Dr. Andrew Dent, Vice President, Library & Materials Research, 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 innovative, sustainable and advanced materials to Material ConneXion’s Library, which currently has over 7,500 materials. From Whirlpool and Adidas to BMW, Proctor & Gamble and Ikea, Dr. Dent has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies develop or improve their products through the use of innovative materials. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable and innovative material strategies and is the co-author of the Material Innovation books series, which, to date, includes Material Innovation: Architecture and Material Innovation: Product Design. Dr. Dent has also contributed to many magazines including Business Week, Fast Company and the Financial Times. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Cambridge University in England.