The capstone course for Textile Engineering and Textile Technology seniors provides companies the opportunity to work with student teams to innovate in product and/or process development. In working with the student teams, your company can explore material – property design, develop new directions for existing products, or take your products into a new marketspace. Our students apply their classroom knowledge to gain hands-on experience in taking a project from concept to proven prototype. They utilize their expertise in engineering fundamentals, information systems, medical textiles, product development, supply chain management, testing and consumer behavior to solve your product or process challenge. Through your sponsored project, students learn project management and product design principles that leverage the global textile complex and make the transition from students to professionals.

Fast facts about TE/TT Senior Design

  • Have run over 160 projects since 2013
  • Brought in over $1.1M in donations through sponsorships
  • Cross collaboration across campus including the ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering), CBE (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and MSE (Materials Science and Engineering) departments


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Senior Design Co-Directors

Russell E. Gorga (Ph.D., Iowa State University, Chemical Engineering) is a Full Professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department at NC State University and former Program Director of Textile Engineering.  His main interests lie in developing polymer nanocomposites with improved properties (mechanical and conductive) for a variety of functional applications.

Before coming to NC State, Dr. Gorga was a post doctoral associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers (such as poly (methyl methacrylate).  In addition, Dr. Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semi-crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications.

Jesse S. Jur (on sabbatical)  (Ph.D., NC State University, Materials Science and Engineering) is a Full 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 Engineering, From 2001-2002, Dr. Jur worked as a process development engineer 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 10 patents. 

Senior Design Project Coordinator

Amanda C. Mills (interim co-director) (Ph.D., NC State University, Mechanical Engineering) is a fusion designer and project coordinator in the Nano-EXtended Textiles (NEXT) research group in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University. Her focus is on developing innovative methods for electronics integration into textiles. She creates full system demonstration platforms to examine the impact of the textile on the device and vice versa.  For example, this has included system level electronic designs and knit structure designs for human energy harvesting and physiological sensing.

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