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.


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.