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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Process, Preservation, and Fashioning Food Waste
FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
Conversation: Mimi Prober, Artist and Designer; Dr. Karen Pearson, Professor, Science and Math; Susanne Goetz, Associate Professor, Textile/Surface Design.
Mimi Prober, Designer, Sustainability Specialist: Mimi Prober integrates the artistry of the past to establish a sustainable future. A graduate of FIT, she has received acclaim for her philosophy of and sustainable approach to design, translating her personal and professional passions into pioneering sustainability in the industry. Prober is dedicated to sustainable practices of natural dyeing, textile narratives, preservation, and process and to honoring those involved in textile creation, both past and present, from farm to fiber, searching for forgotten textiles and handcraft with documented stories to tell. A collection piece is part of the permanent collection at The Museum at FIT, and her work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion exhibit.
Dr. Karen Pearson, Professor, Science and Math, Fashion Institute of Technology: Karen Pearson, PhD, is a professor of Science and Math at FIT and is the co-chair of the college’s Sustainability Council. She has won a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, has been noted as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in STEM, and is a recipient of FIT’s President’s Award for Excellence. Pearson has done extensive work in the development of interdisciplinary STEAM curricula and programming at FIT and is the recipient of multiple research and program awards, including those from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Her research outside of the classroom is focused on the design, synthesis, and application of new materials that have potential in low-energy devices, such as thin-film transistors (TFTs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Susanne Goetz, Associate Professor, Textile/Surface Design, Fashion Institute of Technology: Susanne Goetz is an associate professor in the Textile/Surface Design Department. She has worked internationally as a textile designer, lecturer, researcher, and project manager. Her expertise is in printed textile design, sustainable textiles, and artisanship, focusing on digital and traditional approaches to design and production. Her research and teaching practice focus on global sustainable design, manufacturing, and business practices, as well as innovative interdisciplinary work where design and science overlap. Susanne holds an MSc in Textile and Apparel Technology Management from North Carolina State University and a BA in Textile Design from Hof University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
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