Meet Our Graduate Students
My name is Muhammad Hammad Abbasi and I am from Karachi, Pakistan. I did my undergraduate degree in Textile Engineering from National Textile University, and then did my Dual Masters in Global Innovation Management jointly offered by Aix Marseilles Graduate School of Management and Poole College of Management, NC State. Why NC State? I want to be a part of the world’s best textiles college. What I hope to accomplish? I want to promote the applicability of big data in textile complex by focusing on how a big data can be utilized in a best possible way to solve complex issues in Textile complex. I also want to learn all necessary skills to help College of Textiles in building big data capability.
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 College of Textiles provides and I remain optimistic in all of my endeavors.
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.
I come from a theater background with a BA from Appalachian State University in theater design and an MFA from the UNC School of the Arts in stage properties. Over the years I’ve worked for theaters across the country. Along the way I’ve encountered a wide variety of materials and learned many different fabrication techniques. However working with fabric was always my preference, so textile design was a natural choice when I decided to change careers. I grew up in North Carolina, and with a long family legacy at NC State, I’ve always been aware of the reputation of the textiles program. I look forward to learning more about the industry as I work towards my MS in textiles.
Originally from Hickory, NC, I graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising. While in undergrad, I interned for a women’s contemporary brand in New York City that specializes in private label. Upon graduating, I moved to NYC to work for a men’s sneaker licensing and manufacturing company. While there, I tried my hand at children’s footwear manufacturing and from then on decided to pursue a career in product development. I chose the TATM program at NC State primarily because of their access to the industry, the highly qualified faculty, and the amount of resources within, not only the university, but the COT as well. I am pursuing an M.S. in Textiles with a focus in Product Development and hope to use the skills and knowledge I gain from NCSU to obtain a position within the children’s wear industry.
I graduated in May 2015 from NC State’s Textile Technology program, concentrating in Technical Textiles. After working for a year as a product development engineer at a carded nonwovens company, I determined I would like to continue my education and focus my studies on textile product development and design. I chose to return to NC State because the Master of Science in Textiles acutely aligned with my needs, and the depth of knowledge available within the faculty of the College of Textiles is second to none. I look forward to expanding my knowledge about textile development and design and to use what I’ve learned to establish a career in technical design.
I am in my second year as a Ph.D. Candidate in Textile Technology and Management (Expected 2018) – Current research focus in automated manufacturing technologies for domestic production. Born and raised in England studied a BTEC in Fashion Design at Boston College of Fashion graduating in 1999. Undergraduate degree completed in BSc Textile Design, from the University of Huddersfield graduating in 2004. Completed my MSc in Textile Technology from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2005. I have worked in various positions with national and internationally recognized companies in product development, design innovation, manufacturing for automotive industry, BCD, medical, and, military applications, quality assurance, and academia. Decided to return to higher education to re-focus career, in pursuit of finding fulfilling career opportunities with innovative companies.
My name is Jessica Cameron and I am originally from Bay Shore, New York. I earned my BS in Biology from Long Island University and move to North Carolina over a decade ago. Since graduating, I’ve worked in a variety of laboratories, including virology and environmental chemistry, as I was always searching for my ideal career. Since early 2013, I’ve been employed at Tempur Sealy in the New Product Development department. It is here that I’ve been able to learn about textiles and envision a future for myself. I truly enjoy seeing the different stages of development for products and really love seeing my work on the floor at retailers. I decided to attend NCSU because I want to continue to advance my role in developing new consumer products and have seen the strong connections between NCSU and industry.
My name is Elizabeth-Lane (Betsy) Claunch, and I am originally from Versailles, Kentucky and have traveled a unique academic career path. I received my undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Polymer and Fiber Engineering and my master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Biological Systems Engineering. Currently, I am working toward a Ph.D. in Textile Technology and Management. The decision to attend NC State was easy, because Raleigh is a beautiful area with a rich textile history and many exciting opportunities for future growth. My goal after graduation is to make a positive impact on the textile industry through the advancement of innovative and sustainable materials.
I graduated from Zhejiang Science and Technology University majoring in textile design. At my university in China, I took many textile courses such as textile materials, pattern design and so on. I mastered some software skills such as Photoshop and Illustrator. This year, I came to NCSU to further my studies in the field of textile design. I am a creative person that is very particular about aesthetics. I like all kinds of beautiful items and I am keen to fashion trends; which are essential for a student who works with fashion and apparel. So, I chose the TATM program. I hope I can learn a lot from my graduate courses. My career goal is to develop a firm and have my own famous brand of special materials and designs.
I grew up in East Aurora, NY and attended University at Buffalo obtaining an undergraduate degree in B.S. Industrial Engineering. Once I entered the career world I became extremely interested in textile development and manufacturing; the ability to combine a portion of design with my personal of hobby of sewing and still leverage my undergraduate focus was an exciting opportunity. Developing through the first few years of my career, my interest in textiles blossomed from the sewing manufacturing process, to a yearning for a deeper understanding of the nature of fibers, yarns, materials and additional manufacturing abilities. My career goal is to work in textile product development with an innovative focus that can couple with the ever changing world and environment around us.
I received my undergraduate degree in Textile Engineering from Donghua University, China. I entered NC State as a 3+X student in Fall 2011, and completed my MS degree in Textile Chemistry under the instruction of Dr. Harold S. Freeman in 2013. Now I’m pursuing my Doctoral degree with the instruction of Dr. Harold S. Freeman and Dr. Lisa Chapman together. My research interests are textile digital inkjet printing technology, ink chemistry, textile color gamut mapping and analysis.
Nicole A. B. Edwards
My name is Nicole A. B. Edwards and I am from Marietta, GA, though I have been living in North Carolina for the past couple of years. I received my BS in Psychology and BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2011 and my Master’s in Arts Management with a concentration in Marketing from Claremont Graduate University in 2013. I currently work full-time for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Marketing Manager for the Department of Housing and Residential Education. I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start my own business, and considering my path through art and arts management I thought I would open and run and art gallery. However, after conducting research for my capstone project, I became less enchanted with this idea as I learned many of the downsides in working in the arts market. I’ve always been interested in fashion, and from a young age I have been sketching my own designs. Knowing that NC State has one of the leading textile programs in the world, and that I was living just down the road, I decided to pursue a MT degree. I hope to eventually start my own clothing line and use my creativity and marketing expertise to aid in the success of the brand.
My hometown is Raleigh, NC and I received my undergraduate degree in 2010 in Fashion & Textile Management, with a concentration in Product Management and Fashion Development. The choice to attend the College of Textiles for my graduate and doctoral studies was an easy decision due to the warm and welcoming community I had come to be a part of as an undergraduate. Each semester has proved that the decision was the right one, as I have been able to develop a new love for knitwear that I was unable to attain before. My hope, upon completion of my doctorate, is to gain valuable industry experience within knitwear. I am also excited to teach at the university-level in the future, as I am currently gaining
I am from Mumbai, India. I have completed my undergraduate in Textiles from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. I am particularly interested in nanotechnology applications, garment house management and finishes applied on textiles. TATM encompasses all the various aspects of this field and I feel extremely lucky to have been accepted in the prestigious College of Textiles! I was interning for 6 weeks at BASF in 2014. I conducted tests and evaluation of auxiliaries and performance chemicals in the Textiles department. It was a great experience. I would love to work in a production-evaluation / development lab. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in TTM and want to work for the top companies!
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Textile Design with a concentration in Fashion Design. While still a student at NC State I had the opportunity to become a part of the ABM program where I started taking graduate course the Spring semester of my senior year. Since graduating in May 2016, I have continued to pursue my Master’s degree. I hope to take my fashion design background and incorporate it into new and innovative textile technologies and one day pursue a career in the sports appeal industry.
My name is Elizabeth Goudreau and I am from Raleigh, NC. After graduating from NC State in 2015 with my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Textile Management and working at Free People as a manager in training I have decided to return to NC State to pursue my Masters in Textiles. I hope to expand my knowledge in Marketing and Market Research of fashion companies and brands. My career goals include working for industry leader in fashion marketing that constantly challenge and develop my skills and creativity as a marketing professional.
Hi, my name is Kathryn and I am from Clemmons, a small town outside of Winston-Salem, NC. I graduated from the NC State College of Textiles in May 2017 with a B.S. in Textile Technology. During my undergraduate career, I became particularly interested in textile quality and applied statistics related to the textile field, which is what I will be studying during my Masters program. The COT has an outstanding reputation and a highly qualified faculty, making my decision to further my education at NC State an easy one. I am looking forward to all of my endeavors that lie ahead!
I grew up in Northwood, Ohio where I attended Bowling Green State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in product development and apparel merchandising. I also completed additional academic work at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and received a degree in advertising and marketing. Most recently I was the Senior Director of fabric development and operations at Ralph Lauren in New York City. While at RL, I was responsible for sourcing, developing, and integrating innovative fabrics and materials from across the globe. Prior to Ralph Lauren, I held several material and product development roles at Levi Strauss and Target. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree at North Carolina State University as part of their prestigious Textile, Apparel, and Technology Management program. I believe that my graduate work at NC State will further develop my skills and provide valuable expertise in pursuit of furthering sustainable development and manufacturing globally within the fashion industry. I am passionate about fostering environmentally friendly textile manufacturing practices that preserve natural resources and minimize waste. In my free time, I enjoy yoga and traveling.
My name is Uikyung Jung, MS student in Textiles, and I am from South Korea. 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 fiber and polymer science background and seek an interdisciplinary approach to biomaterials and sustainable fashion industry.
I graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s of science from the NC State College of textiles. I received my degree in Fashion and Textiles Management with a concentration in Fashion Management and product development. I chose to continue my education at the College of Textiles and get an MS and Ph.D. after being accepted into an accelerated master’s program that allowed me to work on my masters while still in my undergrad. I have chosen the TATM program so that I can continue learning about product development and grow my fashion design skills. In the future I would like to have a career working in the field of product development that allows for my creative design passion to be utilized as well as my talent for product creation and development.
I’m Jiayin Li from China. I took the 3+X program and finished my bachelor in Shanghai Donghua University. My bachelor degree was fashion design and engineering, including apparel design, pattern making, apparel making and textile & apparel management. I’m now focusing on apparel & textile design in TATM. I have some industry experiences in China, mainly focus on silk product including scarves and home textile products. I choose the TATM program for several reasons, first of all is the 3+X program, it helps me to finish my bachelor degree in 3 years and continue graduate study in NCSU in 2 years, so I spent one year less than bachelor school mates. Secondly the resources here in TATM, the company resources and industry contact are very helpful for study and further career development. My career goal after graduation will be getting into product development teams in fashion companies and hopefully developing my own brand in the future.
My name is Lu Lin and I am a quiet Chinese girl. I’m interested in travel and music even though I am tone-deaf. I also enjoy sampling from a variety of foods. My undergraduate major is in Fashion Design and Engineering from Zhejiang Science and Technology University. My focus is on fashion production and technology management that devote to cultivate high-levels of specialized talents such as fashion ready-to-wear design and development, fashion production and technology management and research. Presently, the textile consulting business is developing rapidly and the methods of research are more modernized and awareness of current intellectual property rights are heightened. My constant reflection on the textile industry has led me to believe that studying advanced theories and technologies of textiles abroad is a must for me. NC State is one of the largest and most successful universities in the US, with a time-honored history. Its academic status in technical and professional education is world-famous. Based on those recognitions, I choose the TATM graduate program. I want to study textiles in order to pursue my passion of fashion and textiles advances. I am looking forward to completing my studies successfully and progressing my English.
I studied at Zhejiang Science and Technology University for three years and majored in Fashion design and engineering. After taking a Textile Materials course in my sophomore year, I focused my interest on textiles and would like to get even more in-depth knowledge about them. I am so excited on being admitted to NCSU as a 3+X program member. In China, I knew two girls that operated a fabric store and I really enjoyed their daily duties; such as managing the shop, communicating with customers and approaching different kinds of fabric on a daily basis. So maybe in the future, I would like to engage in this career. I think I will learn practical skills and advanced knowledge from the courses in TATM department.
I grew up in Granite Falls, NC and graduated from NC State in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology and a concentration in Medical Textiles. During my summers as an undergrad at NC State, I interned at BSN Medical with the global R&D department focusing on textile innovation, materials, and technologies compression and then at Hanesbrands working in intimates, hosiery, and shapewear product development. My senior design team worked with Adidas to develop a knit footwear upper using synthetic fibers in order to maximize hand feel, comfort, and performance. I also participated in some undergraduate research with the College of Textiles to start the investigation as to if there is any significant correlation between volume, mass, and density of the breast using a direct measurement of mass. In a nutshell, I am interested in how textiles interact with the human body and vice versa. I decided to pursue my Master of Science in Textiles in order to further my knowledge and learn more about textile management and comfort science.
My name is Luo Huimin and I am a 3+X program student from Donghua University, majoring in Textile Design. I have been studying textiles for three years and have basic knowledge of weaving, knitting, jacquard fabrics and fiber properties. Also, I am familiar with a series of design related software such as Photoshop for drawing patterns and Textile CAD for fabric simulations. Moreover, I have created many hand samples based on my design skills; which include woven works, printing fabrics, printing patterns, and fabric manipulation. This year, I worked at the company Jiangsu; which is a major wool knitter. I designed a series of wool knitting jacquard fabrics for them for project. The reason I choose TATM is that after three years working with textiles, it seems more specialized among other fields for because it has its own system that combines art, engineering and fiber chemistry. I found myself I really addicted to fabric design. I always have good ideas for fabric expression and have a lot of patience for the design process. In the future, I prefer a career that focuses on fabric design; using many different types of materials and creating varied fabrics.
Victoria Luong Vu
Raised in Raleigh, I graduated cum laude from NCSU with a B.S. in Fashion and Textiles Management – Brand Management and Marketing, and minor in Business Administration. For the past year, I worked at Kohl’s Department Stores Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a Product Development Coordinator in Men’s & Kid’s Footwear. Since then, I have decided to return to the College of Textiles to pursue a M.S. in Textiles to further develop my critical thinking skills and textile design knowledge while focusing my research in sustainability, luxury, and the consumer. Once obtaining my MS in Textiles, I hope to pursue a career with a sustainable enterprise.
I am currently a student in the TTM Ph.D. program. After spending the last five years in Washington, DC as a lobbyist for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, I have developed a strong interest in the legislative and regulatory impact that government has on the apparel, footwear, and textile industries. After receiving my Undergraduate degree from the College of Textiles in 2009, I decided to return to the CoT in order to obtain my PhD and continue my love of teaching as a Professor for the CoT.
My name is Karen Middleton. I originally hail from a tiny rural town, called Denton, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I spent six years in the US Army Reserves, during which I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Anthropology, worked as an analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, deployed to Afghanistan, and worked in apparel retail. I chose the TATM program at North Carolina State because it is the top school for learning about the textile industry. My primary interest areas are anthropology and trade, sustainability and fair trade, and socio-technological systems. Upon obtaining my Master’s degree, I intend to pursue a marketing career in the textile and apparel industry.
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 from Konkuk University, Seoul. The reason I came to NC State is that I heard that the NCSU 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 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 NCSU, 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.
My name is Yusuke Mukai, and I am from Osaka, Japan. I received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemistry from Shinshu University’s Faculty of Textile Science and Technology in 2014. During my coursework at Shinshu University, I was fortunate to take part in a number of projects, including synthesis of silver-plated polymer nanoparticles for the drug delivery application as an undergraduate researcher. Throughout my experience at Shinshu University, I learned that study and research is a rewarding process. North Carolina State University offers a graduate degree in Textiles, where science, engineering and design aspects are all addressed. This multidisciplinary study at North Carolina State University attracted me because of the unique opportunity to work on various types of problems from different academic fields. Upon completing my Master’s degree, I will continue my education as a Ph.D. candidate, where I expect to hone my knowledge and skills through further coursework and research. Eventually, I would like to obtain a position in the technical textiles industry, where people from science, engineering and design work altogether to complete one product. It is my lifetime goal to become highly skilled, and to contribute to real value to the textiles industry.
I am a first year Graduate Student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Textiles. I am originally from beautiful Mountain View, California but spent the past four years in New York City, attending Columbia University and studying Sociology and Business Management. Coming to Raleigh presents with me with the opportunity to broaden my horizons while continuing to pursue existing hobbies. As a Textiles student, I hope to marry my love for athletics, specifically running, with my interest in design and apparel product development.
Zi Wen Qiu
My name is Ziwen Qiu and I am a 3+X program student from Donghua University in Shanghai, China. I studied Fashion Design and Engineering as my undergraduate major, focusing on the product development of shape wear in the fields of both design and pattern making. In 2016, I released an essay at the YKD Conference held at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, which presented the latest pattern-making method called “3-D Flattening,” opening new methods in the pattern-making aspect of shape wear. In addition, I have completed certificated courses outside school, such as PCCS Color System Course by Mizobe; which inspires me to study lingerie palettes. Moreover, in 2015 I participated in a “FIT-NCSU-DHU” Study Program to learn all about Fashion Management for all the members of which I designed memorial postcards. Currently, I am interested in Whole Garment Techniques; which is one of the reasons why I came to NCSU. In order to establish my own career and company, I will devote myself to learning and best practices. I look forward to my oversea study life and my bright future.
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario but have lived in North Carolina for quite some time. I received my undergraduate degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising with a minor in Marketing from Appalachian State University in 2015. I would like to make the fashion industry more environmentally friendly though the use of materials that are produced in sustainable ways. Where do the fabric and dyes come from and where do they go at the end of their useful life? Small changes in this area can make a big impact. At the same time the designs have to be appealing and fresh. I enjoy the creative side, especially bringing a new idea to life. The College of Textiles at N.C. State, being the leader in textile innovation and technology will help me achieve these goals.
My name is Mariah Parker and I’m from Winston-Salem, NC. I am a recent graduate of the College of Textiles (May 2017) and majored in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Brand Management and Marketing. During my senior year I was apart of the Accelerated Bachelor’s Master’s Program, which allowed me to enroll in a few graduate classes. Now that I have finished undergrad, this is my first official year as a graduate student and I will be pursuing the Master’s of Textile’s degree. The textile’s program at NC State is one of the best in the country, which is why I decided to continue my education here. Although I have not had a full time position in the industry, I have completed two internships in Product Development at Kohl’s Corporate. After graduation I would like to either work in corporate retail or work with more specialized high-fashion brands.
My interest in fashion dates back to when I was five years old when I designed a pretty dress with a tube top. I love garments and I am crazy about the process of connecting pieces of fabrics with just a magic needle. Now, I finally have this opportunity to realize my dream at NCSU. When I started my undergraduate career in Jiangnan University, I had great chance to be exposed to the full range of textile engineering courses, especially in the knitting field. All the subjects I have learned, provided me with a different perspective on textile machinery, variation of fabric performance and manufacturing flow. Being familiar with textiles, I have deepened the comprehension on the design garments. Of course now, I know how to make proper use of fabric. In my studies toward an advanced degree, I hope I could examine more closely the relationship between fabrics and apparel. Design is not only just focus a on the tailor, but also to master a fabrics features. Similarly, for my career in the future, I am willing to have a tiny space in rag trade. I hope to achieve the essential balance of design and marketing.
I grew up in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2005. After which I moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and in May 2010 I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University. After graduation I went on to work in a variety of different fields including; typical engineering positions, guiding horseback rides in Colorado, operating ski lifts in Utah, and working for a start-up men’s athletic apparel company. Ultimately, it was these experiences that drove me to search for a master’s degree program that would provide me with the career opportunities I was looking for. This search led me to NC States College of Textiles where what initially attracted me to NC State’s College of Textiles was their ABET and AAFA accreditations, and upon further investigation I became aware of all the other great things about the college including; small class sizes, state of the art research labs, breadth of course offerings, and faculty experience. NC State is a great school that has a great track record, and my ultimate goal in pursuing a master’s degree in textiles from NC State is to prepare myself for a career that parallels what is important in my life (i.e. maintaining an active lifestyle through organized sports and outdoor adventure). I feel that my best chance for a happy, successful career is to align my profession as closely as possible with these personal interests. Therefore, following graduation, I hope to utilize the skills and knowledge that I’ve acquired through the Master of Textiles, along with my experience as an engineer, to develop consumer products that elevate safety and performance in the outdoor recreation/adventure and athletic apparel industries. I am looking forward the start of classes and the future that lies ahead.
My name is Briana Schiro and I have been in the Raleigh area for four years now. Prior to this, I have had the opportunity of living in a wide variety of places across the east and west coast due to my upbringing in a military family. I graduated in May of this year from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science in interior design, and now I am continuing my studies with North Carolina State University for the Master of Textiles. I have industry experience with Alfred Williams & Company as a design intern. My time there was spent selecting different commercially graded textiles for working environments, and assisting with various design computer software. My long-term goals are to design commercial interiors worldwide and take part in designing textile collections. I am very excited to see what opportunities unfold as I expand my knowledge of textiles and how they integrate with our everyday lives.
My name is Elizabeth Starnes and I am currently a Fabric/Textile Specialist in the industry with DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc. corporate headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a Bachelors of Science in Apparel Merchandising & Product Development from Bowling Green State University located in Bowling Green, Ohio and a Masters of Arts in Apparel Design from Ball State University located in Muncie, Indiana. I have been working in the industry as of 2013 and have had the privilege to work in many different areas within the apparel product development field, including Design, Color and BOM PLM Product Development. I have decided to work toward my Masters of Textiles within the Textile & Apparel Technology Management program here at North Carolina State University College of Textiles to further deepen and strengthen my knowledge in Textiles that will allow me to enhance and continue my success in the Textile & Apparel industry. I have taken some professional development textile courses within the College of Textiles as well in the past and am certain i will gain the knowledge i am seeking to continue to be successful in my career as a Textile Specialist. North Carolina State University College of Textiles is world class and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Textile & Apparel Technology Management Program!
I have found great joy and fulfillment in fostering the blissful union of product and consumer as Fabric/Textile Developer. I am a motivated professional with a passion for product lifecycle development within the corporate retail industry, specializing in performance fabrications in the outdoor/athletic/lifestyle sectors. I achieve this union of product and consumer by meticulously guiding and accelerating each fabrication for each individual product throughout the product lifecycle stages of initial development, QA testing protocol and bulk production. To be an integral part of the development process from initial concept to finished product is the ultimate reward.
I received my BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising & Design from NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, 2012 and my MS in Textiles from NC State University, 2015. I have experience in apparel retail, JCPenney Womens department and research in plus sizing and plus consumer behavior. I chose to join the department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management to gain research experience in the area of plus sizing and technological design implications. This was an area that I knew very little about. Since joining this department my knowledge has expanded in plus size design and technological development to help improve processes in this area of design. I am a current doctoral student looking to further my research regarding the plus size population. I wish to use the knowledge gained here to pursue a career in plus size design and to redefine sizing systems for plus size women to improve apparel fit.
My name is Alison Strickland, and I am from Princeton, NC. I am currently residing in Mt. Airy, NC (aka Mayberry) working with Renfro Corporation. I graduated in 2010 from NC State’s CoT and I have been working in the textile industry ever since then. I have always had the dream of further pursuing my education and obtaining my Master’s degree. I knew that when the time came to start this journey the only place I wanted to go was back to my Wolfpack Family at NCSU. My undergrad education has greatly supported me in my work journey so far, so I am hopefully that having a Master’s education from State will afford me even greater opportunities in the future.
My name is Kaiyue Sun and I am a 3+X student from Jiangnan University, China. My background is in Textile Engineering but I have always wanted to pursue a Master of Science degree in the TATM department. TATM is the best route to reach the fashion industry as an engineering student. I have a strong desire to learn about textile design and management. For my future employment, I wish to pursue brand management. So, choosing the Master of Science in TATM was easy because it is the best of all the majors at NC State. I am looking forward to my new graduate student life in TATM.
I’m Xinyi Sun coming from Wuxi, China. I finished my undergraduate in Textile Engineering in Donghua University, China. This is my first year in NC State as a 3+X student to pursue my master’s degree in Textile & Apparel, Technology & Management. I found my interest in textiles and apparel during my study of high-tech textiles, and that’s why I come here to further my study. For lack of fundamental design knowledge, I’m inclined to put my research focus on Textile technology and management. Also, I want to take advantage of my good understanding of different textile materials in my further study. Corresponding to my inclined focus in further study, I want to find my place in the field of textile technology and management in the United States in the near future. Although it’s a little challenging for me who is not native to American English or TATM to achieve such goal, I will try my best to enrich my professional knowledge to enhance my competitiveness. I hope I will enjoy my study life in TATM. In addition, I hope I can do my possible to promote the development of TATM, NC State.
Qiong (Sarah) Tao
I graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Marketing Management and got my M.A. in Fashion at Kent State University. I identified a strong interest in research through an internship with Fashion and Marketing Innovation team at GrafTech International along with two years RA experience at my graduate program. Those experience led me to the TTM Ph.D. program in CoT conducting research on marketing strategies, consumer behavior, and fashion technology. The opportunity to independently instruct a Fashion Visuals course during my Master’s program led me to realize the connections between education, current industry issues, and marketing concepts. I greatly enjoy teaching, sharing and making a difference in students’ lives. I want to be able to use my viewpoint and research to influence the future generation of fashion professionals in the nuances of emerging technologies and international marketing that govern the industry.
I am Juanica Thomas from Durham, NC, born and raised. I obtained my BS in Chemistry from St. Augustine’s College (now University). I wanted to attend the NC State College of Textiles to further understand the fashion and textiles industry as my goals are not only to own a clothing line but have a company in the future that facilitates sustainable manufacturing here in the United States or participate in helping one grow in sustainability.
My name is Jennifer Vekert, Ph.D. student in Textile Technology Management. I’m from Highland, MD, which is a little pocket of woods in between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. My undergraduate degree is in Handweaving. I wanted to attend NC State because I wasn’t sure what type of textiles I wanted to research and NC State had the most options. I’m currently studying integral knits and I’m interested in sportswear. I secretly desire to make superhero costumes.
My name is Ming Wang and I am from Donghua University, Shanghai, China. I spent 3 years in Donghua Textile College, which is the best textile college in China, studying textile technology, design and management. I really love textiles and dream about becoming a textile expert one day. In my junior year, I finished my undergraduate in three years and came to NC State to finish my masters and Ph.D. degree; where I work under the direction of Dr. Parrillo-Chapman. Also, I am a teaching assistant and manager of the Textile’s Digital Printing lab. I have participated in the Walmart project and worked with other Ph.D. students, as well as faculty in the college. We are a pretty good team and work well together. In the future, I plan to become a textile expert.
I completed my undergrad at NC State’s College of Textiles in 2011. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Technology with a concentration in medical textiles. I worked for several companies as an intern in NC, before moving to Michigan to accept my current position. I have worked at Magna Seating for the past 2.5 years as a textile engineer. Since high school I have been determined to obtain my master’s degree. However, due to finances I thought it would be best to join the work force for a few years before advancing further. Also, I think the experience I have gained will help with my future studies. When looking for the options available to me I knew I would like to continue my education through NC State’s College of Textiles. I was very fortunate to find the DE Master of Textiles program, so that I may continue working. I hope by obtaining this degree I can assist my current company more with what I learn. As well as learning more for my own curiosity and personal drive to better myself. I can’t wait to begin this next adventure.
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 MS in Textiles with an expected graduation date of May 2019. 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.
My name is Sibei Xia. I am a third year Ph.D. student in Textile, Technology, and Management. My research focuses on interdisciplinary apparel product development. I was born in Jiangxi, China. I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree in Fashion Design and Engineering from Donghua University, Shanghai, China. I came to the United State in 2011 and got my Master of Science degree from College of Textiles, North Carolina State University in 2013. I started my journey of pursing a Ph.D. in 2014. One reason why I chose to come back, is all of the most advanced textile and apparel related technologies that are available are in the COT. It is awesome to be able to learn and use all these resources. Not only the treasure from College of Textiles, by taking courses from other Colleges, I am able to do interdisciplinary researches, which broaden my thought and makes researches creative. Professors in COT are knowledgeable, enthusiastic. and give you expert objective advice.
My name is Qinshu Yang, a “3+X” program student from China. I have studied textile chemistry for 3 years at Jiangnan University, and the courses I have taken provided me with information and rich knowledge about fiber, fabric, dyeing, finishing and auxiliaries. I love garments and have a strong interest in apparel marketing and brand arrangement, that’s why I came to NCSU and the TATM department. This 2 year program will prepare me for my future career and will make close connections with the garment production and sales industry. After obtaining my degree, I would like to work for a fashion brand company and have my own company. I can’t wait to meet the challenges!
My name is Jing Yao and I’m a graduate student in TATM. I received my bachelor degree in Textile Chemical Engineering from Donghua University in Shanghai, China. It inspired me to pursue my master degree in Textiles when working in the department of Product Safety Service of Environment, Health and Safety a few years ago. NC State is the only school I applied for because COT provides comprehensive studies in textile. I’m looking to leverage my industry background in the expected research area of sustainability.
I’m from Donghua University, and I majored in textile designing. The lessons I used to learn can be summed and divided into three parts: how to design the appearance of textile products, the technologies to make those products and to understand some of fashion trend and customer needs. I used to be an intern in a fabric company in Shanghai for 2 months in the last summer holiday and I saw a lot of amazing and interesting fabrics in this company that I have never seen before and this experience broadened my horizon. I would like to open a shop for textile products in the future. And I think I can learn a lot of skills and knowledge that I need from the courses of TATM. And I know that there are two areas in TATM, Retail and Brand Management and Textile and fashion design, and I am very interested in these two areas, so I chose TATM.