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The Textile Engineering program is accredited by ABET, and is a joint program between the College of Engineering and the Wilson College of Textiles. Textile engineering courses deal with the application of scientific and engineering principles to the design and control of all aspects of fiber, textile, and apparel processes, products, and machinery. These include natural and man-made materials, interaction of materials with machines, safety and health, energy conservation, and waste and pollution control. Additionally, students are given experience in plant design and layout, machine and wet process design and improvement, and designing and creating textile products. Throughout the textile engineering curriculum, students take classes from other engineering and disciplines including: mechanical, chemical, materials and industrial engineering departments.

Textile Engineering ABET Information

The Textile Engineering program at NC State is the only ABET-accredited textile engineering program in the U.S. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that focuses on the accreditation of disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The ABET accreditation criteria focus on what students experience and learn in technical disciplines, with a strong emphasis on quality, precision, and safety. According to the ABET website, “Our accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.” More information about ABET and its accreditation process can be found on their website.

As part of ABET accreditation, each program needs to define Program Educational Objectives and Student Suboutcomes that map to the ABET A-K Student Outcomes, all of which are given below for the Textile Engineering program.

Mission Statement

The Textile Engineering Program will be recognized as the premier international program for preparing engineering graduates for successful careers in the textile value chain as well as other industries. This recognition will be based upon the excellence of: entering students, faculty, resources, educational experiences, student and faculty diversity, and impact on the industry.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, alumni from the Textile Engineering program will have attained:

  1. Recognized contributions in the workplace that involve creative and critical thinking in applying the discipline’s body of knowledge and for tackling contemporary issues and engineering challenges that face our global society;
  2. Recognition as effective problem solvers with a commitment to professionalism, ethical conduct and safety;
  3. Established communication and teaming skills in a professional environment;
  4. Evidence of continuous learning through seeking educational and developmental opportunities and by adapting to ever-changing economic, social, and technological environments.

TE Student Outcomes:

As a result of successful completion of the Textile Engineering Program in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University, graduates should demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.