Come and Learn about potential funding for R&D, education and workforce development, and industry partnerships at the UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center.
- Date: Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m.
- Location: Saab ETIC 445
- Topics to be covered:
- UMass Lowell FDC overview
- Highlights of UMass Lowell’s current activities in NextFlex and AFFOA
- Human monitoring/wearable electronics, smart health, medical textiles and devices, environmental interaction/response monitoring, soft robotics and assistive /rehabilitative care.
- Wearables for sports, military and high performance applications including high exertion, fast recovery, extreme environment
- Energy harvesting conformable textiles (power source, supply, and management)
- Textile integrated data and network management
- Advanced automation in textile manufacturing including design of manufacturing equipment, human-robot interaction
- Sustainable manufacturing with end-of-life considerations including recycling and repurposing.
- Fashion design and technology
How to participate in this exciting interdisciplinary Academic-Industry-DoD Partnership
- Julie Chen, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation
- Cheryl Gomes, Technical Program Manager for HEROES and AFFOA programs
- Claire Lepont, Technical Program Manager for CHN (Nano) and NextFlex program
Target Audience: Faculty Members, Post-doctoral researchers and students
About the UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center
UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is envisioned to be an innovative, design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing facility serving the University and the industry. It is a national model for forming synergistic interactions between Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and NextFlex (Flexible Hybrid Electronics) Manufacturing USA Institutes. UMass Lowell FDC will enable cross-pollination of ideas between AFFOA, NextFlex, and development of new products for emerging applications. The Massachusetts Manufacturing Investment Initiative (M2I2), a program of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) and Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), has provided funding to UMass Lowell for the creation of a Fabric Discovery Center.