The Future of Textile Innovation

  • December 5, 2019
    6:40 pm - 7:20 pm

The Future of Textile Innovation

The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network and Polaris MEP lead a panel discussion on the future of textile science and technology, and how it’s changing medical, industrial and apparel sectors. Networking will begin at 5pm with the discussion immediately following at 6:40pm-7:20pm.

Michael McKeldon Woody (moderator) is CEO of Trans-Tex LLC, a textile company based in Cranston, RI.  He is currently chair of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN), and a member of the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council.  In 2017, his book American Dragon: Winning the Global Manufacturing War Using the Universal Principles of Fewer, Faster, and Finer was named a finalist for Business and Economics Book of the Year by Foreword Indies.

Brooks Hagan is Associate Professor of Textiles at Rhode Island School of Design. He leads the Virtual Textile Research Group (, which investigates manufacturing, prototyping and computational design for constructed textiles. He is co-founder of the custom weaving and graphics company Weft (, and consults with numerous industry leaders including Apple Inc., Under Armour and Adidas.

Anjali Khemani is an Associate for Design and Innovation and Propel, LLC. She is involved in the design and development of interactive textiles and creates complex computer programs that translate into ingenious 3D knitted structures. A recent graduate from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Masters of Science, Anjali discovered technical textiles and realized it was a field that merged her design and technical coding skills.

Kunal Mankodiya, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Wearable Biosensing Lab at the University of Rhode Island. He focuses on designing smart textile wearable technologies for medical applications. He enjoys collaborating with experts in textile design, materials, and manufacturing.





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