The next Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network Executive Insights webinar is scheduled for March 31st, 2021 from 12:00PM – 12:30PM EST.
Michael Woody, CEO of Trans-Tex LLC and Chairman of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN) talks with guests Dr. Martin Bide, Professor, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design in the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island, and Clare King, President of Propel, LLC.
After earning a PhD and working in the UK dyestuff industry, Martin joined the US academic world, first at UMass Dartmouth and then, in 1991, URI, where he teaches courses in textile science-related subjects. He has maintained the URI textile lab and consulted on a range of projects with local industry. His research, chiefly in biomedical materials and sustainability has led to more than 100 papers, book chapters and patents. Martin is a past president of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Clare King, President of Propel LLC, has hired graduates of the TMD program and worked jointly with TMD on some of Propel's innovative projects. In 2020, Propel LLC was awarded the Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award, presented yearly to a company that weaves tomorrow's ideas into the fabrics of today, for their US Navy-funded smart shirt. Clare generously donated the $5,000 prize to support the teaching and research of Textile Science in the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design in the University of Rhode Island's College of Business to honor Dr. Bide's retirement.