Degree: FTM ‘12 (Product Development and Design concentration)
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Current City: Ventura, California
Profession: Product Developer — Technical, Patagonia
Council Position: Recruitment Committee Co-Chair
How did the Wilson College of Textiles prepare you for your career?
NC State was the perfect launch pad for a career in Product Development. My degree program touched on all facets of the manufacturing process from pattern making and textile design to assembly and order of operations. I had a strong understanding of product creation before taking on my position at Patagonia.
What does it mean to be a member of the Dean’s Young Alumni Leadership Council?
The Dean’s Young Alumni Leadership Council is a mutually beneficial cause that promotes welfare within the College, but also networking between members working in textile industry. The committee fosters connections between students and the industry while encouraging continuous improvement of the Wilson College of Textiles.
What do you see in the future for the Wilson College of Textiles?
I would like to see the Wilson College of Textiles deepen its connection with industry. The college is a great resource for innovation and research. Brands and industry partners could greatly benefit from partnering with the College to push boundaries. Particularly in areas of 3D printing, whole garment knitting, and alternative bio-based fiber sources.