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Fashion of the future: the Intersection of Design and Engineering

Seed grant awards support partnership between FIT and Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fashion Institute of Technology logo The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have announced winners of a Seed Grant Awards program that is part of a unique partnership to explore the convergence of design and engineering.  Funding was provided by both schools. FIT and Stony Brook University are colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

“In the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, we constantly seek to identify new ways to integrate engineering and technology into all aspects of society,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.  “With today’s emerging technologies in fashion and textiles, our partnership with FIT enables us to explore new ways to innovate and provide our students and faculty with opportunities and learning that could lead to entrepreneurship and commercialization of their projects.”

meeting bringing together @FIT & CEAS @stonybrooku to talk innovation in smart fabrics, wearable tech & design
FIT and CEAS workshop to advance innovations in smart fabrics, wearable technology and design

“This partnership further advances FIT’s interest in exploring the intersection of design and technology,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “We anticipate that this is only the start of a relationship with CEAS that will deliver tangible results.”

The following projects were selected to receive seed funding to advance early stage research activity at the intersection of design and engineering:

Advanced Textile Materials with Selective Wetting Dynamics. Research will bring recent knowledge developed for the study of colloidal micro/nanoparticles and nanostructured solid surfaces into the development of materials that can selectively absorb and repel water and different oils.

Carlos Colosqui, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SBU CEAS
Ajoy Sarkar, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT

Waste to feedstock: Green chemistry degradation of cotton muslin waste to cellulosic precursors for circular economy textiles and biomaterials . The team will design a prototype fiber that will break down into feedstock, resulting in a zero-waste cellulosic material.

Gary Halada, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, SBU CEAS
Theanne Schiros, assistant professor, Science and Mathematics, FIT
Asta Skocir, associate professor, Fashion Design, FIT

Next Generation of Wearable Electronics on Textile: Carbon Fiber Textile as Flexible Supercapacitor Electrodes . The team will conduct an analysis to provide preliminary data for further funded research on energy storage devices that can be embedded in textiles. 

Karen Pearson, professor, Science and Mathematics, FIT
Vladimir Samuilov, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, SBU CEAS

About FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 75 years. Providing its 9,000 students with an uncommon blend of hands-on, practical experience, theory, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of affordable programs that foster innovation and collaboration. Its distinctive curriculum is geared to today's rapidly growing creative economy, including fields such as computer animation, toy design, production management, film and media, and cosmetics and fragrance marketing. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the new creative economy. Visit .

About Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Science

The Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is educating the next generation of global innovators to effect change in areas critical for improving the human condition and sustaining humanity. We are inventing the future by advancing cross-disciplinary research in engineering-driven medicine, artificial intelligence, and clean energy for a more sustainable future and much more, and are well-positioned to drive global and regional economic development.  The College is home to more than 4,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students, and nine academic departments.

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