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.


Jenelle Davis

Jenelle proudly hails from Saskatoon, Canada. She holds both a BA and MA in Art History from McGill University and the University of Toronto respectively and is working towards a PhD in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on the politics of memory and a diverse range of commemorative practices and the memorialization of traumatic events. Jenelle has worked as a curator, art critic and expert piñata-maker to name a few of her professional endeavors and has spent several years working, traveling and studying abroad. Jenelle is dedicated to promoting art as social practice, redefining the borders of public art, fostering broader inclusivity and participation in the arts, and to supporting Canadian hockey.


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. 


Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith has her BFA in graphic design from LSU in Louisiana and is currently a MFA candidate in graphic design at the University of Illinois. She has won many awards for her book cover design while working at LSU Press, University of Chicago Press, and Duke University Press. Currently her research is focused on sustainable design how design can encourage circular economies.