IN-PERSON!
SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2022
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC
IN-PERSON!
SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2022
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 27

Breakfast Connections
8:00 am - 8:30 am

RISE 2022 - Student Posters

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

RISE 2022 - Welcome

8:30 am - 8:35 am

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President Emeritus, INDA

Towards a More Circular Industry

8:35 am - 10:05 am

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

Achieving Supply Chain Circularity
Kat Knauer, Ph.D., Program Manager - V Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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TENTATIVE TITLE: Biobased Inputs for Single-use Applications
Jason Locklin, Ph.D., Director, University of Georgia - New Materials Institute
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David Grewell, Ph.D., Center Director, Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:30 am

Advancements in Sustainable Inputs: PLA

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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

PLA & PLA Blends: Practical Aspects of Extrusion
Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, And Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University
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TENTATIVE TITLE: Enhanced PLA Degradability, PLA-based Coatings, Interesting Biopolymer Combinations and Promising Blends
Liz Johnson, Ph.D., VP Technology, NatureWorks LLC
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Biobased Multicomponent Structures Providing Unique Characteristics and Sustainable Properties to Nonwovens
Kristel Beckers, Sr. Application Technician, Total Corbion PLA
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Buffett Lunch
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Coffee & Networking Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Developments in Natural Fibers I

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Vinit Singh, Ph.D., Global Innovation Segment Manager, Glatfelter Sontara Old Hickory, Inc

Exploring Natural Fibers in Nonwovens
Paul Latten, Director of Research & Development & New Business, Southeast Nonwovens, Inc.
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Hemp is Strong – Are You?
Olaf Isele, Nonwovens Consultant, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC
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Coffee & Networking Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Developments in Natural Fibers II

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Moderator: Olaf Isele, Nonwovens Consultant, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC

TITLE TBA
Brian Condon, Ph.D., Research Leader, Cotton Chemistry & Utilization, USDA - ARS
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Kay McCoy, Technical Sales Representative, Pulcra Chemicals LLC
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RISE Innovation Award

2022 RISE® Innovation Award Presentations

4:30 pm - 5:00 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.

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Reception & NWI Facility Tour

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

RSVP Required - Limited to 50 attendees

Wednesday, September 28

Breakfast Connections
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Sustainable Inputs: Fibers & Biofibers

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Moderator: Matt Migliore, Managing Editor, Nonwovens, Fastmarkets RISI, Inc.

Redesigning Plastics to be Recyclable-by-Design
Kat Knauer, Ph.D., Program Manager - V Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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Stereochemistry Strategies to Toughen Sugar Based Polymers and Degradable Elastomers
Matthew Becker, Ph.D., Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor, Duke University
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TITLE TBA
Bryan Haynes, Ph.D., Senior Technical Director, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Novel Biobased Resins Outperforming Plastics and Other Biodegradable Biopolymers
Steven Sherman, CEO, BioLogiQ, Inc.
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Coffee & Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Waste Not, Want Not - Sustainable Inputs from Waste Products

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Potential Nonwoven Applications of Tree-Free Fibres Made from Microbial Cellulose
Heidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey, LLC
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Ultra Fine Fibers Made from Recycled Materials
Takashi Owada, General Manager, Teijin Frontier (U.S.A.), Inc.
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Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Coffee & Networking Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Economic Insights & Market Intelligence

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Moderator: Meghan Holliday, Associate Director, Nonwovens Marketing, Cotton Incorporated

North American Economic Outlook
Robert Fry, Jr., Ph.D., Principal, Robert Fry Economics LLC
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North American Nonwoven Material Outlook in a Post-Pandemic and Slowing Economic World
Brad Kalil, Director of Market Intelligence and Economic Insights, INDA
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2022 RISE® Innovation Award Announcement

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Moderator: Dave Rousse, President Emeritus, INDA