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Genevieve Dion
Full Professor, Design Department
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Founder, Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab
Director, Center for Functional Fabrics



URBN Center, 310H

Genevieve Dion is a Design Scientist with extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design. Her design work is in the permanent collections of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the core of her work Dion explores novel processes that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into unique three-dimensional forms. Within this focus her research team investigates modular production and mass customization of 3D knit fabrication for the development of seamlessly integrated fabric interfaces, "Textile and Garment Devices”.

In 2012, Dion launched The Shima Seiki Haute Tech Lab (HTL) to conduct transdisciplinary research on functional fabrics. Dion was named one of Fast Company's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014 for her creative approach toward the design and fabrication of functional fabrics. She now directs the Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF) at Drexel University and leads with the newly founded Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC).  The PA FDC is a regional center affiliated with the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Manufacturing Innovation Institute (AFFOA) located in Cambridge, MA, aimed at facilitating growth in the advanced fabric space.  Her research group receives funding from NSF, NHI and Keck Futures and AFFOA.