OCTOBER 1-2, 2024
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC
OCTOBER 1-2, 2024
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC

RISE® 2023 Conference Schedule

Monday, September 25

CAPTAIN’S CHOICE 9-HOLE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join your peers in a new networking event! Participants will tee off for the tournament at 3:30 pm—shotgun start. The tournament is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your spot quickly. It's first-come, first-served.

Tuesday, September 26

Breakfast Connections
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

Rise of the Machines: The Future of Nonwoven Manufacturing I

9:05 am - 10:05 am

Moderator: Robert Green, Vice President of Performance Polymers , NatureWorks

Making an Impact on Manufacturing Productivity Through Smart Manufacturing
Haresh Malkani, Ph.D., CTO, CESMII
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:30 am

Rise of the Machines: The Future of Nonwoven Manufacturing II

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Robert Green, Vice President of Performance Polymers , NatureWorks

Cost Efficient Sustainability and the Desire for Softness
Tobias Wagner, Manager - Research & Development, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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"MicroPunch" Needling - Green Technology for Lightweights, Breakthrough for Energy Savings
Johann-Philipp Dilo, CEO, Dilo GmbH
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When Needlepunching Meets Recycling
Lothar Kaierle, VP Sales Nonwovens, American Truetzschler, Inc.
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Buffet Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Filtering Innovation: Exploring Real-world Applications and Advances in Filter Media I

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Moderator: Ralph Moody, Sr. Director R&D, Berry Global

Macroscale Simulation of N95 Respirators
Shyam Atri, Graduate Student, NCSU - Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Is High-efficiency Filtration Possible with PLA?
Mehmet Dasdemir, Ph.D., Research Scientist, The Nonwoven Institute
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Circularity in Filtration Applications
Erin Roberts, Ph.D., Innovation Project Manager, Mann+Hummel
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Coffee & Networking Break
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Filtering Innovation: Exploring Real-world Applications and Advances in Filter Media II

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Moderator: Ralph Moody, Sr. Director R&D, Berry Global

Macroscale Simulation of Electrostatically Charged Filters
Sashank Gautam, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar, NCSU - Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Water Filtration in the Age of Sustainability – New Challenges and Opportunities
Hervé Buisson, Senior Process Expert, Veolia Water Technologies
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2023 RISE® Innovation Award Presentations

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The RISE® Innovation Award will recognize innovation in areas within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry which utilizes advanced science and engineering principles to develop unique or intricate solutions to problems and advance the usage of nonwovens.

ESC-8 – The JOA® Electronic Size Change Unit
Chris Nelson, Business Development Manager, Curt G. Joa, Inc.
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BicoBio Fiber
Thomas Wittrup, CEO, Fiberpartner ApS
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Reifenhäuser Reicofil RF5 XHL
Tobias Wagner, Manager - Research & Development, Reifenhauser REICOFIL GmbH & Co. KG
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SAPmonit
Hani Sherry, Ph.D., CEO, TiHive SAS
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INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Presentation

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Tony Fragnito, President, INDA

The INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award will recognize an individual whose technical achievements, over a career of 20 years or more, have meaningfully contributed to the growth of the nonwovens industry. This technical professional will have a long history of innovation, INDA involvement, and/or commercial success. The recipient of the 2023 Lifetime Technical Achievement is Ed Thomas.

INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award Recipient
Ed Thomas, President, Nonwoven Technology Associates LLC
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Bus to NWI Tour & Reception

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

RSVP Required - Limited to 50 attendees

Nonwovens Institute Tour

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

RSVP Required - Limited to 50 attendees

Poster Session

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

3D Printed Polymer Applications for Garments
Sophie Nunno-Gorbachev, Student, NCSU
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Flow-less Coalescence Filtration Experiment: A Novel Approach to Study Instantaneous Saturation in Nonwovens
Nishant Bhatta, Student, NCSU
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Numerical Simulation and Experimental Characterization of Nanofibrous Materials
Mashfiq Rahman, Student, NCSU
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Charging Behavior of Nonwovens
Busra Ozdemir, Student, NCSU
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PLA Nonwovens
Christine Lee, Student, NCSU
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Thermal Bonding Mechanism of Polyester and Effects of Additives
Dominic Garcia, Student, NCSU
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Unravel Degradation Modalities of Bio-Based Polymers
Lucille Verster, Student, NCSU
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Dynamic, In-situ Characterization of Failure Modes in Fiber Spinning
Anastasia Timofeeva, Student, NCSU
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Computational–Experimental Study on Particle Removal via Electrically Charged Multilayer Nonwovens
Shyam Atri, Graduate Student, NCSU - Dept of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Cellulose Based Durable Nonwovens
Morgan Gilbert, Student, NCSU
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Modeling Compression-Recovery in Multicomponent Nonwovens - A Design Tool
Shajid Rahman, Student, NCSU
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Understanding the Influence of Molecular Ordering on Wetting Resistance
Young Jae Kim, Student, NCSU
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Understanding the Fundamentals of the Biodegradability of Polymer Blends and Additives for Nonwoven Applications
Jose Fernandez, Student, NCSU
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Reception

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 27

Breakfast Connections
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Rethinking rPolymers

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Moderator: Matt O'Sickey, Ph.D., Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA

Advancing the Circular Economy: Technoeconomic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment of Chemical Recycling Methods for Mixed Polyesters
Kat Knauer, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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The Ever-present Push Towards Sustainability
Brad Willingham, SVP - Business Development, PolyQuest Inc.
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Advancing Sustainability: Innovative Strategies and Circular Solutions

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: DeeAnn Nelson, Ph.D., Senior Innovation Manager, Front-End Nonwovens Innovation, Avgol Nonwovens

Strategies for Future Sustainable Nonwovens
Matthew Tipper, Ph.D., Operations Director, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI)
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Advancing Circularity in the Healthcare Industry
Robert Garcia, Application and Product Development Director, EIMEA, Hygiene & Healthcare, Berry Global Group, Inc.
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Putting Circularity into Circulation
Jennifer J. Austin, Ph.D., Market Segment Manager - Hygiene & Medical, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
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Buffet Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Advancements in Sustainable Nonwoven Applications

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Moderator: Paul Rollin, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist - Global Hygiene, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Innovative Green Binder Solution for Flooring & Industrial Applications
Tony Wu, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Owens Corning Science & Technology
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Ingeo PLA Polymers-Playing to Win
Jim Valentine, Ph.D., Technical Fellow, NatureWorks LLC
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Simplifyber: The Future of Manufacturing Shaped Goods in Natural Fibers
Maria Intscher-Owrang, CEO, Simplifyber
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Coffee & Networking Break
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Unveiling Industry Truths - Market Statistics and Data Trends

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Moderator: Eva Welsh, Evolon Market Manager - North America, Freudenberg Performance Materials

Fiber Update
Laura Murphy, Research Director - Fibers, Wood Mackenzie
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Moves to a Sustainable Future/Market Study
Mark Snider, Chief Market & Industry Analyst, INDA
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2023 RISE® Innovation Award Announcement

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Moderator: Matt O'Sickey, Ph.D., Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA