Meet Our Graduate Students

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Kristin Adejuwon

scottI 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

Shahida Afrin

I grew up in Bangladesh which is a world hub of apparel industries. With my childhood curiosity of how color and yarn are 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 converting the very simple yarn into a beautiful dress. Thus, my interest and passion for design increased.

I started my job in the industry but found that technological advancement is not reflected in my employing company. I started reading recent trend and the impact of modern technology in textile design. Then I decided to start my M.S. at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University which has bridged the design and technology. Now I am mastering 3D technology and CAD. My goal is the fusion of state of the art technology in fashion.

Gina Aliaga

aliagaI 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.


Ms. Allwine

My name is Amanda Allwine. I am a graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Merchandising, Cum Laude, with double minors in Marketing and Studio Art. Since graduating, I completed a production internship with Two Fold Clothing and had a full time position as a pattern vectorizer at Natural Auto Products. I chose to complete a Master of Textiles at NC State University because of the innovative technology, intelligent professors, and numerous state-of-the-art notions of textiles. In a career, I hope to create a more sustainable industry through product design and development.



Julia Anzano

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My name is Julia Anzano. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Textiles through North Carolina State University’s DE program. I grew up in New Jersey. I currently work full time in Product Development for Coach in Manhattan, New York. I have been with Coach for two years, previously working in Color and Concept, and Design Studio Management departments. I previously attended Florida State University, where I received a Graduate Certificate in Global Merchandising and Product Development and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Retail Merchandising and Product Development. During my time at Florida State University I ran for their Cross-Country Program. As I continue in the DE program at North Carolina State University I enjoy applying my knowledge to the fashion industry every day.


Dakota Batch

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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.

Caitlyn Burnell


My name is Caitlyn Burnell. I am from a small island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay called Kent Island. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences: Fashion Merchandising and Interiors from Liberty University in 2014. In 2013, I started a ministry on campus with my professor at Liberty University making reusable sanitary pads for women in rural Democratic Republic of Congo. I was presented with awards at the 2013 Virginia Family and Consumer Sciences Conference and the Liberty University FACS Commencement Ceremony 2014 for my work in humanitarian aid. Currently, I am working towards my graduate degree in Textiles. I work in a historic home in downtown Annapolis studying 18th century textiles. I have a passion for teaching others about what I love, which is textiles. I also have goal to use my specific knowledge and experience to find unique solutions to issues women face in developing countries. I plan to teach in higher education when I complete my degree at NC State, but I plan to never stop learning and growing in my education.

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.


Yining Chen

chenMy name is Yining Chen. I finished my undergraduate study in Jiangnan University studying Apparel design and engineering in 2019. I came to NC State to pursue my master degree in apparel and textile technology and management. I focus on textile design and product development. The innovative technology and abundant teaching resources here developed my critical thinking skills and creativity. My goal is to distribute myself in the textile design industry.




Yu Chen


Hi! My name is Yu Chen, and I’m from Suzhou, China. I graduated from Jiangnan University with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and engineering. I’m now pursuing my master’s degree in TATM, focusing on textile and apparel design. I’m so glad that as a 3+X student, I had this wonderful chance to study in NC State and explore this new place. The resources and learning environment here opened my mind and improved my way of thinking and doing. My life in the U.S. will be my unforgettable memory.




Ms. CohenHi! My name is Nina, and I’m from a tiny town called Metuchen, located in the middle of New Jersey. In 2017, I received my B.S., and graduated cum laude from The Fashion Institute of Technology. I majored in Textile Development and Marketing, and minored in Ethics and Sustainability. During my BS program, I’ve had opportunities to intern with the companies Coach, and F. Schumacher, as well as be a student ambassador for Cotton Inc., and get published in the Cotton Yearbook. Post undergraduate, I worked as a research and development assistant at Banana Republic. I later returned to F. Schumacher to run their sampling department. Performance textiles, dyeing, and sustainability have always been some of my biggest interest. My professors from FIT steered me towards NC State’s TATM programs. After meeting professors, and touring the labs and facilities, I was absolutely sold on the M.S. of Textiles program. I look forward taking part in innovative projects, and networking with the best our industry has to offer! I feel confident the Wilson College of Textiles will put me on the best path to a successful textile career.

Zihan Dou

douMy name is Zihan Dou and I am from Zhengzhou, China. In May 2018, I finished my bachelors degree in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Fashion Development and Product Management at NC State University Wilson College of Textiles. In my undergraduate years, I had an opportunity to study abroad in Florence Italy and intern as a designer assistant in Line Soul Fashion Co., LTD in China. My master’s thesis research is focused on the use of 3D apparel simulation in the process of apparel customization. During these five and a half years studying and living in America, I have become a person who is independent, inclusive of diversity and open minded. My experiences at NC State will always be treasured.


Avoni Gharde

ghardeI am from Mumbai, India. I completed my undergraduate in Textiles from the 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 into the prestigious Wilson College of Textiles! I interned for 6 weeks at BASF in 2014 where I conducted tests and evaluation of auxiliaries and performance chemicals in the Textiles department and 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!



Peyton Hartis

Ms. HartisMy name is Peyton Hartis and I am from a town outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. In May 2018, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from NC State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion and Textile Management and a minor in Design Studies. During my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, as well as intern in Men’s Knit and Sweater Design for Nautica in New York. Through the Wilson College of Textiles I participated in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Master’s program where I began taking Master’s level courses during my time as an undergrad. I am continuing my education to achieve a Master of Science degree in Textiles. I intend to focus my research in 3D pattern development and production to further my knowledge on product development. I am excited to continue my education at the Wilson College of Textiles!


Mario Hernandez

Mr. HernandezMy 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.



Hiam Hindi

hindiI 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 and Apparel, Technology and 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.

Uikyung Jung

grad studentMy 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.



Melanie Katherine

Ms. KatherineMy 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.

Madison Lanier

Ms. LanierMy name is Madison Lanier and I am from Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from North Carolina State University in May 2018 with a B.S. in the medical concentration of Textile Technology, I decided to deepen my knowledge of technical textiles by pursuing a Master of Textiles. The worldwide reputation for excellence of the Wilson College of Textiles, including the faculty and college itself, combined with my personal experiences as an undergraduate convinced me that I should pursue my Master’s degree nowhere else but NC State. I hope to assist in the improvement of medical devices in quality, safety, and overall function by applying my knowledge of textile materials and structures.




Emily Law

Emily LawI graduated in May of 2015 with a B.S. from the NC State Wilson College of Textiles. I received my degree in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Fashion Management and Product Development. I chose to continue my education at the Wilson College of Textiles and get an M.S. 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.


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


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!

Jiayin Li

Jiayin LiI’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 focusing on silk products including scarves and home textile products. I choose the TATM program for several reasons, the first being the 3+X program, it helps me to finish my bachelor degree in 3 years and continue graduate study at NC State for 2 years, so I spent one year less than my bachelor school mates. The second reason is the resources here in TATM, the company resources and industry contact are very helpful for study and further my 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.

Philipp Lindemann

Originally from northern Germany, I have lived in North Carolina since 2007. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 2015 and am now returning as a first-year graduate student to re-route my pathway from a legal and political career to one in retail merchandising and marketing. I am based out of Raleigh and pursuing this degree via distance education while I balance an assistant store manager position with American Eagle Outfitters, currently in Goldsboro’s Berkeley Mall. Much of my work there, aside from team leadership and development, focuses on sales floor merchandising, having coordinated many seasonal updates, as well as participated in the remodeling of the Aerie at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. Beyond the Wilson College of Textiles, my goal is to combine my academic endeavors and my field work proficiency to make an impact in store experience or buying at a brand with international acclaim.


Michael McDonald

Maggie and Mike's wedding at the Nelson Gay in Barbados.

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 Wilson College of Textiles in 2009, I decided to return to the Wilson College of Textiles in order to obtain my PhD and continue my love of teaching as a Professor for the Wilson College of Textiles.



Hyeongmin Moon

moonMy 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. MooreMegan 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

zoeMy name is Zoe Newman. I am a Master of Science student with a concentration in Textiles. I attended NC State University for my Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion and Textile Design, where I developed and honed my skills in knitting, weaving, and technical fabric and print 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 specifically interested in learning more about how textile technology, 3D printing, and other innovations can impact fabric design and our future.



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 a metropolitan city, Mumbai, has been rather 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 learnt a lot from the basics of sourcing to 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 is more advanced than the most countries, especially in the field of textile and fashion, has motivated me to venture into the current course of Master of Textiles. I have only begun to explore my potential and would delve deeper to continue to strive to excellence.

Zahra Saki

Zahra Saki is a Ph.D. candidate in Textile Technology Management with a minor in Statistics expected to graduate in Fall 2018. Earned a BSc. in Textiles Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology. While working as a sales engineer and account manager in textile machinery and raw material industry pursued an MSc. in Textiles Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic followed by an Executive MBA with a Marketing focus. Upon completion moved into a leadership role to manage international sourcing and procuring activities in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. Her areas of interest include economic competitiveness, business and statistical analysis, supply chain management, global marketing.



Jennifer Vekert

vekertMy name is Jennifer Vekert and I am a 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.




Ms. WilliamsI am from Charlotte, North Carolina and recently obtained my Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology in May 2018. I am currently working to obtain my Master of Science in Textiles. I chose to further my education at NC State in order to reach my desire of leading a research and development team and to introduce innovation to the industry. I settled upon this after I served as a Research and Development Intern at Dystar, where color matching services and textile dye formulation is their focus. My research focused on modifying the traditional method of dyeing cotton which is typically done with direct dye; we cationized cotton fabric and executed a series of trials by dyeing the fabric with acid dye, an unconventional method. This experience allowed me to become familiar with working independently in a laboratory setting, creating test plans and maintaining a research journal. It is because of the guidance I received at NC State University that allowed me to be successful at my work and I am forever grateful for that! My desire is to be a part of the groundbreaking work which textile technologists research and develop, because textile materials are an integral part of our lives; you cannot go a day without touching a textile. It is fascinating to me the things that textiles and fabrics can do, how they can be manipulated, engineered and designed to help society in numerous ways.

J’Den Williams

grad studentOriginally 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.


Haritha Yadala

Ms. YadalaWith love for color and passion to dress up my dear ones, I chose fashion and textiles as my career. I have a bachelor’s degree in textile design and an associates in merchandise product development. My zeal for design earned me a gold medal in my bachelors for my academic performance and my dedication helped me win President’s honor roll during my associates degree. I worked as a Print designer for a few clothing brands and found utmost joy to see my art worn by a large number of customers. During the course of my study and work, I have experienced an intimate understanding that fiber is the foremost element to start with, in a design process. Since then I wanted to study further and enrolled into NC State for a Masters in Textile Sciences. With the state of art laboratories at NCSU, it is possible to interact better with textiles and earn all the necessary tools to develop innovative thinking. My ultimate goal is to excite end customers designing better and smarter fabrics.


Lian Zeng

zhengMy 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.