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Mark AnttilaMark Anttila (Eastman Chemical Company)
“Microfibers for Wet-Laid Nonwovens:Development of a New Technology Platform”

Mark Anttila presently works for the Eastman Chemical Company, Corporate Technology group as a Technology Associate.  He has over 30 years hands on experience in specialty nonwovens with a focus on materials and processes in the production of wet-laid products.  This experience was gained while working for the some of the leading nonwoven media manufacturers in various functions of R&D and Marketing.  His key product focus had been in areas of filtration (Hydraulic, HVAC and engine) working with various wet laid forming technologies and stock preparation processes.

Mr. Anttila earned his BA Chemistry from the University of Hartford and a Global MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Vicki A. BarburVicki A. Barbur, Ph.D. (Advanced Innovation)
“Nonwovens in Medical Markets: Latest Trends and Influencing Factors”

Vicki Barbur has served most recently as Vice President of Research and Development for the medical segment at Cardinal Health based in McGaw Park, IL. Barbur has more than 20years of experience in research, development and manufacturing. At Cardinal Health, she was responsible for the development of new innovative products that meet the needs of several functional areas in the healthcare environment; patient care, critical care, clinician and patient protection, sterilization and fluid management, drug delivery and disease diagnostics. She oversaw development platforms that utilize novel characteristics of materials and coatings to enhance barrier protection, improve strength and increase absorbency to deliver a range of potentially new products, within the portfolio of surgical gowns, surgical drapes, facial protection, and infection control apparel.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Barbur was Technology Director at Kodak for R&D efforts, focused on specialty products that included nanomaterials. At Kodak, she emphasized concept exploration into innovative, novel materials and led not only technology transfer to manufacturing via her in-depth knowledge of the R&D development cycle, but also explored growth initiatives by leveraging key core competencies into new non-traditional markets as part of new business development . Barbur has a PhD in physics from Imperial College, University of London and an MS in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Barbur published several papers in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Physiology, Brain, Biological Cybernetics, Neuroscience Letters, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, has given several presentations, most recently, on ‘Smart Materials in Medical Applications’ at the Smithers Apex ‘Smart Fabrics’ conference in April, 2012. Previously, she has discussed material innovation at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in Washington D.C., as well as highlighting the trade off between disposable and reusable medical devices as part of a sustainability theme at an R&D Medical Device Summit in November, 2011. She holds three US and one European patent based on her work associated with applying novel statistical principles to processing methodologies.  Currently, she is serving on the Board of Directors for INDA, the Association of Nonwovens Fabric Industry in the USA and sits on the Sustainability ‘Corporate Round Table’ at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Previously she has served on the executive board of The Color Group (Great Britain) and also on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce in Peabody, MA

Gary L. BowlinGary L. Bowlin (Virginia Commonwealth University)
“Designing Nonwoven, Bioresorbable Vascular Prosthetics”

Gary L. Bowlin, Professor and Louis and Ruth Harris Exceptional Scholar Professorship of Biomedical Engineering, is the Director of the Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Bowlin worked as a Process Engineer for NUCON International, Inc. designing organic solvent recovery systems.  Dr. Bowlin received the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from The University of Akron.  Dr. Bowlin has extensive teaching and research experience in electrospinning, cardiovascular materials, and tissue engineering.  As a researcher, he has been involved and has published many seminal electrospinning manuscripts (work cited over 4,200 times, H-index: 27) and chapters dealing with the area of vascular tissue engineering and biopolymer processing for tissue engineering scaffolds.  He also holds eight U.S. patents and was a Co-Founding inventor of NanoMatrix, Inc. based on electrospinning tissue engineering scaffold technology which was sold to Organogenesis, Inc.  He was also a co-inventor on technology (WoundStat™) that was FDA approved and commercialized by TraumaCure, Inc. for controlling bleeding in severe traumatic injuries.  More recently he was a co-inventor on electrospun technology to develop novel haemostatic products for traumatic bleeding licensed to St. Teresa Medical, Inc. (clinical products) and St. Francis Veterinary Medical, Inc. (veterinary products) and currently being sold as ANIMALCLOT™ and under development for clinical use as FASTCLOT™ and WRAPCLOT™. 


Sarah BuffaloeSarah Buffaloe (United States Green Building Council)
“Durable Nonwovens in LEED Residential Construction”

Sarah Buffaloe is a LEED Specialist at USGBC. After her Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University and working in the DC area on green affordable housing she entered the U.S. Green Building Council as part of the Certification team and has become an expert in Materials and Resources. Over the past 3 years Sarah’s work at USGBC has concentrated on the implementation of LEED in the field as well as new development. She has worked on several projects such as developing the next version of the LEED rating systems, improving the LEED Online platform, and creating submittal forms. She is originally from Boulder, Colorado and has maintained a lifelong passion for both architecture and the natural environment.

CarrCharles “Chuck” Carr ( IHS Chemicals)
“Raw Material for Nonwovens: The What, the Where, the Who . . . and the Future”

In 2006, Chuck joined CMAI (now IHS Chemical) as Director of Propylene Studies in the Olefins Group.  His focus is primarily in olefins and the analysis of the propylene and propylene derivatives markets for hundreds of global clients.  Chuck serves as the Service Leader for the North America Light Olefins Service, and manages global propylene market intelligence studies for IHS Chemical.  He also regularly contributes propylene and propylene derivative commentary to the European Market Report – Olefins, and the Asia Market Report – Light Olefins.  In addition, Chuck contributes propylene analysis to the World Light Olefins Analysis. 

Prior to joining CMAI in 2006, Chuck had a 21 year career with Total Petrochemicals USA.  His most recent assignments from 2003 to 2006 were in the Base Chemicals division where he held Olefins Manager responsibilities concerning market intelligence and the commercial activities associated with ethylene and propylene. From 1998 to 2003, Chuck served in other corporate office roles including Business Development Coordinator handling research and economic evaluation for the Southwest Business Unit, Lead Buyer for catalyst, chemicals, and additives in the purchasing group, and Manager of Logistics & Distribution concerning all of Total Petrochemicals polymer transportation requirements. From 1985 to 1998, Chuck was at the Big Spring Refinery in various roles including Planning and Coordination Manager and Operations Manager.

Chuck received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1985.


ChapasRich Chapas, Ph.D. (Chapas, Chinai, and Associates)
“New Bio-based Materials & Opportunities for Innovation”

A business and technical leader and educator with broad experience working at universities, government agencies and laboratories, and industrial corporations.  His teaching and training experience includes strategy, technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and green business, which he teaches at the U. of DE. Rich is the Founder and Principal of Chapas, Chinai, and Associates and has worked for the following companies: Battelle, Director of Industrial Relations; Rayonier, Vice President of Research & Development; Kimberly-Clark, Senior R&D Manager; Johnson & Johnson, Group Leader.


Greg DayGreg Day (Avanti Manufacturing)
“Point Bonded Polyethylene Nonwovens”

Currently the President of Avanti Manufacturing. We are a nonwovens manufacturing company, located one hour north of Nashville, TN. Prior to my tenure at Avanti , I have worked as the VP of Marketing and Sales Hygiene Products for Polymer Group Inc. I originally started my nonwovens career with Johnson and Johnson, Baby Diaper Division.


GaoDi Gao, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
“Superhydrophobic Coatings for Nonwoven Fabrics”

Professor Di Gao received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1999, and his PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.  He received the CAREER Award from National Science Foundation in 2008, the Pitt Innovator Award in 2009, the Carnegie Science Center Advanced Materials Award in 2010, and the AIChE Owens-Corning Early Career Award in 2011.  He was the leader of the University of Pittsburgh team that received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet for Sustainability Design Competition Award in 2008 and the AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award in 2009. His research has been highlighted by media and press including Chemical & Engineering News, Chemical Engineering Progress, Nature Nanotechnology, U.S. News & World Report, U.S. Department of State website, China Daily, Science Daily, International Business Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, New England Cable News Network, KDKA TV and Radio News, and Fox News. 


Dr. Paola Fabbri (Bio-on)
“Developing Nonwoven Materials with High-performance PHA Biopolymer 100% Biodegradable in Impure Water”


Greg DayAsa D. Foss (United States Green Building Council)
“Durable Nonwovens in LEED Residential Construction”

Asa D. Foss is an expert in building science, home construction, and energy efficiency. At the US Green Building Council, he is responsible for the development of the LEED for Homes rating systems. He consults with the advocacy and policy department on residential energy efficiency and green building legislation, and represents USGBC on numerous national home energy efficiency committees.

Prior to his current position, he designed and managed Maryland’s award winning Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. While running the program, he also spent time in the field training over 150 energy auditors and energy retrofit contractors.


GeusHans Georg Geus (Reifenhauser Reicofil GmbH Co. KG)
“Nano vs. Melt Blown – Challenge for an Old Nonwoven 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

Jaime C. Grunlan (Texas A&M University)
“Antiflammable Nanocoatings for Foam and Fabric Using Renewable and/or Environmentally-benign Materials”

Dr. Jaime Grunlan obtained a B.S. in Chemistry, with a Polymers & Coatings emphasis, from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Materials Science and Engineering.  Having joined Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2004, Prof. Grunlan was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and more recently appointed the Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Career Development Professor I. His current research interests lie in both the development of multifunctional thin films (< 1 mm) using layer-by-layer assembly and the study of electrically and/or thermally conductive thick film (> 10 mm) nanocomposites.  He won the NSF CAREER and 3M Untenured Faculty awards in 2007, and the Dow 2009 Young Faculty Award, for his work in these areas.

Maider Irastorza (Material ConneXion)
“Learning from the world’s largest library of innovative materials”

Maider Irastorza, Director of Consulting, heads up the consulting team of
Material ConneXion New York office, and plays an active role in the direction of all projects. Her technical knowledge and vast cross-industry experience with global brands are essential for the assessment of new trends and the exploration of new innovation opportunities.

Maider unique ability to play well in both the creative and business worlds makes her a natural at helping clients create and develop their innovation strategies.  She has been acting as consultant, strategist and facilitator, leading multiple packaging, retail and product innovation assignments for clients such as BMW Designworks USA, Hermes, IKEA, Logitech, McDonald’s, New Era Cap Company, PUMA, Whirlpool, World Kitchen, and VF Corporation.

Prior to joining Material ConneXion, she worked with Ford Motor France in envisioning innovative distribution strategies for their French market. She started her career at Les Galeries Lafayette, the largest European department store, where she worked on international marketing and branding initiatives.

Maider received her MBA from Manhattan College, New York and the University of Paris XI, France.

Gavin McIntyreGavin McIntyre (Ecovative Design)
“Bioadaptation: Are Mushrooms the Next Industrial Material”

Gavin McIntyre is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Ecovative Design. Since the company’s start in 2007, he has led all material and biological process development in the company’s strides to replace synthetics. Gavin co-invented Ecovative’s patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural by-products into strong biological composite materials. These materials are 100% compostable, and made with a fraction of the energy of conventional plastics.  He has served as the principle investigator on grants received from the US EPA, the USDA, the NSF, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  Gavin has also served on Technology Roundtables hosted by former NYS Governor David Paterson, NYS Governor Cuomo, the US DoE and EPA, and Congressman Paul Tonko. Gavin received a dual B.S. In Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 


Amit NaskarAmit Naskar, Ph.D. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
“Turning Alternative Precursors Into Low-cost Carbon Fibers”

Dr. Amit K. Naskar is a research staff member in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Materials Science & Technology Division.  His areas of research emphasis are on carbon fibers, alternative carbon precursors, and polymeric materials and composites.  His research supports the Department of Energy’s interests in vehicles of the future.  Dr. Naskar earned his Ph.D. degree in Elastomer Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2003). Prior to joining ORNL, he had worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Clemson University, South Carolina.


Michael Pace (SRP Canada Inc)
“Building and construction applications for breathable membranes made using micro porous polypropylene films.”

Michael Pace is the president of Building Resource Incorporated, manufacturer’s agent for specialty construction products and SRP Canada, an importer and distributor of breathable membranes. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T. Civil) and a Building Science Specialist Ontario (BSSO). For over 20 years Michael has promoted specialty construction products in both Canada and the USA. This includes a broad range of markets including roofing, building envelope, waterproofing, building restoration, concrete flooring and corrosion resistant flooring.

Michael is a member of RCI, OBEC, CSC (25 years) and OACETT. He is also a member of the Toronto Construction Association and served on their board of directors as the chairman of the Construct Canada Trade Show, 1998 to 2000. Michael is a supporter of The Toronto Big Brothers Association and other children’s charities.

SettlesGary Settles, Ph.D. (Penn State University)
“Supersonic Gas Jets, Nozzles, High-speed Digital Imaging, and Schlieren and Shadowgraph Techniques for Flow Visualization”

Gary S. Settles received the Ph.D. degree in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1976.  He is a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Penn State Gas Dynamics Laboratory since 1983. He is the author of the book Schlieren and Shadowgraph Techniques and the recipient of the 2004 ASME Freeman Scholar Award for his work on airborne trace chemical sampling. His expertise is in experimental fluid dynamics, flow visualization, optical flow instrumentation, gas dynamics, particle-laden flows, industrial applications, and homeland security applications.


Terry Swack Terry Swack (Sustainable Minds)
“INDA’s Green Product Initiative”

Terry Swack is a pioneer in the design and technology industries, and an Internet and environmental entrepreneur. In 2007, Terry co-founded Sustainable Minds, a software and information services company enabling product design organizations to create innovative and sustainable products. The company's mission is to bring sustainable product design into the mainstream in an accessible, empowering and credible way.
Early in 2007, Terry founded Clean Culture, a customer experience research and strategy consultancy focused on making clean tech and sustainable products more understandable and desirable.
In 2005, she founded Green Building Blocks and The Beam (which later became Blue Egg), a venture-backed Web 2.0 media company and marketplace for consumers, manufacturers, and service providers to power the demand for clean and green products and services.
In 2002, she became a founding team member of StillSecure, a network security software company. As VP of Customer Experience, in a unique partnership with the VP of Engineering, she co-managed product teams to bring three successful products to market in less than two years.
Terry's first company, TSDesign, was founded in 1985 as a graphic design firm and became an Internet strategy and product design firm in 1994. Clients ranged from startups to Fortune 500 stalwarts including 3M, Compaq, Dell, BankBoston, Cendant Mortgage, PlanetAll and Tripod. The development of the User Experience AuditSM in 1996, was the first offering of its kind and positioned the company as the industry leader in design analysis and user experience strategy. TSDesign was acquired in 1999 by Razorfish, a global digital services provider.
Terry has played a significant role in the evolution of the design profession. From 2001–2004, Terry served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). In 1998, she co-founded, with Clement Mok, the AIGA Experience Design community of interest.
In 2003, with leaders from ACM’s SIGCHI, Terry co-created and co-chaired the DUX conference (Designing for User Experiences). DUX was the first design/technology joint conference on interactive digital design based on peer-reviewed case studies.
Terry has been a frequent speaker to business, technology and design audiences on designing effective digital business systems and the brand experience; and increasingly, on the intersections of sustainability, business innovation and the future of engineering software.


ToplanskyMarshall Toplansky (KPGM)
“Harvesting ‘Big Data’ to Create Useable Metrics for Product Development”

Marshall leads a next generation syndicated data and analytics group at KPMG called MOBI, which stands for Mass Opinion Business Intelligence.  MOBI interprets the billions of online opinions people post to create actionable, strategically critical metrics. 

In his 30+ years of working with both marketers and technologists, he has seen at close range how technology is affecting the way companies generate insights and make decisions.  Every month, KPMG MOBI finds, analyzes and classifies hundreds of millions of online-posted opinions in different product categories and vertical markets.  It tracks marketing effectiveness against competition and enables the development of highly accurate predictive models forecasting sales, market share, election outcomes and stock price movements.

Marshall is formerly Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Insight at Gateway Computers.  He also served as Chief Marketing Officer of modem manufacturer U.S. Robotics.  He began his career at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in New York as a marketing strategist working in both the general advertising and database marketing areas.
Marshall earned an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and his BA degree in Political Science/Chinese from the State University of New York at Albany (magna cum laude). 

Blaire Townsend Blaire Townsend (Velcro USA Inc.)
“Innovative Fastening Solutions”

As Strategic Business Unit Manager for Velcro USA Inc.  Blaire Townsend establishes the strategic business plan and manages the company’s construction product development and marketing activities for North and South America.  Blaire is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College.   His background is in commercial construction management, real estate development and architecture.  A 22 year veteran of the Construction Industry, prior to joining the Velcro Companies to start the Construction SBU, Blaire served as Vice President of Casali Group, a Boston, MA-based full service project management, owner’s representative and architectural design firm that specializes in the higher education/institutional market.


Teresa Wagner (Owens Corning Science & Technology LLC)
“Carbon Enhanced Reinforcement Fibers”

Teresa Wagner is a Senior Research and Development Leader for the Composite Solutions Business of Owens Corning. She received her M.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University.  Teresa joined Owens Corning in 1984 in the Glass Technology Department supporting the global Composites business.  She has held a variety of R&D leadership roles in process technology, product development and composite applications development.


Russ Williams (InventionHome)
“Simplifying Open Innovation”


Rory WolfRory Wolf (Enercon Industries Corporation)
“Nonwovens in Natural Fiber Composite Auto Applications”

Mr. Wolf is a recognized industry resource in the field of polymer surface modification, and has 28 years experience within international positions in the plastics and packaging industries. He has specific experience in polymer-based flexible packaging, polymer surface modification systems, and printing industry segments.

His current professional affiliations are:

Mr. Wolf holds a Masters in Business Administration from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
He is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee, Falls, Wisconsin, USA.

He has published 28 technical papers, 38 industry articles, and 2 books of the topic of plastic surface modification by atmospheric plasma technology.


ZieglerGregory Ziegler, Ph.D. (Penn State University)
“Fabrication of Pure Starch Fibers by Electrospinning”


Research Interests: Foods as composite materials. Physical properties and processing of polymeric and particulate foods, with an emphasis on chocolate and confectionery products. Supported by the William and Lois Dietrich Endowment in Food Bioprocessing to support the Food Characterization Laboratory. Faculty affiliate of the Intercollege Graduate Program in Materials (Materials Research Institute), the Particulate Materials Center, and the Center for Medieval Studies.


Program subject to change. The opinions expressed at RISE 2012 are those of the speakers and not necessarily that of INDA or its Board of Directors.

INDAINDA is the leading global association of the nonwoven fabrics industry. Since 1968, INDA has provided a variety of industry focused networking events to help members increase sales and market share. INDA is the nonwoven industry’s premier source for market leading education, global forecasts, testing standards and trend reports which provide members the information and knowledge to better plan and execute their business. Through its on-the-ground efforts in Washington DC, INDA provides members a strong voice within government on topics that affect the nonwovens industry.

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