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.
Two Textiles Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Extension Service
Two College of Textiles faculty members have received the NC State University Outstanding Extension Service Award, which acknowledges exceptional extension engagement and economic development activities. Learn more about recipients Dr. Karen K. Leonas and Dr. Bryan Ormond.
Dr. Cynthia L. Istook Named Cornelson Family Distinguished Professor
Dr. Cynthia Istook, professor in the department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM), has been named the Cornelson Family Distinguished Professor of Textile and Apparel Design, effective April 1. The professorship was established in 1987 to help advance the field of textile and apparel design. Istook is a leader in this field, molding tomorrow’s pioneers and actively working to improve apparel design through emerging technology.
Pourdeyhimi and Seyam Win Holladay Medals
Two Textiles faculty received Holladay Medals, the university’s highest honor. The Holladay Medal recognizes outstanding achievement and sustained impact in research, teaching or extension and engagement.
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.
Bill Oxenham Receives Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award
William Oxenham, the Abel C. Lineberger Chaired Professor at NC State University’s College of Textiles, was one of four NC State faculty to receive the Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award for for 2018. The award, which recognizes outstanding graduate level teaching at NC State, was presented at the 2018 Faculty Awards and Mathews Medal Ceremony on April 23, 2018.
Alumnus Colin Holloway Delivers Game Changing Products for VF
As lead developer for VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center, NC State College of Textiles double alumnus Colin Holloway works toward one goal: developing breakthrough technologies for new products. It’s a role that Holloway embraces.
Andre West Named 2018 Textiles Leader of the Year
NC State’s College of Textiles has named Andre West the 2018 Leader of the Year. West, who is an assistant professor in the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management department, will receive his award at a banquet on April 3.
Osborne Scholarship Gives Grad Students Freedom to Focus
The first Osborne Scholarship recipients are as diverse as the textile field itself, ranging in focus from fashion to developing polymeric materials. What they share is a commitment to the future of the textile industry and a zest for lifelong education.