In the spring of 2018, graduate students taught by Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management professor Dr. Karen K. Leonas partnered with industry leaders from American & Efird and The Sustainability Consortium to work on pressing sustainability concerns in the textile field. Through two separate projects, graduate students in TTM 591 sought solutions to problems in the areas of dyes and chemicals, packaging sustainability, recycling and wastewater -- and learned along the way that although these challenges are complex and industry-wide, small groups of enthusiastic minds can make great strides toward change.
Protection by Design
North Carolina has the sixth largest migrant worker population in the nation; conservative estimates number these farmworkers and their dependents at 150,000 per growing season. Migrant laborers face on-the-job hazards like UV radiation, heatstroke and pesticide poisoning, yet they work long days in clothing ill-suited for the fields. New Fashion and Textile Design graduate Ashley Maurice challenged herself to help these workers through a project she calls Protégete, Spanish for “protect yourself,” and Textile Technology major Ngoc Nguyen joined the team to search for a protective fabric finish for these garments.
Making an Impact: ZTE Fuels Innovation and Boosts NC Economy
Whether a local startup needs help testing a product, a national company wants assistance developing a new fiber or a global business is looking for workforce training, the College of Textiles is here to help. Since 2006, Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) has taught more than 650 courses to nearly 15,000 students with an economic impact in excess of $350 million. Read more about the extension and its mission to foster innovation and boost the local economy.
All Sewn Up
Dr. Hui Cong will soon return to her hometown in China -- but she is leaving behind a body of work that will help make better, longer lasting surgical materials. She has focused her research here at the College of Textiles on absorbable barbed sutures -- monofilaments that each look like the thorned stem of a rose -- which eliminate the need for tying knots, thus reducing surgical time and promoting wound healing.
Textile Engineering Student Leads Project on Solar Bus Stop
It is hard to believe that Christian Rust, a rising-senior Park Scholar double majoring in textile engineering and chemical engineering, once questioned his ability to make an impact on a campus as large as NC State’s. But with a passion for service and human-centered innovation, Rust has come to the right place to leave his legacy.
Revolutionizing the Pointe Shoe
Inspired by three young ballerinas in her family, graduate student Brittany Buckner is researching ways to make pointe shoes less expensive and more durable. She's looking for ballerinas to take her survey so that she can make impactful changes.
NC State experts in the College of Textiles’ Textile Protection and Comfort Center are developing and testing equipment to protect the firefighters who protect us.
Kelsey Boes, poised to receive her Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science, has a bright future in science communication.
Dr. Philip Bradford Named 2017-18 University Faculty Scholar
Philip D. Bradford, associate professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science department at NC State’s College of Textiles has been named a 2017-18 University Faculty Scholar by Chancellor Randy Woodson.
Textiles Research Open House Brings Innovation to the Forefront
On Monday, April 16, 2018, the NC State College of Textiles will host the 2018 Textiles Research Open House. This one-day event provides an opportunity for College of Textiles students to share their research with industry professionals. Organized by the Textile Association of Graduate Students with support provided by The VF Foundation, the event aims to open a dialogue and establish networks with those involved in textiles and related industries.