Danielle (Dani) Ryan, is a Functional Apparel Designer at the Wyss Institute, where she will focus on bioinspired wearable robotics. She has always been fascinated by the intersection of apparel and science, particularly with pieces like spacesuits that are used by humans in extreme environments. Dani received her B.F.A. in fashion design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She launched her career through design positions with Reebok and New Balance where she created everything from bras to outerwear to pieces for Heidi Klum’s New Balance collection. Dani will be focusing on a DARPA-funded project developing a soft exosuit to augment human walking.