At the Wilson College of Textiles, research is an inseparable part of our mission along with education and service.
Solving for the Future of Textiles
Our faculty and staff hail from five continents and span diverse research areas from textile design and management to engineering and chemistry. They are committed to advancing the polymer, fiber, textile, retail and related industries through discovery and creative innovation and knowledge dissemination.
With two vibrant academic departments - Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) - and world renowned centers and institutes including the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE), the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) and the Nonwovens Institute (NWI), the College is uniquely poised to work with our partners to solve problems.
In 2017-18, the Wilson College of Textiles secured research funding and technical and services contracts and grants totaling nearly $10 million from 149 separate companies and 11 federal agencies.
Faculty members average more than $160,000 in funding (12 percent higher than the University average of $144,000 / faculty member)
Our faculty and students had an outstanding 2017-18 in knowledge dissemination:
- 167 peer-review papers
- More than 200 juried exhibits / non-referred publications / presentations
- 13 patents and 11 patent disclosures
- 2 books and 13 book chapters
- 115 theses and dissertations
Our extensive facilities offer capabilities in testing, analysis, fabrication and product development. The use of these facilities is governed by a simple agreement called “Testing Service Agreement“. Our facilities become an extension of your capabilities.
- Zeis Textiles Extenstion (ZTE)
- Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC)
- The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
Research and development activities beyond testing, analysis and fabrication can be undertaken by our faculty. Use our directory to find individals whose expertise fits your needs. These activities are governed by an agreement called “Sponsored Project Agreement”. Together, our faculty, students and staff will work with you to address your specific needs in research and / or product development.
Faculty engagement can take the form of small research and development agreements as indicated above. Alternatively, you may engage the faculty and staff in consulting services. These agreements are executed with the individual faculty / staff; the faculty / staff will follow university established protocol in engaging in such services to ensure compliance with all State rules / regulations.