Dr. Russell E. Gorga is Professor of Textile Engineering, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Department Head in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department at NC State University. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the Fiber and Polymer Science program and has affiliate appointments in both Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Gorga is currently involved in creating new processing modalities for nanofiber fabrication with applications ranging from tissue scaffolds (for regenerative medicine), antimicrobial fabrics, and filtration applications.
Dr. Gorga is the co-director of the Textile Engineering and Textile Technology Senior Design Capstone Program where the students learn how to apply the technical design cycle coupled with project management and teambuilding skills while working to solve open-ended industry relevant problems. In addition, he is also very active in problem and project based learning (PBL) initiatives and active learning pedagogies (including a flipped classroom approach).
In 2010, Dr. Gorga received the “Professional Progress in Engineering Award” from the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Gorga received the NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award (2007 and 2016), the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award (2016), the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award (2017), and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers (2007).
Before coming to NC State, Dr. Gorga was a post-doctoral associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers using carbon nanotubes. Earlier, Dr. Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation (where he received the Special Recognition Award in 1998) from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semi-crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications.
Dr. Gorga is also extremely interested in classroom innovations, and continually seeks new ways to make the classroom a learning-focused environment.
In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, kayaking, photography, and music.
Dr. Gorga is currently involved in creating new processing modalities for nanofiber fabrication with applications ranging from tissue scaffolds (for regenerative medicine), antimicrobial fabrics, and filtration applications. Specific interests lie in elucidating the processing, structure, property relationships of nanofibrous webs spun from novel methods.
Post Doctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002 – 2003
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1997
B.S., Materials Engineering, Drexel University, 1994
TE 463 – Polymer Engineering
TE/TT 401 – TE Senior Design I
TE/TT 402 – TE Senior Design II
TMS 211L- Introduction to Fiber Science Laboratory
TMS 761 – Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Fibers
TE 105 – Introduction to Textile Engineering and Systems
TE 565 – Composites
TMS 500 – Microscopy
Academy of Outstanding Teachers, NC State University, inducted 2007
Alpha Sigma Mu, Honorary Materials Engineering Society
American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society, NC Section, Polymer Discussion Group, President
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Physical Society
The Fiber Society
Materials Research Society
Sigma Xi, Honorary Research Society, MIT Chapter
Tau Beta Pi, Honorary Engineering Society