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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.
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.
Concentrations: Fashion Design, Textile Design
Concentrations: Fashion Development and Product Management, Textile Brand Management and Marketing
Thesis-based program, Three specializations available
Non-thesis based program, Distance education options available
Multidisciplinary program focuses on mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering, Career focus on advanced industry research
Focus on fiber, textile, apparel, retail and related industries, Prepares graduates to be faculty members in colleges and universities