Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov is the CEO of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA Institute, with a mission to develop revolutionary advanced fiber and fabric system capabilities for commercial and national security applications. In 2017, Sasha spearheaded the founding of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC), a joint enterprise between MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Natick Soldier Systems Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and AFFOA focused on developing advanced fiber systems for critical defense problems. Sasha conducted his graduate and postdoctoral training at MIT, focusing on developing advanced fabrication capabilities for multi-material fiber devices and systems, including fiber-based chemical sensors, electro-optic modulators, multi-modal waveguides, and opto-fluidic systems. He has co-authored 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 US patents in this emerging field. Sasha earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2012 and a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005.