
and approximately 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Loboa is a recipient
of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award (2005), the Sigma Xi Faculty Research
Award (2009), the UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award (2009), and
was named in 2010 as a Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar.
Bernadene Magnuson, Ph.D (University
“The Safety of Nanomaterials Used in Nonwoven Medical & Hygiene Products”
Dr. Berna Magnuson studied food science and toxicology, and was a faculty member at the Universities of Idaho and Maryland before returning to Canada. She is in her fourth year as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Magnuson has worked as a consultant for about 5 years, providing regulatory
and toxicology expertise to industry, government and various associations. Recently,
her work has focused on safety assessments of nanomaterials for various applications.
Dr. Magnuson has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and professional articles, is on the editorial board of two journals, and is an active member of various professional associations. She was recently honored to become a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.
Tyson Marlowe (Cold Jet LLC)
“Cryogenically Cleaning Spinpacks”
Director of Global Training Service for Cold Jet, LLC. Cold Jet produces and distributes dry ice cleaning and dry ice production equipment. Tyson joined Cold Jet as the US West Coast & Mexico Regional Sales Manager when Cold Jet acquired his previous company, CAE Alpheus. While at CAE Alpheus, he worked as the Manager of New Business Development. His primary responsibilities included market research and analysis to identify equipment uses, companies, and industries as potential sales markets and new product development. For the past ten years he has been involved in researching, testing, and implementing dry ice cleaning in many different industries and has continued involvement in product development and improvement, as well as global business development. Additionally, Tyson has also had the opportunity to present the many applications of dry ice cleaning to various audiences and has spoken to and trained operator sand distributors in many venues around the world.
Joep Meijer (LCA Technical
Specialized Workshop 1: TURNING GREEN – Greener Product Development for the Nonwovens industry
Joep is an expert in quantifying environmental performance using life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment methodologies. Joep has performed LCAs for over 300 products, has worked for all major building materials and branch associations in Europe, and has developed tools for European DOT's for sustainable design and purchasing. He has nearly 15 years of experience providing LCA studies to manufacturers, material suppliers, individual producers, associations and standardization bodies in Europe and North America. Joep has drafted national standards for environmental product declarations (EPD) and has developed 25+ tools for specific sectors of industry. Joep is a graduate of the University of Nijmegen in environmental chemistry.
Sanjeev Naik, Ph.D. (Novomer)
“Properties of Sustainable CO2-based Polymers and Blends”
Manager of Polymer Technology development at Novomer and is working on exploring new applications for their CO2-based polymers. He has over 12 years of research and product development experience in polymeric materials, multiphase reaction systems and nanocomposites, with applications in packaging, automotive, and B&C industries.
Sanjeev led programs at W. R. Grace & Co. on the development new active and passive barrier materials for food and beverage packaging and was involved at G. E. Plastics in the re-engineering and optimization of polymerization and extrusion processes using Six Sigma and Robust Design principles. Prior to that, he co-invented two patented processes for enhanced silica dispersion in rubber compounds at Bridgestone.
Sanjeev’s Ph.D. as well as post-doctoral research focus was on kinetics, modeling,
reactor design and scale-up for multiphase reactions. He is the author of 6 journal
papers and two book chapters in the Encyclopedia of Chemical Processes.
Xin Ning (JOFO (Weifang)
Nonwovens Co. Ltd.)
“Blended Polymer Topsheet Material with Enhanced Characteristics for Hygiene Applications”
Mr. XinNing is currently the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for JoFo Nonwovens, a division of the JoFo Group in China. Previously, Mr. Ning served with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in the US for over twenty years in a variety of progressive capacities covering R&D, strategy, global program management and international business, with three years expatriate experiences in Shanghai managing nonwoven materials supply and capability development for hygiene and medical applications. Mr. Ning is a graduate of Peking University where he received his BS and MS degrees. He also received a PhD degree in Polymer Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Mr. Ning holds 11 issued US patents，other trade secrets and over ten published scientific papers.
Tiffany Oliphant (Floratech)
“Nonwoven Wipes: Skin Barrier Improvement Using Natural Jojoba Esters”
Tiffany Oliphant began her career in cosmetics in 2005 at Floratech working for their quality control department. She was later promoted to a position within their clinical research department to explore the potential skin benefits of various ingredients within cosmetic and personal care products, and now manages their Consumer Testing Laboratory. She has contributed to numerous technical publications and has been invited to present at multiple events within the cosmetic industry.
Tiffany obtained her BSc in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology from Arizona
State University, and continued her education with an MSc in Pharmaceutics with
an emphasis in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati. She is also
certified as a clinical research coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research
Mike Pate (Foster Needle
“New Twisted Needle Design”
Mike Pate has been employed in the Textile Industry for 34 years. He spent 17 years in manufacturing with the last 5 years over a 5 line needlepunch operation. Mike spent 3 years selling Nonwoven equipment and for the last 14 years he has been technical sales manager for the Foster Needle Company in the Southeast and West Coast market areas. Mike was also a long time member of the INDA needlepunch committee and presented papers at the last 4 conferences. In addition Mike has presented papers at the Cotton Conference and NC State.
Eastman Chemical Co.)
“Design Early! (Incorporating Design into Product, Process and Innovation Strategy)'”
Jennifer Peavey is the latest addition to the Innovation Group at the Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. Eastman manufactures chemicals, fibers and plastics materials which are used by our customers as key ingredients to make the products that you use every day.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Clemson
University and has 16 years experience in research and development of technologies
for creation and production of flexible packaging. But don’t let the technical
background fool you. She is a creative engineer who enjoys the blank sheet of
paper involved in start up of technologies and markets. This passion leads her
to meet people from all walks of life and to learn something new each and every
Carlos Richer (Richer Investment)
“Diaper Innovation—Where Is It Coming From?”
Carlos has 26 years in the diaper industry, his last 6 years working as a
diaper industry consultant. Carlos is currently helping clients in 26 countries
in four continents. He has been behind many diaper factory projects, offering
training and strategic support. He is also an expert on diaper design, reverse
engineering, cost analysis, and diaper equipment selection.
James Seefeld (Cambridge
“Use of Novel Functional Biopolymers in Automotive Applications”
Alexander Tseitlin, Ph.D. (Ecosynthetix)
“Nano-starch Dispersion Binders”
Over 20 years of both academic and industrial research experience in
organic chemistry, synthesis and application of organosilicon compounds and polymers,
analytical testing, laboratory techniques and industrial research. Most recently
was with Arclin in Mississauga, Ontario responsible for the R&D of phenolic,
melamine and urea-formaldehyde resins as well as development of formaldehyde-free
binders for non-woven materials, laminates, paper impregnation, and specialty
applications. Prior to Arclin worked for Siltech Corp. in Toronto, as Principal
Research Chemist for the development of organosilicone surfactants for cosmetics,
household and industrial uses. Before moving to Canada held positions with Dead
Sea Bromine Compounds, Ltd. Beer-Sheva, Israel, as well as teaching assignments
with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel and with Moscow Institute
for Wood Technology, Moscow, Russia. Education: M. Sc. In Chemical Engineering
from Russian University for Chemical Technology Moscow, Russia, Ph. D in Polymer
Chemistry from Lomonosov Academy for Fine Chemical Technology Moscow, Russia
and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University Hamilton, ON
Doug Wilson, Ph.D. (Blue
“Innovate or Evaporate”
Doug is President of Blue Mango Innovation based in Charlotte, NC. Doug has
a BSc in Chemistry, a PhD in Polymer Chemistry both from the University of Manchester
in the UK. He has over 25 years experience in new business development in the
field of advanced materials and has worked many industry sectors including aerospace,
automotive, renewable energy, oil & gas, polymers, chemicals, healthcare,
consumer goods etc. Prior to his present innovation consulting position Doug
was the CTO of SGL Carbon where his major role was to develop and implement an
“innovation excellence” initiative. For the last 10 years, Doug has been helping
companies to accelerate new business development by improving their ability to
innovate. He is a certified practitioner of the HBDI thinking preference tool.
John Wolodko, Ph.D. (Alberta
“Nonwovens in Natural Fiber Composite Auto Applications”
Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (formerly the Alberta Research Council)
Dr. John Wolodko is Manager of the Advanced Materials Portfolio at Alberta Innovates
Technology Futures (AITF) in Edmonton, Canada (formerly the Alberta Research
Council). He has over 20 years research & development experience in the areas
advanced materials, mechanical & structural testing, polymer & composite
and product design. Dr. Wolodko is also the Director of the Materials and Reliability
Oil Sands research program (also known as MARIOS) which is a 30 member consortium focused on applied R&D and technology development for the oil sands industry. Prior to joining AITF, he was a Senior Research Engineer with C-FER Technologies, and has
worked in both academia and as a consulting engineer in a variety of sectors. He currently holds an adjunct professor position in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, with a research focus on “green” materials, and utilization of agricultural based feedstocks in composite applications.
Miles Wright (Xanofi)
“Game Changing Nanofiber Technology"
CEO: Miles has over 20 years of startup, entrepreneurial and manufacturing
expertise in a variety of industries. His successful launches include Accugraphics,
Eyebeam, Signature Publishing, and MCW Properties, in addition to developing
new technology for CoastMaster. He co-founded a prominent nonprofit group to
benefit children in Haiti and has served as a Director for numerous organizations.