Russell E. Gorga

Russell Gorga

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, TECS

Textile Engineering
Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

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About Russell Gorga

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.

Academic Degrees

  • Post Doctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1997
  • B.S., Materials Engineering, Drexel University, 1994


Effect of the Spin-Line Temperature Profile on the Translocation of the Solidification Point and Jet Thinning in Unconfined Melt Electrospinning
Shabani, E., Yancheshme, A. A., Ronen, A., & Gorga, R. E. (2021), ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, 3(1), 268–278.
Effect of the spin-line temperature profile on the mechanical properties of melt electrospun polyethylene fibers
Shabani, E., & Gorga, R. E. (2021), JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE.
Mechanical Properties of Electrospun Fibers-A Critical Review
Rashid, T. U., Gorga, R. E., & Krause, W. E. (2021, May 28), ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS.
Evaluation of Infrared Absorption on Thermal Properties of Modified Modacrylic Fibers
Rich, H. A., Camatcho, A. M., Stephenson, H. J., Crew, J., Jur, J. S., & Gorga, R. E. (2020), AATCC JOURNAL OF RESEARCH, 7(2).
Cellulose-lignin biodegradable and flexible UV protection film
Sadeghifar, H., Venditti, R., Jur, J., Gorga, R. E., & Pawlak, J. J. (2017), ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 5(1), 625–631.
Effect of constrained annealing on the mechanical properties of electrospun poly(ethylene oxide) webs containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes
Bao, J. X., Clarke, L. I., & Gorga, R. E. (2016), Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics, 54(8), 787–796.
Enhanced crystallinity of polymer nanofibers without loss of nanofibrous morphology via heterogeneous photothermal annealing
Viswanath, V., Maity, S., Bochinski, J. R., Clarke, L. I., & Gorga, R. E. (2016), Macromolecules, 49(24), 9484–9492.
A one-pot biosynthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/bacterial cellulose (BC) nanocomposites
Nandgaonkar, A. G., Wang, Q. Q., Fu, K., Krause, W. E., Wei, Q. F., Gorga, R., & Lucia, L. A. (2014), Green Chemistry, 16(6), 3195–3201.
Blending with non-responsive polymers to incorporate nanoparticles into shape-memory materials and enable photothermal heating: The effects of heterogeneous temperature distribution
Abbott, D. B., Maity, S., Burkey, M. T., Gorga, R. E., Bochinski, J. R., & Clarke, L. I. (2014), Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 215(23), 2345–2356.
Control of the electric field-polymer solution interaction by utilizing ultra-conductive fluids
Thoppey, N. M., Gorga, R. E., Clarke, L. I., & Bochinski, J. R. (2014), Polymer, 55(24), 6390–6398.

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Canine Bite Force Sleeve: Proposal for TE/TT Capstone Design Program
US Army - Army Research Office(9/01/18 - 12/31/20)
Unconfined melt electrospinning with control of conductivity: a scale-up and green processing approach to fabricate nanofibers from thermoplastics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/16 - 12/31/21)
Biometrics Analysis for Animals
US Army - Army Research Office(1/01/17 - 8/21/17)
Triggering chemical degradation at end-of-life: Using light + environmentally neutral nanoparticles for internal energy deposition in plastics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/01/15 - 4/30/20)
Johnson Controls Inc. Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Project
Johnson Controls, Inc.(9/01/13 - 8/31/14)
Task 11. Research Design Project for Military Working Dog Realistic Bite Suit
US Army - Army Research Office(9/27/13 - 8/31/16)
Lignin as a Material Platform for High Value-Added Macromolecules-Hybrid Fibers
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(6/01/13 - 8/31/15)
Utilizing the Photothermal Effect of Metal Nanoparticles for Processing of Polymers
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/01/11 - 4/30/16)
A Mechanistic Understanding of the Process-Property Relationships in an Alternative Electrospinning Process
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/08 - 7/31/13)
Feasibility Investigation For Fabric-Based Ionizing Radiation Protection Garments
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(9/01/06 - 10/31/07)


  • Academy of Outstanding Teachers, NC State University, inducted 2007
  • Alpha Sigma Mu, Honorary Materials Engineering Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • 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


  • TE 463 - Polymer Engineering , Fall
  • TE/TT 401 - TE Senior Design I , Fall
  • TE/TT 402 - TE Senior Design II , Spring