Luke Haverhals Named to “Researcher to Know in 2021” List

August 16, 2021

Congratulations to Alliance member, Dr. Luke Haverhals, who has been named to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition's "Researcher to Know in 2021" list.  

Dr. Luke Haverhals, a professor at Bradley University, will have his name added to a list that showcases standout researchers from across the state whose innovative work takes place on college campuses.

Director of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Matthew Bragg, released the following statement on Monday:

"Each of the researchers chosen for the honor has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their research field... This year’s group of researchers includes those fighting COVID-19 and preventing diseases; advancing energy and sustainability; using data and pioneering analytics; and founding new companies.”

In 2015, he co-founded Natural Fiber Welding, which has partnered with popular retail brands such as Ralph Lauren and Allbirds because of its eco-friendly, high-functioning products. Some of the products contain a performance cotton textile made with revitalized recycled fibers and a high-performance, plant-based alternative to leather.