Dr. Ericka Ford is an Assistant Professor within the College of Textiles (COT). She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science and The Nonwovens Institute. Prior to joining the College of Textiles, Dr. Ford served as a National Research Council postdoctoral awardee in Chemical and Biological Defense, Science and Technology at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. Although Dr. Ford is new to the COT, she is not a stranger to the field of textiles. By her junior year in high school, she knew that a career in textile engineering was for her. Since then, she has earned an undergraduate degree in Polymer Fiber Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), studied for a year at Leeds University in England, and worked at BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers for several summers as an Inroads intern. After being exposed to Research & Development professionals at BP Amoco, she prepared for graduate research through undergraduate experiences at Case Western Reserve University and The University of Maine. Dr. Ford earned her master’s degree in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she studied the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly coatings technologies. Her investigation of bio-based resins for wrinkle free finishing was presented at the 2006 AATCC Herman and Myrtle Student Paper Competition and placed 1st. Upon returning to Georgia Tech as a doctoral student, she investigated the gel spinning of carbon nanotube (CNT) composites for high strength, high modulus fibers. In addition to graduate research, she participated in two NSF supported IGERTs- for integrated graduate education and research training focused on the commercialization of polymers and fiber technologies. In 2005, she and others traveled to Shanghai to learn about technology commercialization and the economy in China.
Dr. Ford’s research and educational activities will involve the following:
- Protective and therapeutic nonwovens
- Engineering of high performance fibers and textiles
- Sustainable textile coatings and finishing technologies
- Training and development for science and engineering professions
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Research Council Associateship in
Chemical and Biological Defense, Science and Technology at the US Army
Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
PhD in Polymer, Textiles and Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta, GA
MS in Polymer Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg,
BS in Polymer Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta,
Junior Year Abroad, Leeds University, Leeds, England UK
TMS 211, TT 405, T491, TT 505
- Ford, E. N., Suthiwangcharoen, N., D?Angelo, P. A., and Nagarajan, R. (2014). Role of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Ester Hydrolysis and Topography of Electrospun Bovine Serum Albumin/Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. , 6 , 11741-8.
- Ford, E. N. J. and Gilbert, Y. V. (2013). Displacement Between Orders of Magnitude Method for SI Unit Conversion. Journal of Chemical Education , 90 , 134?136.
- Ford, E., Minus, M. L., Liu, T., Choi, J. I., Jang, S. S, and Kumar, S (2012). Influence of SWNTs on the Preferential Alignment of Molecular Moieties in PVA Fibers. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics , 213 , 617-626.
- Ford, E. N. J., Rawlins, J. W., Mendon, S. K., and Thames, S. F. (2011). Effect of Acid Value on the Esterification Mechanism of Maleinized Soybean Oil with Cotton. Journal of Coatings Technology and Research , 9 , 637-641.
- Ford, E. N. J., Rawlins, J. W., Mendon, S. K., and Thames, S. F (2011). Spectroscopic Analysis of Cotton Treated with Maleinized Soybean Oil. Journal of American Oil Chemists , 88 , 681-687.
American Chemical Society