Jack Forman

Fashion Designer

United States of America

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AWARDS

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Human-material interaction was a calling I have long been nurturing. It brought me to my bachelor’s Carnegie Mellon University, where I double-majored in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME), to learn more from nature’s demonstrations of what matter could be: programmable, adaptive, and responsive. After cultivating a solid technical foundation, I ventured from studying to making. In third and fourth year, I first-authored a CHI paper on a reversible morphing artificial muscle fiber [1]. I also led the design of a morphing clothing collection with that fiber, and showed it at a fashion show of over 1,000 attendees, and published a co-first authored CHI late-breaking work on hydrogel-textile actuators[2]. After graduating with top honors at Carnegie Mellon, I am now a second-year M.S. student at the MIT Media Lab, in the Tangible Media Group with Professor Hiroshi Ishii. I presented my UIST 2020 full paper on 3D printing fabric via under extrusion and received an honorable mention for Best Demo. My side project, an opacity changing smart material eye project, was awarded an honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the Students Category. I am also the co-president of LGBT Grad@MIT, and a diversity representative on the Graduate School Committee. In my Ph.D., I am interested in studying programmable matter. Emerging digital fabrication methods allow for the precise control of a material’s properties from the micro to the macroscopic scale. With these approaches, digital information can be embedded into materials as defects, thereby controlling a material’s properties. A question I am planning to address in my research is: how can new programmable material fabrication platforms be developed to empower the creation of human-centered responsive devices?

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EDUCATION

Massachusettes Institute of Technology (2019-Present): M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University (2015-2019): B.S. in Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering

WORKING EXPERIENCES

Tangible Media Group, MIT | Cambridge, MA September 2019 - present
Experiences Research Assistant
Invented fast, inexpensive approach to 3D print fully-fabricated textiles
Working on bridging Biological Computing with Human-Computer Interaction

Accenture Future Technologies Lab | Somerville, MA June 2020 - August 2020
R&D Researcher
Investigating 3D Printing and Fabrication Technologies


Morphing Matter Lab, CMU | Pittsburgh, PA August 2017 - August 2019
Undergraduate Research Lead
Invented and published novel 2-way shape changing thread actuators
Created an untethered soft robotic jellyfish
Lead a team of graduate students in a research collaboration with Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder Companies | Melville, NY May 2018 – August 2018
Materials Science R&D Intern
Tested and analyzed polymer-surfactant compatibility for swelling and stress cracking
Improved the accuracy of the stress crack testing by 30 times
Developed two goniometer operating procedures for contact and sliding angle analysis
Introduced a theoretical framework for predictive compatibility testing

United States Steel Corporation | Munhall, PA June 2017 – April 2018
Metallography Intern
Developed a setup and procedure for electropolishing steel that allowed for a 20% improvement in retained austenite measurements
Programmed excel spreadsheets to analyze a vast array of employee statistics

North Atlantic Industries | Bohemia, NY Summer 2016
Test Engineering Intern
Analyzed existing circuit designs to determine appropriate test strategy and specified test requirement; worked with senior engineers to learn how to recommend test equipment
Collaborated with a software engineering team to develop test programs to verify functional operations of NAI products

High Entropy Alloys Group, Carnegie Mellon | Pittsburgh, PA Spring 2016
Research Assistant
Assisted a graduate student in making blocks of severalhigh entropy alloys using a miniarc melting system, and creatednanocomposite flakes using a melt spinner
Characterized alloys using Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray diffraction

AWARDS AND PRIZES

Honorable Mention Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards 2020 (Student Category: Heliozzz)

SELECTED PROJECTS

DefeXtiles

FUNCTION:

Textile Fabrication

LOCATION:

Cambridge

YEAR:

2020

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ABOUT

DefeXtiles is a rapid and low-cost technique to produce realistic high-fidelity textiles on 3D printers. In this work, we demonstrate that under-extrusion defects can be finely controlled to quickly print thin flexible textiles into complex 3D shapes. Our approach enables a myriad of applications including printing full sized garments, deformable tangible interfaces, and ultra-tough shuttlecocks.

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Jack Forman

COPYRIGHTS:

Jack Forman

DefeXtiles

FUNCTION:

Textile Fabrication

LOCATION:

Cambridge

YEAR:

2020

Aerial View of Forest

ABOUT

DefeXtiles is a rapid and low-cost technique to produce realistic high-fidelity textiles on 3D printers. In this work, we demonstrate that under-extrusion defects can be finely controlled to quickly print thin flexible textiles into complex 3D shapes. Our approach enables a myriad of applications including printing full sized garments, deformable tangible interfaces, and ultra-tough shuttlecocks.

Aerial View of Forest
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Jack Forman

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