Eighteen Wilson College of Textiles students competed in the 11th Annual NC State Graduate Student Research Symposium held March 23. When the judging was done, two had claimed top spots. Ruth Adikorley, who is in the Textile Technology Management doctoral program, took first place in the Social Sciences and Management category, while Allison Bowles, a student in the master’s of science in textiles program, took third place in the same category.

The annual event included poster presentations from more than 200 graduate students across NC State University and was judged by faculty, and students. The goals of the event are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at NC State, in addition to providing students with the opportunity to practice and enhance their communication skills with those outside of their discipline. The symposium was sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association. Students are nominated by directors of graduate programs.

Adikorley’s presented on “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Competitiveness in the U.S. Apparel Market”. Her advisors are Dr. Kristin Thoney-Barletta, Dr. Jeff Joines and Dr. Lori Rothenberg.

Ruth Adikorley
Ruth Adikorley

Bowles presented on “Size Grading of Zero Waste Garments”. She is advised by Dr. Katherine Annett -Hitchcock.

Allison Bowles
Allison Bowles


The other 16 Wilson College of Textiles students who competed are listed below. To read more about each student’s research, check out the abstracts from the event. Textiles is featured beginning on page 81.     

Forrest Cannon

Graduate Program: Textile Engineering

“A Comparison of Mattresses Using a Thermal Manikin”

Advisor: Dr. Emiel Den Hartog

Yavuz Caydamli

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science

“Comparison of the Behavior of PEG-POSS Stars with Unlinked POSS in PEO Films”

Advisors: Dr. Alan E. Tonelli, Dr. Richard J. Spontak

Jiyang Chen 

Graduate Programs: Wilson College of Textiles; College of Veterinary Medicine and UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering; Wilson College of Textiles, Donghua University, Songjiang District, Shanghai, China.

“A Biodegradable Knitted Cardiac Patch For Myocardium Regeneration Using Cardiosphere-derived Cells (CDCs)”

Advisors: Dr Andre J. West, Dr Ke Cheng, Dr Martin W. King

Ashish Kapoor and Kony Chatterjee

Graduate Programs: Fiber and Polymer Science, and Textile Engineering

“Fiber based Active Sensory Textiles”

Advisors: Dr. Tushar K. Ghosh, Dr. Alper Bozkurt

Jennifer D. Leary

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science; Textile Technology Management

“Carbon-Treated Fibers for High Surface Area Supercapacitor Electrodes: A Comprehensive Study of Processing Parameters”

Advisors: Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Dr. Benoît Mazé

Meredith McQuerry 

Graduate Program: Textile Technology Management

“Ventilation of Structural Firefighter Turnout Suits: Reducing Heat Strain and Improving Physiological Comfort”

Advisors: Dr. Emiel DenHartog and Dr. Roger Barker

Yusuke Mukai

Graduate Program: Textiles

“Inkjet-Printed Wearable Antenna for Hyperthermia Therapy: Comparison between Simulation and Measurement”

Advisor: Dr. Minyoung Suh

Anita Nagavalli 

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science

“Advanced Layering System and Design for the Increased Thermal Protection of Wildland Fire Shelters”

Advisors: Dr. Alexander Hummel and Dr. Roger Barker

Yingjie Ou

Graduate Program: Textile Technology Management

“Evolution of Emerging Technologies for Producing Fabrics for Air Filtration”

Advisors: Dr. William Oxenham, Dr. Kristin Thoney-Barletta

Rachel Relyea, MS 

Graduate Program: Textile Technology Management

“Determinants of success and best practices for fashion incubators in the United States”

Advisors: Dr. Katherine Annett-Hitchcock, Dr. Marguerite Moore

Farzad Rezaei 

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science

“Polymeric Encapsulation via Plasma Surface Polymerization”

Advisors: Dr. Peter Hauser and Dr. Michael Dickey

Jialong Shen 

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science

“The Structural Bases for Polymer Glass Transition Temperatures”

Advisor: Dr. Alan E. Tonelli

Xiaoqi Tang 

Textile Engineering

“Uniaxial and Biaxial Mechanical Performance of 3D Knitted Muscle Tendon Junction Scaffolds”

Advisor: Dr. Martin W. King

Cody Zane 

Graduate Program: Textile Chemistry

“Fire Retardants: New Ways to Reduce Exposure”

Advisors: Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli and Dr. Nelson Vinueza

Jiadeng Zhu

Graduate Program: Fiber and Polymer Science

“A Superior Carbon-Coated Separator for Achieving Exceptional High Performance Lithium-Sulfur Batteries”

Advisor: Dr. Xiangwu Zhang