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Textile Protection and Comfort Center

Roger Barker and two graduate students watch PyroMan

Jun 11, 2024

TPACC Marks 30 Years of Innovating and Adapting to Meet the Needs of Government, Industry Partners

The one-of-a-kind facility on NC State’s Centennial Campus remains an invaluable asset for NC State, the Wilson College of Textiles and its partners. 

Mushfika Mica adjusts the female sweating manikin.

Jun 10, 2024

New Equipment Will Help TPACC Researchers Test Military, Fire Fighting Gear for Women Who Serve

The Wilson College of Textiles' new testing manikin should reduce gender-based discrepancies in the safety and comfort of critical gear. 

Bryan Ormond in a white lab coat

Jun 5, 2024

Textiles Faculty’s Research, Mentorship Earns Him Faculty Honors

Wilson College of Textiles Assistant Professor Bryan Ormond has been named a 2024 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor. See how he’s building a lasting legacy of mentorship and support for students. 

Adhiraj Shinde holds up a dress on a hanger and Aishwarya Lahariya looks at it. A group of other people are also in the room behind them.

May 21, 2024

Textile Engineering Alum Creates Plant-Based Artisanal Fashion Brand

Wilson College of Textiles alumnus Adhiraj Shinde’s brand, Jiwya, showcases the work of grassroots Indian textile artists.  

Iridescent Silicon Microchip

Apr 30, 2024

CHIPS Funding Fuels Two New Initiatives Backed by NC State

With nearly $50 million through the CHIPS and Science Act, our university will lead a regional innovation hub focused on wide bandgap semiconductors, called CLAWS, and also play a key role in the North Carolina Textile Innovation and Sustainability Engine, one of the first-ever NSF Regional Innovation Engines. 

An NC State student studying abroad enjoys a guided paragliding outing over Switzerland.

Apr 16, 2024

It’s a Wolfpack World

The Wolfpack may call North Carolina home, but our impact spans all seven continents. Read about faculty and student experiences in two of those continents. 

Dynamic PyroMan on fire in the Textile Protection and Comfort Center.

Mar 18, 2024

TPACC Researchers Unveil “Game-changing” Technology to Test Firefighter Thermal Wear

“Dynamic PyroMan” improves upon NC State’s 30-year-old manikin, providing a window into how thermal wear performs in flames. 

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Jan 26, 2024

New NSF Center Will Advance Textile Industry ‘Greening’

The effort aims to reduce textile waste and make advances in wearable, medical and protective textiles. 

researchers weather firefighter turnout gear in an oven.

Dec 1, 2023

Study Tests Firefighter Turnout Gear With, Without PFAS

PFAS-free outer shells fail to repel oil and hydraulic fluid, potentially bringing performance tradeoffs to firefighters. 

Bryan Ormond adjusts a uniform before testing in the Textile Protection and Comfort Center.

Aug 29, 2023

Ormond’s Career Protecting Firefighters Through TPACC Earns Him Faculty Honors

Wilson College of Textiles faculty member receives 2023 Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award.