The RISE Conference keynote speakers include:
- Bernd Kunze, Dr. Ing., CEO, Reifenhäuser Reicofil – will present a leading global machine producer’s perspective for expanding conceptual planning with the latest predictive analytical techniques.
- Keith Hoover, VP, Material Process & Color Innovation, Under Armour – will discuss the global manufacturing landscape and new manufacturing models for apparel creation.
- Yoel Fink, Ph.D., CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, and director, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – will present the leading edge multifunctional fiber devices that are extending the frontiers of fiber materials.
- Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., professor, North Carolina State University, and director, The Nonwovens Institute – will present potentially disruptive material science technologies and key areas of materials research.
Evolutionary thought will be at the forefront of RISE with forward-looking presentations on topics essential for today’s engineered fabrics industry technology scouts. Presenters include Christian Lenges, business development for BioMaterials in DuPont Industrial BioScience; Anke Domaske, founder & managing director, Qmilk GmbH; Hardy Sullivan, vice president, Market Development, Crypton Inc.; and Ayyoub M. Momen, Ph.D., research and development staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“The RISE conference embraces INDA’s mission to stimulate, recognize, and reward innovation in fiber technologies, material science, and engineered fabric solutions. We are delighted to host these inspiring trailblazers at this year’s Conference and offer attendees the chance to have one-on-one conversations with technology innovators and business leaders. It is appropriate that the event is held in the acclaimed Research Triangle, as Raleigh is the named home to a broad range of high-tech companies and educational resources,” says Dave Rousse, INDA president.
A highlight at the RISE Conference will be the RISE Innovation Award. This Award will recognize innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry. Products for consideration should use advanced science and engineering principles to deliver unique or intricate solutions to problems. Nominations for the Award are accepted through May 22, 2017. Companies may nominate their products at http://www.inda.org/awards/rise-innovation-award.html.