Student Experience

Fall Experience

Center for Creative Leadership workshop

Rice bag challenge

Project management

Market research and benchmarking


Pitches and presentation

Spring Experience

Prototyping in ZTE labs with sponsor vendors

Material sourcing

Hands-on testing

Facility tours with sponsors and vendors

Design Day

Example Jobs of Graduates

  • Materials Developer at The North Face
  • R&D Engineer at Guilford Performance Textiles
  • Graduate Student at Wilson College of Textiles
  • Process Engineer at Noble Biomaterials
  • M.S. Candidate in Analytics at Institute for Advanced Analytics
  • Data Science Associate at HanesBrands Inc
  • Global Textile Sourcing Developer

Senior Design Admin Team

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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