We are currently working with these talented Illinois folks:

We collaborate with people from Engineering, Agriculture, and Architecture to test the properties of our fibers at various scales and shapes.


Matt Turino

Matt Turino is the Farm Manager at the Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an accomplished musician


Mark Taylor

With a background in three-dimensional design, Associate Professor Taylor has worked in the fields of interior design, construction management, architecture, and scenic construction for the film industry. His experiences have taken him across the US, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. He was the architectural faculty lead for the University of Illinois Solar Decathlon projects in 2009 and 2011. He typically teaches and architectural design studios in both the undergraduate and graduate program. His seminar offering challenges students to fully engage in the making process. In 2017 his class “up-cycled” ridged foam insulation to create surfboards.


Jennifer Teper

Jennifer Hain Teper serves as the Velde Preservation Librarian at the University of Illinois Libraries overseeing conservation, collections care, digital preservation, and digitization services throughout the library system.  Before her current position began in 2009, she served as the head of conservation at the University of Illinois libraries from 2001-2008. Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August of 2000 with a MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials.  She teaches several preservation and conservation related courses in the Graduate School of Information Science at the University of Illinois and also serves as an instructor at the International Preservation Studies Center and the Center for Collections Care.


Sameh Tawfick

Assistant Professor Sam Tawfick studies the manufacturing of a material known as carbon nanotube (CNT) an advanced synthetic fiber famous for its exceptional strength at low weight density, exceeding the properties of steel and the best carbon fibers. 


Quinn Morgan Ferris

Quinn Morgan Ferris is the Senior Conservator for Special Collections at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. Quinn's current position at the U of I includes an added emphasis on supervision, leadership in the lab, and academic research as well as working with graduate assistants, organizing bi-annual topical colloquiums, participation in grant writing and execution, and actively contributing to the field through publication and presentation opportunities. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, and is the process of developing workshop modules for training and outreach purposes both locally within the library and campus community, and for use in other university library contexts. Quinn is a graduate of New York University's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, where she was a Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in Library and Archives Conservation.