Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at FIT
Andy Liu specializes in luxury and high-end fashion. He earned his BFA from FIT and a postgraduate degree from Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. Companies he has worked for include Hermès, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix, and Façonnable. His personal research interest is in sustainable design such as adapting 3D-printing materials for apparel use and recycling energy through thermoregulatory or piezoelectric materials.
Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT
Joanne Arbuckle is deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT after serving as the college’s dean of the School of Art and Design for over a decade. Previously, she served for five years as assistant chair of FIT’s Fashion Design Department. She became an associate professor in 2002 and a full professor in 2006. In 2003, she won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. An industry professional with more than 30 years of experience, Arbuckle worked as a designer and merchandiser before becoming president of the fashion-industry consulting firm Design Integrity. She served for seven years on the nominating committee of the prestigious Earnie Awards in children’s wear. Arbuckle co-authored the book Historical Dictionary of Fashion and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. She earned her Master of Arts in educational administration in higher education from New York University, her Bachelor of Science in fashion design at the State University of New York Empire State College, and her Associate in Applied Science in fashion design at FIT.
professor of chemical engineering at MIT
Gregory Rutledge is a professor of chemical engineering at MIT. Research interests include: molecular engineering of soft condensed matter, polymer science and engineering, statistical mechanics and molecular simulation, and electrospinning and electrospun fibers. Rutledge holds his PhD from MIT and his BS from the University of Virginia. He has received numerous awards, most recently including being elected AIChE fellow in 2017, and fellow of the American Chemical Society, PMSE Division, in 2015, and receiving the Fiber Society Founder’s Award in 2014.
Yoel Fink is the CEO of AFFOA and former director of the research laboratory of electronics (RLE) at MIT. He is also a professor of materials science and electrical engineering at MIT. His research group has pioneered the field of multimaterial multifunctional fiber devices, and is focused on extending the frontiers of fiber materials to encompass electronic, optoelectronic and even acoustic properties for textile and composite applications. He holds a BA in physics and a BSc in chemical engineering from the Technion in Israel, and a PhD from MIT in materials science and engineering. He is the recipient of multiple awards, coauthor of scientific journal articles, and multiple U.S. patent-holder.