Nov 13, 2017 |

CSI: College of Textiles

One can gather an extraordinary amount of information from a few drops of blood at a crime scene, but when blood stains a textile as opposed to landing on a hard surface, the evidence is more difficult to interpret. College of Textiles professor Dr. Stephen Michielsen is one of few experts in the specialized field of textile forensics, and he recently conducted a workshop for crime scene professionals from across the country and Canada to further their understanding of the interaction of blood and textiles.

Nov 10, 2017 |

Robert “Bob” Wiggins ‘52, ’65 M, Named Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Robert “Bob” Wiggins received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Textiles during the NC State Alumni Association’s annual Evening of Stars Gala held Nov. 3. Recipients of this award have excelled in their careers, made a difference in their communities and given back to their alma mater. Wiggins is being recognized specifically for his outstanding contributions to the textile industry.

Nov 7, 2017 |

Building a Better Bra

It’s almost a rule that the more attractive a bra is, the less comfortable it feels -- and vice versa. A bra that doesn’t cause shoulder or back pain, supports the breasts and allows freedom of movement has all the aesthetic appeal of an ACE bandage, while a bra built for looks is as pleasant to wear as a stiletto heel. NC State College of Textiles student Sophie Nunno-Gorbachev ‘19 believes there is a better way, and, as the recent recipient of a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research, she is well on her way to designing a bra that marries form and function.

Oct 30, 2017 |

Ellen Rohde Leadership Endowment Prepares Students for Success

Following a 22-year career with apparel giant VF Corporation, Ellen Rohde — now president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation — has dedicated her post-retirement life to equipping students at NC State with workforce skills that will make them successful leaders and major contributors to society. With a $1.2 million gift, she established an endowment that aims to provide students at the College of Textiles with the type of impactful leadership training that helped her become the first female division president in VF’s history.