Meet Our Graduate Students

Student Last Names Ending in:

Kristin Adejuwon

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management at North Carolina State University. I previously attended Virginia State University, where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising Management. Throughout my undergraduate experience, I was ranked as a top 20 finalists in the nation in the Cotton University 24 Hour Runway Show Design Competition. Also, I interned and worked as a Textiles instructor for the Richmond City Growing 4-H Science Institute where I helped promote sustainable practices around campus. However, at NC State I plan to continue to work towards my goal of becoming a textile and apparel designer. I look forward to utilizing the technology that the Wilson College of Textiles provides and I remain optimistic in all of my endeavors.

Shahida Afrin

I grew up in Bangladesh which is a world hub of apparel industries. In my childhood, the curiosity of how color and yarn were combined to make a beautiful dress; I started my journey of becoming a textile engineer as an undergrad student. The most exciting part of my undergrad education was visiting several apparel industries and observe long process chain of manufacturing fabric and creating beautiful things. Thus, my interest and passion for design increased. I started reading the recent trend and the impact of modern technology in textile design. Then, I decided to start my MS at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University which has bridged design and technology. Recently, I have completed my Master of Science in Textiles and now pursuing my PhD in TTM. One day, I hope to become an expert in the field of 3D technology and CAD.

Gina Aliaga

I am originally from Peru; I have lived in the United States for almost twelve years and have worked in administrative and managerial positions since I’ve been here. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Global Studies, with a concentration in global economy, trade and development. I joined the Master’s program in Textiles to improve and strengthen my knowledge about this industry: since I was a child, my family has been involved in the production of woven textile products. My goal is to improve our production processes and develop high-quality textile goods with Peruvian natural fibers that respect our environment. I am particularly interested in the areas of textile brand management and product development. I look forward to participating in projects and meeting faculty member and students that are passionate about the world of textiles and how textiles affect the world.

Kyler Arnold

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. My interest in fashion design began with an instinctual, childhood fascination for taking things apart and putting them back together again in various ways. I followed this passion and pursued my undergraduate education at Georgia Southern University, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design. While there, I presented research in sustainable apparel design, worked as a Teaching Assistant, and competed in the Emerging Designer Competition at Greensboro Fashion Week, where I was awarded an apprenticeship with Wrangler. Afterwards, I relocated to the state of North Carolina to work as an Apparel Designer for a local brand and Visual Merchandiser for a major retailer. I am now a Master of Science in Textiles candidate at North Carolina State University. I plan to focus my courses in Apparel and Textile Design with a thesis on the afterlife of apparel, mass production paradigms for upcycling, and environmentally conscious entrepreneurship. My ultimate aspiration is to earn my PhD and assume the role of a professor of fashion design.

Armaan Arora

I was born in Mumbai, India and I am currently pursuing an online Masters in Textiles degree at North Carolina State University. I previously attended Georgetown University, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I also took courses in Philosophy, Economics and Government. My internships span a wide variety of industries – investment banking, textile manufacturing and digital consulting. Post graduating from Georgetown, I worked as an Associate at Boston Consulting Group for 2 years. I am currently a manager in the Business Excellence team at D’Decor Home Fabrics, the world’s largest mill in curtain and upholstery fabric. I look forward to developing deep knowledge about textile technology through my Masters program at North Carolina State.

Dakota Batch
tatm grad

I am originally from Austin, TX – the live music capitol of the world! I received my Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Design from The University of Texas at Austin, “Hook ‘em Horns!” The most impactful experiences of my undergraduate career came from traveling across various regions of India and receiving a first-hand look into textile industry. While abroad, my perspective widened beyond the racks of brands like H&M and fast fashion, to the global reach that the fashion and textile industry has. Upon my return to the States, I shifted the focus of my coursework to reflect my broader perspective. I began promoting companies and business practices that highlighted sustainability, environmentally conscious textile applications and corporate social responsibility. I am BEYOND excited to join the Textiles program at North Carolina State University. During my time here, I will partake in a wide range of courses that promote ethics-focused innovation in all aspects of industry. I am excited to learn and grow in an environment and eventually work for a textile firm that aligns with my goals of promoting sustainability and social responsibility to all.

Sydney Beckner

Hi! My name is Sydney Beckner and I am from Winston-Salem, NC. I recently graduated from the Wilson College of Textiles in May 2020 with my B.S. in Textile Technology. I am currently pursuing my Master of Textiles as an online part-time student while simultaneously working a full-time Product Development job at Kohl’s Corporate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I became passionate about textiles at a young age and am now excited to start my career within the industry! Throughout my undergraduate career, I was fortunate to have an interdisciplinary approach to my degree and understanding of the industry and I am hopeful this program will be able to further my personal development as a student and employee. The Wilson College of Textiles has offered me so many different experiences that have prepared me for my future and I am excited to see where this opportunity will take me next!

Erin Bendig

My name is Erin Bendig and I am from Winston-Salem, NC. I am pursuing my Masters of Textiles and recently graduated from the Wilson College in May 2020 with my B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry and minor in Textile Technology. I am excited to learn more about the business and design aspects that go into textile products for a different perspective from my STEM background. I have been intrigued with the world of textiles since high school and was very excited for the opportunity to study at NC State University. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ormond in my undergraduate program in T-PACC where I learned about research processes and material testing. I also worked at Nike, Inc. in the Summer of 2019 as a Footwear Materials Development Intern in the Basketball category. It was there in Oregon that I found my love for Product Creation and always pushing the boundaries of textiles to create amazing products. It is my hope that upon graduation I can secure a job in a product development or materials development role for a sportswear or outdoor company and I’m thankful to the Wilson College for helping me achieve my dreams. Go Pack!

Lonny Carter
Ms. Carter

I am a 2008 graduate of the Wilson College of Textiles with a B.S. in Textile and Apparel Management, concentrating in Brand Management and Marketing. Since graduation, I have been a buyer for Stage Stores and Variety Wholesalers and a Product Manager for Advanced Sports Enterprises. I am currently working for Bob Barker Company where I am the Product Manager for inmate uniforms, clothing, and suicide prevention products. The corrections industry requires an in-depth textile knowledge for safety and comfort, which is why I would like to learn more about the fibers, fabric processing, and nonwovens areas of textiles. In my current role, I am challenged to bring new, innovative products to this specialized industry that solve problems and increase safety in America’s jails, prisons, and mental institutions. I am excited to further develop my textile knowledge in the Textile Technology Management Ph.D. program.

Jasmine Cox

Hello! I am Jasmine Cox, a graduate student in the Masters of Textiles program. Outside of school, I work as a Process Coordinator at the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, NC where I serve as project manager for extensive product development projects and manager of the testing laboratories. Originally from Raleigh, I graduated with my B.S in Textile Technology –Supply Chain Operations in 2013. As a working professional, the Masters of Textiles program fits in perfectly with my busy schedule. Outside of course work, my passion includes working tirelessly to help rebuild the talent pipeline in the industry by helping to train, recruit and develop young textile professionals.

Wenna Han

Hi! My name is Wenna. I am a masters student at Wilson College of Textiles, and I am currently doing my research on consumer behavior. Prior to becoming a masters student, I received a double degree in textile engineering and public relations at Donghua University in my home country, China. During my undergraduate journey I became very interested in marketing and communications, especially related to the fashion and textiles industries. I joined the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management department in 2019 to continue exploring my passion for this industry. As I expected, there are plenty of resources at Wilson College of Textiles, which not only enriches my knowledge, but also helps me to fully understand the fashion industry. I’m grateful for all of my experiences here so far, and I hope I can dedicate my intelligence, energy and enthusiasm to the fashion industry post graduation.

Margaret “Mars” Harvey

Hi y’all! I’m in the M.S. program, and my research is in 3D printed, fiber-integrated composites for footwear. I love combining my technical textile knowledge and artistic instincts to tell stories and solve problems. The best products do both!

That’s exactly what drew me to the Wilson College of Textiles while still in high school. With help from the North Carolina Textile Foundation I fell in love with the process of creating art that people interact with in intimate ways – whether in apparel, home, or technical applications.

I graduated from NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles in 2019, with a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design, with a concentration in Textile Design. I minored in both Spanish and Textile Technology. I took some time to work in the hosiery industry, and now I have come full circle back to the Wilson College of Textiles. It feels great to be “home” again at NC State. I’ve always sought a life standing at the intersection of art and science, and I’ve found it here.

Mario Hernandez
Mr. Hernandez

My name is Mario Hernandez and I am from El Salvador, Central America. I did my undergraduate in Business and Economics at ESEN, El Salvador. I worked 4 years at a textile mill, focused on weft circular knitting for end-use products such as active wear, in the product development department. After being involved in such a technical and specialized environment, I decided to pursue the Ph.D. degree in Textile Technology Management, so I can continue learning about the textile field and the innovations in the processes of production and management. I aspire to work in the product development field innovating in sustainable process of production and using eco-friendly products.

Uikyung Jung
grad student

My name is Uikyung Jung, I am a Ph.D. student in Textile Technology Management. I am from South Korea, and I studied Clothing and Textiles and Business Administration at Ewha Womans University. With a concentration in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, I have work experience in apparel manufacturing company and luxury brand, which stimulated my curiosity about material. At NC State University, I aspire to build a fiber and polymer science background and seek an interdisciplinary approach to biomaterials and sustainable fashion industry.

Karinn Kasbekar

My name is Karinn Kasbekar and I am from Raleigh, NC. I am pursuing a Masters of Textiles here at Wilson College of Textiles and recently finished my undergraduate degrees in Fashion Textile Management and Business Administration. My interests are in marketing and merchandising and I have worked as a merchandising intern at JCPenney in Plano, Texas. I am also interested in learning more about data analytics and consumer marketing. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work at the Consumer Behavior Lab at Poole College of Management. I am currently working in the TATM office as a student assistant so feel free to reach out and say hello.

Melanie Katherine
Ms. Katherine

My name is Melanie Ana’Lise Katherine and I am from Huntsville, Alabama, pursuing a Master of Science in Textiles at North Carolina State University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude at Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandise and a Minor in International Studies and continued post-baccalaureate STEM courses. Through my education and professional endeavors, I have gained unique experience in fashion, merchandising, hospitality, and education, including the opportunity to intern in production in New York, manage a retail store in Alabama, study in Italy, and teach in South Korea. I traveled many countries where I was exposed to a wide array of apparel and textile technology and became increasingly interested in industrial textiles. My goals involve the innovative research and development of high performance technical textiles for use in the aeronautical and space industry, specifically for spacesuits. I want to be a part of the textile technology of the future, and chose NC State for its strong program and history of fostering cross-discipline studies. I will also be studying Russian for its relevance to the space industry. In my spare time, I enjoy horseback riding, outdoor activities, styling, crafting, reading, art, and community events.

Eric Lawrence

Originally from the snow country of Buffalo, NY, I moved to Wilmington with my family for High School. Being sick of the beach I decided to move inland and attend NC State, graduating in 2011 with a degree in Textile Technology. Working in Industry for 2 years, I missed NC State so much that I came back and began work here in the College of Textiles for the Nonwovens Institute. Currently managing the Fiber Science Lab, I have decided to foster my knowledge base and continue my education pursuing my graduate degree as a Masters of Textiles. I am excited to be both a full time employee and an official part of the Graduate Program here at my Alma mater!

Sara Lewis Hood

I am originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2019 from NC State University with my B.S. in Fashion and Textile Management: Brand Management and Marketing and minors in Business Administration and Sociology. During my time as an undergraduate student at NC State, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and to complete internships with VF Corporation and Cotton Incorporated. I served in the Krispy Kreme Challenge organization for four years and started the Pillowcase Project at NC State during my freshman year, a service project that has donated more than 2,000 handmade pillowcases, cut and sewn by NC State student volunteers, to the patients at UNC Children’s Hospital. I am so thrilled to be returning to NC State to pursue my Master’s of Science in Textiles and look forward to working with and learning from the incredible faculty and staff of the Wilson College of Textiles in the years to come. Go Wolfpack!

Alyssa McNamara

I am a North Carolina native and I have been enamoured with textiles for most of my life. I graduated from NCSU as an Anni Albers Scholar in 2011, with a double major in Textile Technology from the College of Textiles and Art & Design from the College of Design. Since graduation, I have worked in the Research and Development department at a digital textile printing company in Durham, NC. Through my career, I have been able to see advancements in technology first hand as well as improvements that are making textile production more sustainable. I enrolled in graduate school at the Wilson College of Textiles in order to deepen my knowledge of sustainable practices and to affect change in the industry.

Shelby Miller

Hello my name is Shelby Miller, I am attending North Carolina State University to obtain a Master’s degree in Textiles. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandise – Apparel with a minor in Business from East Carolina. My career goal is to work in the apparel industry doing research. Interests include: coloring,  watching Youtube, listening to music, eating, and spending time with my family.

Hyeongmin Moon

My name is Hyeongmin Moon and I am from Anyang, South Korea, which is a satellite city outside of Seoul. My undergraduate degree is in Textile engineering is from Konkuk University, Seoul. The reason I came to NC State is that I heard that the NC State Wilson College of Textiles is one of the best Textile colleges worldwide. I want to study in a better environment because the number of MS and Ph.D. students in textiles in South Korea are decreasing. My goal is to be a major contributor to the textile industry.

Megan Moore
Ms. Moore

Megan Moore is a student in the Doctoral Textile Technology Management Program. Growing up, Megan was highly involved in the operation of her family business which was one of the largest alpaca farms in the United States. Upon graduating high school in 2005, she was hired by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as the Camelid Herd Manager and Assistant to the Director of Camelid Studies for the first undergraduate Camelid program nationwide. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University with a minor in Genetics in 2010. During her undergraduate years, she served as President of the Textiles Entrepreneurs Club and Vice President and Co-President of the University Entrepreneurship Network at North Carolina State University. Megan spent five years in both boutique and big box customer service as the Assistant Manager and Interim Store Manager at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Cameron Village and Pet Care Manager at PetSmart, Garner. At NC State, Megan Moore’s thesis was on reasons for reshoring while completing a Master of Science in Textiles with a minor in Statistics. Additional areas of interest include entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, supply chain management and sourcing and management strategies.

Zoë Newman

My name is Zoe Newman. I am a Ph.D. student particularly interested in knit programming and sustainability. I attended NC State University for both my Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Textile Design and my Master of Science degree, where I developed and honed my skills in knitting and technical fabric design. Since a young age, I have always been interested in textiles and materials, getting my hands on everything I could. I am excited to continue my studies at the Wilson College of Textiles, as I am eager to contribute to new innovations impacting the textile industry.

Sneha Rani

Intricate designs, fine weaving, delicate textures, beautiful colors and rich patterns have never failed to fascinate me. My passion for art and engineering led me to pursue my bachelors in Fashion and Apparel engineering from the Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences, Bhiwani, India. I was able to grasp the technical and creative aspects of the textile industry along with the downstream retailing and marketing. I gained an understanding of other disciplines with their applications in textiles encompassing basics of physics, chemistry, electrical, mechanical and programming. My journey from Bhiwani, a small town in India, to Mumbai, a metropolitan city; was eventful. I had the opportunity to work in apparel, home linen manufacturing and export industries catering majorly to US markets. Working for the past 5 years, I have learned a lot of basic sourcing, through the final dispatch. This made me grow not just professionally but also as a person. My dream of studying in the United States and being part of the first world where research and development are more advanced than most countries, especially in the field of textile and fashion; has motivated me to venture into the of Master of Science in Textiles degree. I have only begun to explore my potential and will delve deeper to continue to strive for excellence.

Nia Silva

Originally hailing from the northeast my journey into the vast world of textiles began back in my hometown of Boston where I attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as a fashion major. After two years of study my growing interests in materials prompted me to transfer to The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where I received a B.S in Textile Development and Marketing in 2017. Following my undergraduate degree I currently work for a global consulting and trend forecasting agency as a Materials Editor. Now three years out of school and currently working remotely within the industry I’ve decided to follow my materials passions once again all the way down the coast into NC State’s Masters of Textiles program. With my existing degree in textile development & marketing and my current work in design Im confident that the graduate program at State will help me further my interests and continue to foster my skill sets in these areas and beyond.

Dorota Szlek

I was born in Warsaw, Poland, but grew up and spent majority of my life in New York, and after earning a B.S. and M.S. in non-textile disciplines, I returned to school to study fashion. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an A.S. In Accessories Design, and my Graduate Student Exhibition won 1st place for Headwear Design. My work was also featured at FIT’s 1st Sustainability Conference. I spent the last 13 years in various design and materials management roles in acccessories, and later garment categories, in fashion. I was exposed to some of the most brilliant Wilson Colllege of Textiles’ faculty and alumni through work at such innovative companies, as Calvin Klein and PVH Corp., and I knew I had to join the best to be the best! I believe you never stop learning, so when I was accepted to the Master of Textiles program at NCSU, I was thrilled, and have made it my goal to take advantage of and maximize each and every day of this journey. Additionally, my interests in circular systems and biobased product development influenced me to simultaneously pursue a second Master in Forest Biomaterials. I believe both industries, Textiles and Forest Biomaterials, will be closely interrelated in the future, and I plan to continue to focus my study on current market trends, industry innovation, business developments, and economic, social and environmental impacts on these industries to understand how the future bioeconomy of textiles could be shaped and eventually integrated into our lives.

J’Den Williams
grad student

Originally from Wake Forest, North Carolina, I received my BS in Fashion & Textile Management with a concentration in Brand Management & Marketing from NC State University, May 2016. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Textile Technology and Management, with an expected graduation date of May 2022. Prior to graduate school, I gained corporate experience working for Build-A-Bear as the eCommerce Activation Specialist/Merchant. Re-joining the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management department was the easiest decision to make knowing that they have some of the best faculty members who will challenge me in ways that will greatly impact my future endeavors. My research focus will be on consumer behavior in the fast fashion retail industry and how this is shifting with the change in technology. After obtaining my MS in Textiles I look forward to entering back into the corporate industry.

Lian Zeng

My name is Lian Zeng and I am from Chongqing, China, which is an attractive and beautiful city. My undergraduate degree is in Fashion Design and Engineering from Donghua University, Shanghai, China. I entered NC State as a 3+X student in Fall 2017. The reason I came to NC State is that the Wilson College of Textiles is one of the best textile colleges worldwide and I want to do in-depth study in a different environment and culture. I believe I will gain inspiration over the course of my study. I am pursuing my master degree at NC State University and I aspire to build my Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management background and enrich my professional knowledge for enhancing my competitiveness. I am trying my best to enjoy my study and my life.