Theanne Schiros: Materials Science-Led Design for Innovation in Sustainability

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Theanne Schiros: Materials Science-Led Design for Innovation in Sustainability


Four faculty received release time under the Center for Innovation Research Release Time Program, which was established last year to provide two semesters of release time for classroom faculty to pursue innovative research projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; they began working on-site in Spring 2020, but had to continue their efforts remotely. They will be presenting their research on the following topics: Keith Ellenbogen - Ocean Visualization: Discovering New York; Alexander Nagel - Antiquities Among Us: A Collaboration on the Fate of Brooklyn Navy Yard’s First Old-World Museum Collections; Theanne Schiros - Materials Science-Led Design for Innovation in Sustainability; Amy Sperber - Fashion Avatars: a Database for Diverse Bodies.
In addition to these presentations, attendees learned more about the Innovation Center at FIT, including how to apply for release time. We will also be joined by Lucia DeRespinis, Executive Director of the Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs, who will be sharing insight on working with their office to secure grants.
Theanne Schiros, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Mathematics at FIT, where she guides students to rethink materials in collaboration with nature and technology. She earned a PhD in Chemical Physics from Stockholm University before postdoctoral research at Stanford University and Columbia University on solar energy and solar fuel technology. Recently, her research focused on sustainable textile innovation has received international recognition, including the 2020 Global Change Award (Werewool), the 2020 One x One Conscious Design Initiative for a microbial bioleather technology, the 2018 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge (Algiknit) and 2017 National Geographic Chasing Genius Award – Sustainable Planet (Algiknit).



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