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Meet One of the Newest Members of Our Wilson College Family: Lauren Reggi

Photo of Lauren Reggi working in the weaving lab

By Mary Giuffrida

Lauren Reggi

  • Position: Weaving Research Specialist
  • Department: Zeis Textiles Extension
  • Hometown: Wendell, North Carolina

What was your path to this position?

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion and textile design, concentrating in fashion design, from the Wilson College of Textiles in 2020. After working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for a year, I started looking for textile related positions in the Raleigh area and found a temporary lab assistant position here at the university.

Why were you interested in this position / in working at the Wilson College?

I really enjoyed going to school here at the Wilson College of Textiles, and I wanted to be able to work in the more technical side of textiles. I liked the hands-on approach of a laboratory, so I applied!

What are your duties on a day-to-day basis?

In the weaving laboratory, we do everything from warping, beaming, sizing, drawing in, tying in, machine set up, and weaving. Some days could be spent doing machine set up, and others teaching laboratory classes to students or outside industry members. It’s always busy and always fun to come into work and see what we are going to do!

What is your favorite part of your job and/or working at the Wilson College of Textiles?

I love the environment here! Every day I get to learn something new and work with different clients, students and faculty members who do such a wide variety of work within textiles. In the same day, I could be working on the medical side of textiles, and then be helping students weave their designs on the Jacquard.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to sew, paint, travel and cook food.