Theanne Schiros, PhD, is Assistant Professor at FIT, where she teaches physics, chemistry and sustainability courses. She is a faculty advisor for the Columbia University Maker Space and for F.I.T.'s biodesign challenge ( guiding students on how to rethink textiles through technology, biology and sustainable design.  She is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia University MRSEC, as well as the diversity liaison, working collaboratively across the Center for Precision Assembly of Superstratic and Superatomic Solids (PAS) to explore 2-D materials for future electronic devices and catalysts for clean energy applications. Schiros is engaged in international sustainability work with organizations such as Engineers without Borders and the Finca Morpho Permaculture collective. She has published her work in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has been the recipient of multiple grants to support this work, including the NYSERDA Fellowship, the Columbia University EFRC Fellowship, and the Hunter College Fellowship for Academic Excellence in Teaching. 


Min Zhu, Ph.D is an assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing at FIT. She holds a Ph.D degree in textile chemistry from Donghua University in Shanghai, and an MBA degree from Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. Her areas of interest include sustainable practices of textile processing, functional and performance textiles, and technical marketing and global supply chain management of textiles. Prior to joining FIT, Zhu served as R&D, marketing, and technical administration managers in global companies such as BASF, Cotton Incorporated, and TAL Apparel Ltd. Zhu has published multiple research papers on academic journals, presented at national and international conferences, and provided consultancy on textile technologies and marketing strategies in textile and fashion industry.



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