Board of Directors
2023 Board of Directors
Patricia Dolez, P.Eng, Ph.D. - President
Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Expertise : protective clothing, aging of material, nanotechnologies, smart materials and natural fibers.
Sogol Asghari, M.Sc. - Vice President
Senior Product Development Specialist, PRIMED Medical Products Inc., Edmonton, Alberta & Greater Toronto Area, Ontario.
Expertise : Product development in the medical field, face mask, bacterial cell culture, technical textiles, nonwovens.
Martin Forest, M.Env, Chemist - Treasurer
Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FilSpec Inc., Sherbrooke, Québec
Expertise : Yarn spinning, continuous improvement, information systems, product development, quality control, chemistry, microbiology.
Harishkumar Narayana, Ph.D - Secretary
Mitacs Elevate Scholar, Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Textile Engineering Lead, Texavie Technologies Incorporation, Vancouver, B.C.
Expertise: Smart wearable electronic textiles (e-textiles) for AR & VR; Energy harvesting textiles (Solar & Mechanical); Smart memory polymers (fibre to fabrics); Medical & functional textiles; Work experience in apparel manufacturing; Intensive knowledge in Textile fundamentals from fibre to fabrics.
Mazeyar Parvinzadeh Gashti, Ph.D. - Director
Research Scientist, GTI Chemical Solutions and Services, Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Expertise : Electrospinning for nanofiber production, functional finishing on textiles, flame retardants, fiber extrusion.
Laura Munevar - Director
Interdisciplinary PhD candidate, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Textile Science, University of Alberta
Expertise : Protective clothing, aging of textiles, electrospinning for nanofiber production, materials characterization, and sustainability.
Josephine Bolaji - Membership Secretary
Multidisciplinary PhD candidate, Textile research, University of Alberta
Expertise : Textile Science and Technology, Supply chain logistics and management, Sustainability, product development.
Md. Saiful Hoque - Director
PhD Candidate, Textile and Apparel Science, University of Alberta
Expertise: High-performance fibers, Protective textiles, Materials characterizations, Predictive modeling, Textile engineering, Research and development, Sustainability
Jemma Forgie - Observer
M.Sc Student, Textiles and Clothing, University of Alberta
Expertise: Protective clothing, Electrospinning for nanofiber production, Sustainability
Photo credit : John Ulan