Distinguished Young Alumni Award
The Distinguished Young Alumni Award was created to recognize the Young Alumni of Wilson College who are making an impact in their field.
The Wilson College of Textiles has over 10,000 alumni and has a long, storied history of successful graduates. The Dean’s Young Alumni Leadership Council is pleased to introduce the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. This Award recognizes Wilson College Young Alumni who are under 40 years of age and have made significant contributions to their community and company. Honorees will be selected based on, but not limited to, the below criteria:
- Professional Achievement (e.g. management roles, strategic impact, technical innovation, etc.)
- Wilson College Core Values (e.g. compassion, equity, collaboration, innovation and sustainability)
- Service to their industry (e.g. research, memberships in professional organizations, patents, technical publications, etc.)
- Community and/or Public Service (e.g. NC State, United Way, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, etc.)
- Entrepreneurship (e.g. business founder, industry disruption, economic stimulation, etc.)
Two young alumni, one from each academic department (TATM and TECS) will be honored annually. Applicants do not have to be working in the textile industry. Individuals are open to self-nominate or be nominated by others. Honorees will be announced in the Winter Young Alumni Newsletter and invited to participate in priority events throughout the 2021 calendar year.
Are you a young alumna or alumni who has made significant contributions to their community and company? Or do you know someone that deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments? Then nominate today for the upcoming Distinguished Young Alumni Award. The current nomination period closes on November 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Ritika Burman ’15Program Manager, Social Responsibility at Amazon
After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Home Science and Human Ecology) and Master of Science (Textile and Clothing) degrees from Delhi University, Ritika Burman made her way to the Wilson College of Textiles to pursue her passion. She earned a doctorate in Textile Technology Management in 2015 with a focus on sustainability in the textile, apparel and footwear industry.
Jessica Singleton ’09Senior Technical Designer & Mask Expert at Hanesbrands Inc.
Singleton graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile and Apparel Management with a concentration in Fashion Development and Product Management. She went on to earn an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where her thesis collection was featured in Teen Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily.