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Genevieve Dion

Assistant Professor and Director, Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab

Westphal College

Contact:

genevieve.dion@drexel.edu

215.895.1010

Dion is an award-winning fashion designer with an extensive background in bespoke design and industrial design. Her collections have been sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys in New York City and Holt Renfrew in Canada. Her work on permanently pleated silk is in the permanet collections of the Victoria and Albert museum in London and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Dion presented at TEDxPhiladelphia and was named one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business 2014."

She is the director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab in Drexel's Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, where she is at the center of collaborative research with partners from across the University. Her current work includes multidisciplinary reseach on knitted electronic components, smart fabrics, versatile mass production and wearable technology.

For more information about Dion

For news media inquiries, contact Britt Faulstick at bef29@drexel.edu, 215.895.2617 (office) or 215.796.5161 (cell).

In the News

  • Why Drexel is Setting Up a Smart-Fabric Manufacturing and Research Center

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Westphal College and director of the Center For Functional Fabrics, was quoted in a Nov. 15 Technically Philly story about Drexel being named to host the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center as part of its association with the Department of Defense's Advanced Functional Fabrics of America initiative.

  • Drexel University Freshmen Get 'Smart' Backpacks

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab and Drexel’s Center For Functional Fabrics, was quoted in a Sept. 17 KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM) story about Drexel freshmen receiving functional fabric backpacks, which were designed and created by the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America a research and development partnership program started by the Department of Defense. Drexel leads a regional research hub for AFFOA.

  • Why Philly is Poised to Make Big Moves in Smart Fabrics Due to Drexel, Jefferson and Israeli Partners

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab in the ExCITe Center, was quoted in a May 10 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Drexel hosting the Greater Philadelphia Smart Fabrics Conference.

  • Engineers Create Biomedical Smart Fabrics to Save Lives

    Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering, Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab in the ExCITe Center, and Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine, were featured in a Sept. 22 Electronics360 post about their work to develop a smart fabric belly band for prenatal monitoring.

  • These Smart Threads Could Save Lives

    Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering, Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab in the ExCITe Center, and Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine, were featured in a Sept. 19 episode of the National Science Foundation’s "Science Nation” series about their work to develop a smart fabric belly band for prenatal monitoring.

  • Nano Textiles Analyze Sweat for Health Monitoring

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in an Aug. 9 Advanced Textiles Source story about collaborative research with Penn to develop textiles that can analyze sweat.

  • Scientists Have Created Self-Healing Fabrics That Protect Wearers From Harmful Chemicals

    Research on self-healing materials produced using special proteins found in squid tentacles, which was led by a team from Penn State in collaboration with Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was featured in a July 26 Quartz story. 

  • The Scientific Breakthroughs Behind Modern Fabric

    Genevieve Dion, PhD, assistant professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a June 23 WHYY/Newsworks story about modern fabric innovations.

  • U.S. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab in the ExCITe Center, was quoted in an April 1 New York Times story about the Department of Defense creating a national network of research centers for advanced functional fabrics manufacturing. One of the centers will be at Drexel. Aleister Saunders, PhD, senior vice provost for research, was also quoted in a related story in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • You Can Wear This New Steampunk “Energy Storage Textile,” Thanks To US Navy

    Capacitive yarn research being undertaken by Kristy Jost, a doctoral student in the College of Engineering; Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair professor in the College of Engineering and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, and Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, was featured in a March 20 CleanTechnica post.

  • Group behind wearable fetal monitor prep for clinical trial of smart fabric

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College, Tim Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, and Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Drexel College of Medicine, were mentioned in an Oct. 16 MedCity News post about their work to develop a smart fabric belly band for fetal monitoring.

  • Drexel's Wearable-Tech Lab is Making 'A Radio Out of Fabric' for Pregnant Women

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in an Aug. 21 Technical.ly Philly post about her lab’s collaborative efforts to create a smart fabric belly band for fetal monitoring.

  • 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in an Aug. 18 PhillyMag.com post about the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards. Dion was named “Scientist of the Year” at the annual awards ceremony.

  • 2014 #PhillyGeekAwards winners

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in an Aug. 17 Newsworks.org post about the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards. Dion was named “Scientist of the Year” at the annual awards ceremony.

  • At Drexel lab, wearable tech taking shape

    Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab; Adam Fontecchio, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering and associate director of the ExCITe Center; Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering; Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine, and Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, were quoted in an Aug. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer story about their collaborative research to develop a smart textile belly band for fetal monitoring.

  • Philadelphia Geek Awards nominees announced

    Drexel faculty and staff were among the nominees for the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards, as announced by Geekadelphia, Metro Philadelphia, Newsworks and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab; Ted Daeschler, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and paleontologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Greg Lobanov, an undergraduate in Westphal College; and a Rube Goldberg device created by undergraduate students in the College of Engineering, were all nomined for awards. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was also mentioned as the host of the awards.

  • Drexel team develops 'belly band' to monitor contractions of pregnant women

    Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab; Kapil Dandekar, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering; and Owen Montgomery, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology in Drexel’s College of Medicine, were quoted in a May 22 WHYY/Newsworks.com story about their work to create a belly band that can monitor uterine contractions and fetal activity. Adam Fontecchio, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, and Timothy Kurzweg, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, were also mentioned in the piece.

  • GENEVIÈVE DION

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in the June edition of the magazine, which was posted online on May 12.

  • TEDx talks: Rethinking the future and being of Philly

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, was quoted in a March 30 Philadelphia Inquirer story about her talk at TEDxPhiladelphia. Dion discussed wearable technologies that her lab is creating.

  • TEDx touts second act for 'workshop of the world'

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, was mentioned in a March 27 WHYY/Newsworks.org story about TEDxPhiladelphia. Dion is one of the speakers at today’s TEDx event which is being held at Temple.

  • At TEDxPhiladelphia, rethinking the past to envision the city’s future

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in a March 24 Philly.com post about speakers at the upcoming TEDxPhiladelphia conference.

  • 5 speakers we’re excited to hear at TEDxPhiladelphia

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mentioned in a March 13 Technically Philly post about speakers at the upcoming TEDxPhiladelphia conference.

  • TEDxPhiladelphia is back. Here's who's speaking

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was mention in a March 7 Newsworks.org blog post about speakers at the upcoming TEDxPhiladelphia conference.

  • Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was quoted in a September 30 Associated Press story about advancements in wearable technology. The story was picked up by a number of news websites nationwide, including NPR.org

  • Wearable computers: Marty McFly, meet your jacket

    Genevieve Dion, an assistant professor and director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory, was quoted in a May 7 LiveScience story that was picked up by The Christian Science Monitor and Yahoo!News Canada about clothing that functioned as devices.

  • Q&A: The digital knitter

    Genevieve Dion, a professor in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, was featured in a Q&A about her work with smart fabrics in the April edition of Nature.

  • Extreme Knitting

    Dr. Youngmoo Kim, a professor in the College of Engineering, Genevieve Dion, director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, and John Coddington a professor, both in the Westphal College, were interviewed in a story on WHYY-Radio’s “Just You Wait” segment in a story about Drexel’s digital knitting machines and their use in research at Drexel’s ExCITe Center.

  • Shima Seiki Lab to Help Drexel Develop Smart Garments

    Genevieve Dion, assistant professor in the Westphal College was quoted on Fibre2Fashion.com in a story about the Shima Seiki lab to help Drexel develop smart garments.

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