Andrew Dent

Vice President
Material ConneXion
Andrew Dent

As vice president, library & materials research, Dr. Andrew H. Dent plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of the more than 50-60 new materials juried into Material ConneXion’s Materials Library on a monthly basis. He oversees libraries in New York, Milan, Cologne, Daegu, and Bangkok, an online database of over 5,000 materials, and the creation of content for trend reports and workshops. Since joining Material Connexion, Andrew has helped hundreds of clients-from Whirlpool and Adidas to BMW and Proctor & Gamble-develop or improve their products through the use of innovative materials. A leading expert on sustainable materials, his insight has played an important part in creating a new generation of more sustainable products. Andrew has contributed to many publications and books and is a frequent speaker on materials innovation across many design disciplines. In addition to having penned a bi-weekly “Material Innovation” column for BusinessWeek’s online innovation channel, he is the co-author of “Material Connexion: A Global Resource of New And Innovative Materials For Architects, Artists And Designers” with George M. Beylerian and “Ultramaterials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World.”

Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Cambridge, England, 1994




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