Not just “community,“ but incredible community. That’s how Imon Khan, Ph.D., captures what’s best about the Wilson College of Textiles. “I believe that I’ll be able to capitalize on the experiences I gained through my research work and student leadership role here at the college in my future career,” he said. “The quality of the education and the capabilities and research facilities the college offers are quite rare.”
Khan came to NC State and the Wilson College in 2015 to pursue graduate studies, where he earned his Master of Science in Textile Engineering (2017) and doctorate in Fiber and Polymer Science (2020). After graduating from Bangladesh University of Textiles with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology, Khan began his career in industry with companies including COATS Dye house, BASF Performance Chemicals and the French sporting goods retailer, Decathlon. “My professional tenure was mostly in the manufacturing and product development environment – and that drove me to gain research experience,” he explained.
Khan chose the Wilson College for its facilities and the wide range of research areas. What he discovered, however, was much more. “The connectivity and outreach of the community was a pleasant surprise!” he said, thinking back on his tenure as president of the Textile Association of Graduate Students.
Khan’s research focus is on polymer blend compatibility and their effects on melt-spinning process and fiber properties, highlighted by his work on an engineering project supported by the Nonwovens Institute. He plans to pursue a career that “balances my experiences and interests the most” in a technology management position.