Faculty Mentors

Jesse S. Jur

Jesse S. Jur

Educational Experience:
Post Doctoral, Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2008-2009
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2007
M.S., Chemical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2003
B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of South Carolina, 2001

Industrial Experience:
Jesse S. Jur is currently an Associate Professor in Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science Department at NC State University and is a member of the Textile Engineering and Textile Technology faculty.   His main interests are in nanotechnology applications to textiles, including nanoscale surface modifications and the incorporation of electronics into wearable platforms.

Before coming to NC State for his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineerings, From 2001-2002, Dr. Jur worked as a process development engineer (‘01-‘02) at NeoPhotonics Inc., in San Jose CA, where he focused on fabrication methods for erbium-doped fiber amplifiers.  In addition, Dr. Jur has gained experience in process design from IBM Research, Advanced Micro Devices, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, from which he has been awarded 8 patents.

Dr. Jur’s goal is to foster an active learning environment that teaches the students to be creative and independent.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, throwing darts, spending time with his wife and 2 dogs, and listening to music with good bourbon.

Russell E. Gorga

Russell E. Gorga

Educational Experience:
Post Doctoral, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002 – 2003
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1997
B.S., Materials Engineering, Drexel University, 1994

Dr. Russell E. Gorga is Professor of Textile Engineering, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Department Head in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department at NC State University. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the Fiber and Polymer Science program and has affiliate appointments in both Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Gorga is currently involved in creating new processing modalities for nanofiber fabrication with applications ranging from tissue scaffolds (for regenerative medicine), antimicrobial fabrics, and filtration applications.

Dr. Gorga is the co-director of the Textile Engineering and Textile Technology Senior Design Capstone Program where the students learn how to apply the technical design cycle coupled with project management and teambuilding skills while working to solve open-ended industry relevant problems. In addition, he is also very active in problem and project based learning (PBL) initiatives and active learning pedagogies (including a flipped classroom approach).

In 2010, Dr. Gorga received the “Professional Progress in Engineering Award” from the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Gorga received the NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award (2007 and 2016), the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award (2016), the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award (2017), and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers (2007).

Before coming to NC State, Dr. Gorga was a post-doctoral associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers using carbon nanotubes. Earlier, Dr. Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation (where he received the Special Recognition Award in 1998) from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semi-crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications.

Dr. Gorga is also extremely interested in classroom innovations, and continually seeks new ways to make the classroom a learning-focused environment.

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, kayaking, photography, and music.