Corn Reborn

Sofia Marroquin, Maria Regina Mendez, Salome Montenegro, Ana Luz Valenzuela

The project seeks to create a new textile with husks from corn, one of Guatemala’s staple crops. By mixing hydrolyzed husks with a mix of wax, glycerol, and citric acid, the team created early prototypes to replace polyester fabrics.


Instructors and mentors

 

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Roberto Enrique Sosa is an Architect with a Master's degree in Planning and Urban Management. It also has a specialization in office design and furniture design. It has combined his professional career with University teaching, being a University professor from 2002 to the present day. He has participated as a consultant and researcher in high impact projects and is interested in the development of new materials and technologies in the field of architecture, furniture and urban equipment.

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Luis Ricardo Alvarez Giron has a Ph.D. in Entomology, an M.Sc. in Entomology, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is an Agronomist Engineer, Post Doctorate in Polyce Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Juan Pablo Arocha is a Business Development Manager at a Life and Analytical Sciences Company based in Central America. Juan Pablo has more than 15 years of experience in Genomics, Molecular Diagnostics, Applied Biotechnology and Research and Development. Co-founder of the first community laboratory in Central America. His interest is to build biotechnology-based businesses in the region by provinding access to seed capital, angel investments, a network of mentors and access to infrastructure. Background in International Business and Economics.

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Josinna Barahona Olivares is a biotechnologist with a major in research and project management. She has led and participated in several projects of research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Today she is the CEO of a startup and is dedicated to social innovation.


 

Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library.