NexGenPPT seeks to advance the development of next-generation PPT 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 PPT and PPE designs.

Our team comprises a variety of scientific disciplines and specialties that covers human ergonomics, textile engineering, product design, wearable electronic devices, and environmental hazards (fire, chemical, biological, etc.); NexGenPPT 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.


If you're interested in supporting our team's push forward into the next generation of protective equipment and technology, please get in touch with Molly Parrott, our donor liaison.


We Are Hiring Postdoc Research Associate

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Iowa State University is seeking applications for a newly established postdoctoral research associate position focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) assisted design, development, and evaluation of personal protective equipment (PPE). This position involves efforts in research and development, grant writing, project management, and student mentoring. This position is affiliated with the Laboratories for Functional Textiles and Protective Clothing (LABS) located in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Sciences.

LABS conducts multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research and develops new polymers/textiles, smart materials, wearable technologies, and clothing systems and subsystems for human safety, health, and well-being. LABS research is focused on human physiology, ergonomics, and the functionality of clothing and PPE systems to achieve optimized performance.

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We are Hiring!!!

NexGenPPT is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate with AI experience.

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Our team was featured in the most recent issue of Forward Magazine. The NexGenPPT 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


Dr. Ankit Joshi, a member of NexGenPPT's multidisciplinary team, has received 2022 Postdoctoral Seed Grant Award.

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Grant for improving PPE for health care workers

November 3, 2021

The team, led by Guowen Song, a professor, and the Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University, received a $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the work. Song says the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in current PPE systems, which is why the team will focus on developing biological self-decontaminating fabrics to protect against live pathogens.