Textile World Innovation Forum Topics and Speakers *


Fiber Trends
Alasdair Carmichael, President, PCI Fibres; Secretary/Treasurer, Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA)

Carmichael has been conducting in-depth research on the synthetic fiber market for more than 13 years at PCI Fibres, where he serves as president – Americas. Prior to joining PCI, Carmichael served as vice president for Rieter Corp., responsible for draw texturing machinery business in North and South America; and as sales director for Rieter Scragg. He also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA).

Yarn Formation: Spinning and Twisting and Texturing Developments
William “Bill” Oxenham, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, Abel C. Lineberger Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Oxenham, who is regarded as an international expert in the area of yarn manufacturing, has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles since 1992. This appointment followed 18 years of experience in university education in the United Kingdom. Currently, Oxenham is the Abel C. Lineberger Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, NCSU College of Textiles. He teaches two undergraduate and two graduate courses in the production, properties and processing of yarns.

• Fabric Formation: Knitting Developments — Flat, Circular and Warp
• Composite Innovations
Jim Kaufmann, Senior Engineer, T.E.A.M Inc.; Owner, NovaComp Inc.

Kaufmann is known for his broad and diverse knowledge of textiles, the textile industry and related end-uses. His primary focus is on technical, specialty and performance-based textile applications. He has an in-depth knowledge of textile processing including yarn preparation, weaving, knitting and nonwovens. As a senior engineer at T.E.A.M. Inc., Kaufmann is involved daily in tasks such as product conceptualization, design, R&D, engineering, equipment selection and manufacturing. He is adept at selecting fiber and fabric structures ranging from traditional textiles to novel and niche products; and has hands-on experience with unique and difficult-to-handle fibers, yarns and fabrics. Kaufmann also is owner of NovaComp Inc., a design and engineering consultancy focused on the use of technical textiles in various applications.

Fabric Formation: Weaving Machine Developments
Tushar K. Ghosh, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

Ghosh, a professor at the NCSU College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, holds a doctorate in fiber and polymer science. He joined the NCSU faculty in 1987, and has since been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His research activities are devoted to the mechanics of fiber assemblies, characterization of fibrous materials, design and development of functional fibers, and fiber-based structures for adaptive and responsive textiles. Ghosh has been teaching various technology courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. In recent years, he has taught courses on weaving technology, functional textiles, and characterization of textile materials. He has served as a consultant to many public institutions and industries on issues related to textile technologies and performance of textile products.

Fabric Formation: Jacquard and Dobby Weaving Developments
Abdel-Fattah Mohamed Seyam, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile and Apparel Management

Seyam has been on the faculty of the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management at the NCSU College of Textiles since 1991. He has also been an instructor at both Alexandria University and Mansoura University in Egypt, a research engineer for Burlington Industries, and a project manager for Valdese Weavers. Seyam teaches fabric formation and structures at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches short courses in advanced woven fabric design, nonwovens and new developments in weaving technologies. Seyam has authored two computer software packages for manufacturing and engineering woven structures and is a co-inventor of four patents in the areas of cold-weather systems and electrotextile structures.


Fabric Formation: Nonwoven Developments
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering and Science; Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension; and Director, Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center

Pourdeyhimi is the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials, Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science; and Director of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at the NCSU College of Textiles. He received his doctorate from Leeds University in 1982. This was followed by positions as a research scientist at NCSU and then at Cornell University. His distinguished academic career has taken him through the University of Maryland (1984-1995) and Georgia Institute of Technology (1995-1999) before his return to NCSU. Pourdeyhimi has taught textile and fiber science; technology and engineering; as well as microscopy and image analysis applications to textiles, nonwovens and materials problems both at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research experience covers such areas as image and structural analysis of nonwoven fibrous webs, textile applications in sports, bioengineering and materials, instrumentation, and test method development, among others. Pourdeyhimi’s research interests are in the area of nonwovens, materials, biomaterials, modeling performance, special textile structures and image analysis. His contributions to fiber/textile science, engineering and technology and his contributions to the profession have been well-recognized by several awards. Major corporations and leading research bodies around the world also recognize his expertise, and he serves as a consultant to more than 30 bodies and major corporations.


Dyeing, Printing and Finishing: Textile Chemistry Developments
Harold S. Freeman, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, Ciba-Geigy Professor of Dyestuff Chemistry and Associate Dean for Research

Freeman, a native North Carolinian, completed high school, undergraduate training, and graduate school without leaving his beloved home state. Following the completion of the bachelor of science degree in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University, he was employed an organic chemist for more than nine years at Burroughs-Wellcome Co. It was during this employment that he completed master of science and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry. He joined NCSU College of Textiles as associate professor of textile chemistry in 1982 and was promoted to professor in 1989. Two years later, he was chosen as the first Ciba-Geigy Professor of Dyestuff Chemistry. Freeman received the J. William Weaver Award and the Olney Medal from AATCC in 1992 and 2004, respectively. He currently serves as a member of the editorial boards for Colourage and Coloration Technology, and as guest editor for Materials Journal.


Dyeing, Printing and Finishing: Machinery Developments Update
Peter J. Hauser, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College Of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Chemistry at NCSU, Hauser began a career as an industrial research chemist that spanned 24 years and included positions with several textile manufacturers and textile chemical producers. He holds 10 U.S. patents in the areas of soil release, flame retardancy and low-pollution dyeing. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Latin America and China, providing technical assistance to textile manufacturers in all areas of textile wet processing. In 1997, Hauser joined the faculty of the NCSU College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science. He has published extensively in the textile chemistry literature and is the co-author of “Chemical Finishing of Textiles,” published by Woodhead Publishing.

Apparel Developments
Juan Zighelboim, Co-founder and President of  Textiles Opico SA de CV (TexOps); and Vice President, Americas Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN)

In 2009, apparel industry veterans David Ha and Juan Zighelboim founded Textiles Opico SA de CV (TexOps) as an El Salvador-based active and sports apparel manufacturing company. Each has more than 20 years experience as founders and owners of their respective apparel businesses, making products for the likes of Nike, adidas®, Under Armour®, Levi’s®, GAP, Reebok, Soffe®, Dallas Cowboys, Dick’s Sporting Goods®, Academy Sports+Outdoors®, and several other name brands and retailers. On a global scale, TexOps is considered one of the finest, most complete and certainly most modern knitted apparel factories. Along with proximity to the United States, TexOps has been positioned as the go-to factory for its select customer partners. Prior to founding TexOps, Zighelboim was founder and CEO of private label performance apparel manufacturing company Partex Apparel Group for close to 20 years. He also serves as vice president of Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAPN).

Special Topics: Nanotechnology Update; Methods of Manufacture and Applications
Philip D. Bradford, Ph.D., North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

Bradford is an assistant professor at the NCSU College of Textiles, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science. He completed his academic studies at NCSU, earning bachelors and masters degrees in textile engineering, and masters and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering. Bradford’s research interests include nanosciences, surface modification, fibers and polymers, technical textiles and textile structures. He is director of the Bradford Research Group at NCSU, a group that focuses its efforts on the synthesis of ultra-high aspect ratio carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and production of textile-like structures from those unique CNTs for application areas such as composites, sensors, electrodes and filtration.

Special Topics: What's Ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Jonathan M. Fee, Licensed Customs Broker, Alston & Bird, LLP

Jon Fee focuses his practice on customs and international trade matters, with a particular emphasis on preferential trade programs, free trade agreements and U.S. trade legislation. He has extensive experience in trade issues affecting textiles, apparel, aircraft, heavy equipment and electronics.

Mr. Fee is a licensed customs broker and teaches preparation courses for the national customs broker exam. Mr. Fee has spoken frequently in the United States, Asia, Central America and Africa on U.S. trade policy and free trade agreements. He is active in community service and chairs the firm’s Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Committee.

Mr. Fee received his undergraduate degree in 1971 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Emory University in 1974. He is a member of the American, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations, and admitted to practice in the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Fee is listed in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.  


Special Topics: M&A/Investment Trends & Essential Considerations in Bringing New Textile Technologies to Market
Ed Gregor, Joint CEO, GL Capital LLC; Managing Director, Edward C. Gregor & Associates LLC

Gregor is the joint CEO of GL Capital LLC, which provides merger, acquisition and divestiture services to companies in the fiber, technical textile, nonwoven fabric and filtration industries. The company focuses on public, privately held and family firms having between $10 million and $300 million in annual revenues. Gregor’s in-depth industry experience provides clients with a link with domestic and overseas organizations that are seeking to diversify their businesses or expand their industry holdings. Also, as managing director of Edward C. Gregor & Associates LLC, Gregor heads one of the leading U.S. firms to bring new technologies to market and merger and acquisition (M&A) services in the specialty polymer, fibers, nonwoven fabrics, technical textiles and filtration industries. Additionally, he has guided a number of clients with eco-friendly materials technology in creating differentiated products and a proprietary market position. Consultations include Dynamic Modifiers LLC, Industrial Ceramic Solutions LLC, Whitford Corp., Filtration Technology Corp., John Boyle & Co., NatureWorks LLC, and PGI Nonwovens, among others.
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