For industry participants looking for deeper knowledge in specific nonwoven areas.
Nonwoven Product Development and Innovation
1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
INDA/NWI Member: $1,795
Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., The William A. Klopman Distinguished Chaired Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension in the College of Textiles, Founding Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute
Dr. Pourdeyhimi Holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK.
He is The William A. Klopman Distinguished Chaired Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He is also a Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension in the College of Textiles and is also the Founding Executive Director of the Nonwovens Institute. Prior to joining NC State, he was a professor at the School of Textiles and Fiber Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, he served for eleven years on the faculty in Textiles; and Materials & Nuclear Engineering at the University of Maryland. He spent two years at Cornell as a research scientist studying biomaterials. He is the recipient of the 1994-1995 Distinguished Achievement Award by the Fiber Society, The 2007 TAPPI Technical Achievement and Hollingsworth award and the 2008 INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He has served as the President of the Fiber Society and has also been elected as the Fellow of the Textile Institute in United Kingdom.
Dr. Pourdeyhimi's research interests are in the area of nonwovens, responsive fibrous systems, filtration, computational modeling, materials, failure mechanisms, software algorithms, optics and image analysis. He has published several books and monographs, has authored or co-authored over 200 refereed publications, has more than 30 patents and has made over two hundred presentations in his areas of interests.
Tom Daugherty, Deputy Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
Daugherty is an R&D Manager with a proven track record of leading and managing innovation organizations, and in delivering innovation for business growth. He recently retired from The Procter & Gamble Company as Associate Director of Corporate R&D. As Deputy Director, Daugherty oversees the core research programs, works with faculty to formulate the research agenda for NWI and helps build strategic alliances with many of NWI’s industry partners. He is also responsible for implementation of the NWI’s strategic plan in relation to research and infrastructure.
Pierre D. Grondin, Product Development Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
A consultant formerly with Berry Global Inc., Grondin has been developing nonwoven products based on meltblown and spunbond technologies for more than 20 years. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemistry, is an inventor named on 12 patent application families, and was the recipient of the 2014 Innovation in Nonwovens Award from NET TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers & Technologist Division. He is also an instructor for several short courses offered by The Nonwovens Institute.
David Nelson, Director, Industry Engagement and Education, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), 3M, (retired)
Nelson retired from 3M with over 40 years of experience in various technical, manufacturing, and business positions including a long term foreign service assignment in the Netherlands. His experience includes nonwovens technology, R&D, strategic management, and product development. He is responsible for the coordination and development of industry short courses, industrial membership activities, research contracts, and student mentorship at NWI.