NexGenPPT seeks to advance the development of next-generation PPE systems for human safety and health by applying a convergent approach incorporating emerging technologies through interdisciplinary team building, including novel material, technologies, modeling, instrumentation, laboratory simulation, and specially designed human trials. Recent efforts have also been placed on establishing AI and machine learning-powered models and simulations for developing intelligent interfaces and enhancing human-centered PPE design.

Our team comprises a variety of scientific disciplines and specialties that cover human ergonomics, textile engineering, product design, wearable electronic devices, and environmental hazards (fire, chemical, biological, etc.); NexGenPPE looks to the future of how both equipment and technology will be used for human safety.

Our team is invested in all aspects of personal protective technology and PPE development, supplementing our research and development with top-of-the-line equipment and incorporating AI and machine learning to strengthen the scientific process as we invest in the education of future scientists. Our priority is protecting from hazards and ensuring the future has everything it needs to flourish.

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Our team was featured in the most recent issue of Forward Magazine. The NexGenPPE team discussed the importance of healthcare worker PPE and how this area needs to be improved for the safety and comfort of emergency personnel. Read more

Mengying's Seed Grant Award

Dr. Mengying Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, has been awarded the 2023 Postdoctoral Seed Grant Award from Iowa State University. 

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New gloves are being designed at Iowa State University for firefighters with the intention of being less bulky and increasing dexterity.