URI prof., Propel chief update Rhode Island textile network

Posted April 15, 2021


A recent Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN) web event featured Dr. Martin Bide, professor in the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design in the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island, and Clare King, president of Propel, LLC.


During the event, Bide discussed the research and testing that has been conducted at the URI labs. Bide teaches courses in textile science-related subjects and has maintained the URI textile lab and consulted on a range of projects with local industry.

His research, chiefly in biomedical materials and sustainability has led to more than 100 papers, book chapters and patents. Martin, a past president of the AATCC and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, announced that he will be retiring­ ­but will transition with his replacement.


King has been at the cutting edge of textile technology innovations for her entire career. For over a decade, she has led a team at Propel focused on developing new textile-based solutions from fiber to complete systems for the U.S. military. She is particularly excited and engaged in the intersection of textile technology with other scientific and technical fields and by the opportunities this creates for applying textile innovations in completely new ways. Clare holds degrees from Oxford and Princeton Universities.


King talked about the award she received from IFAI, and why she was donating the $5,000 prize to the URI Textile Science Support Fund. She also announced a challenge grant of an additional $5,000, matching $1 for every $2 in donations to the URI Textile Science Support Fund.


To donate to the URI Textile Science Support Fund,  make checks payable to the URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement, and write "URI TMD Textile Science Support Fund" in the memo line. Mail checks to:


URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement

POB 1700

Kingston, RI 02881


Michael Woody, CEO of Trans-Tex LLC and chairman of the RITIN moderated.


Watch the recording of the event: https://bit.ly/3acLDDC.

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