The Textile Engineering Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum drawing on diverse science and engineering principles. Textile Engineering students develop a unique background, which allows them to pursue undergraduate research, summer internship experiences and design projects ranging from artificial blood vessel development to the design of novel water filtration units for remote villages to structures to protect astronauts from radiation while on the moon. The program offers small class sizes with personal attention from faculty. In addition, in the last three years graduates have had nearly 100 percent placement into full-time employment or graduate school. Compared to the rest of NC State, the Wilson College of Textiles has the highest percentage of students participating in its scholarship programs. Indeed, more than 50 percent of all textile engineering students receive scholarship support!
The TE curriculum provides a broad base of fundamental engineering courses as a foundation for studies in textile engineering. Students then select from three concentrations:
Information Systems Design
Whether one is controlling the latest machines or managing a company’s inventory and supply chain, computer information systems make the world go. This concentration provides the student with the use of database information systems and is linked with Industrial Engineering, which allows most of the students to minor in IE while some choose to minor/double major in Computer Science.
This concentration focuses on the design of new and innovative products and is the most multi-disciplinary and flexible. Students may concentrate on specific areas of interest including bio-medical materials, sports textiles, and composites. Some students in this concentration choose to double major in Biomedical Engineering while others minor in Material Science.
This concentration is designed to combine both Textile and Chemical Engineering to develop chemical process improvement engineers for industries dealing with fibers and polymers.
Some students graduate and hope to get a job to make a living. Our students graduate and get a job so they can make a difference.
Who is a Textile Engineer?
A textile engineer is someone who…
• Develops a nano-composite material for deep space exploration
• Integrates a worldwide distribution program, eliminating a company’s reliance on regional stockpiles
• Develops new biocompatible materials for artificial organs, blood vessels, tendons, or ligaments
• Designs a product that grants more independence to those with disabilities
…to make a difference. Is this you?
The Textile Engineering Program is accredited by ABET, and is a joint program between College of Engineering and Wilson College of Textiles. Textile engineering courses deal with the application of scientific and engineering principles to the design and control of all aspects of fiber, textile, and apparel processes, products, and machinery. These include natural and man-made materials, interaction of materials with machines, safety and health, energy conservation, and waste and pollution control. Additionally, students are given experience in plant design and layout, machine and wet process design and improvement, and designing and creating textile products. Throughout the Textile Engineering curriculum, students take classes from other engineering and disciplines including: Mechanical, Chemical, Materials and Industrial Engineering Departments.
The Textile Engineering Program will be recognized as the premier international program for preparing young men and women engineers for the textile industry and beyond. This recognition will be based upon the excellence of: entering students, faculty, resources, educational experiences, student and faculty diversity, and impact on the industry.
Program Educational Objectives
Within a few years after graduation, alumni from the Textile Engineering program will have attained:
1. Recognized contributions in the workplace that involve creative and critical thinking in applying the discipline’s body of knowledge and for tackling contemporary issues and engineering challenges that face our global society;
2. A reputation of problem solving in a professional, ethical and safe manner;
3. Established communication and teaming skills in a professional environment;
4. Evidence of continuous learning through seeking educational and developmental opportunities and by adapting to ever-changing economic, social, and technological environments.
For additional information on Textile Engineering contact:
Dr. Philip Bradford, Associate Professor
Textile Engineering Program Director
Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science