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Advisory Council

The Techtextil North America Symposium has become a leading educational forum where professionals come together to listen and learn from industry leaders and subject matter experts as they present some of the most pivotal advancements in textile research and technology, discuss emerging trends, and shed light on the current global economic state and its effects across the textile and nonwovens industries. The 2019 Symposium is being developed in conjunction with our official academic partner, NCSU’s College of Textiles. Connect with us on Social Media and sign up for our Newsletter for updates to the speaker lineup and a release of the full schedule.

Meet the Advisory Council for Techtextil North America 2019!

Dr. Roger L. Barker

Dr. Roger Barker
Professor, North Carolina State University, and Director of TPACC

Roger L. Barker is a Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at North Carolina State University and Director of TPACC.  He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of thermal protective clothing and comfort and heat stress in clothing systems.  Barker has published many technical papers on the subject of the effects of intense heat exposures on fabric materials including exposures to flash fire, molten metal, hot surface contact and radiant energy.  He was Chairman of the 1984 ASTM International Symposium on the Performance of Protective Clothing.  He is an active participant in several committees of the National Fire Protection Association, which are involved in the development of standards for the performance of protective clothing.  Barker holds B. S. and M. S. Degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D., in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.  Read more

Dr. Phillip Bradford

Dr. Phillip Bradford
Associate Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University 

Dr. Bradford's research group focuses its efforts on the synthesis of ultra-high aspect ratio carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and production of textile like structures from those unique CNTs. The CNT textiles are currently being explored in applications such as composites, sensors, electrodes and filtration. 

He has the following degrees: B.S. Textile Engineering, M.S. Material Science and Engineering, M.S. Textile Engineering, and Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering (all from North Carolina State University). He is a member of Materials Research Society and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). Read more

Sam Buff

Sam Buff
Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College 

The Textile Center can assist you in product development and sample development. From melt spinning of filament to carding, drawing, ring, open end, air-jet and vortex spinning of staple yarns, the Center has state of the art equipment. The Textile Center has two physical testing labs that house over $1 million worth of equipment that make it possible to perform a wide variety of physical testing on fibers, yarns and fabrics. The Textile Center has two labs devoted to problem solving with solution options. The Analytical Chemistry Lab and the Microscopy/Defect Analysis Lab are not only integrated with each other, but also integrated with the production and Physical Testing departments. Let the Textile Center help fill any textile knowledge voids you may have, or wish to enhance. All aspects of process development and textile laboratory techniques are taught by the Center. Read more

Dr. Jeff Joines

Dr. Jeff Joines
Department Head and Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University 

Jeff received all four of his engineering degrees from NC State University. Jeff’s expertise is in supply chain optimization utilizing computer simulation where he has published numerous papers and given many international presentations. He has helped many fortune 500 companies with efficiency and process improved projects. He was the Co-Proceedings Editor for the 2000 Winter Simulation Conference, the Program Chair for the 2005 WSC and currently sits on the WSC Board.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in computer information and database systems, computer-based modelling in Excel and VBA, simulation modelling using SIMIO, and Lean Six-Sigma. Read more

Dr. Jesse Jur

Dr. Jesse Jur
Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Professor Jur’s research targets the development of materials processing methods for nanoscale inorganic integration with polymer-based materials, including nonwoven textiles. Applications for his research include new electronic textiles that respond to chemical, photo and mechanical environmental changes, as well as the enhancement of the mechanical and thermal stability of modified fiber systems. He has the following degrees: Post Doctoral Associate, Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University; Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University; M.S., Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Chemical Engineering from The University of South Carolina. Read more

Dr. Martin King

Dr. Martin King
Professor, TECS, North Carolina State University

Martin King is regarded as an international specialist in the area of biotextiles, implantable devices, biomaterials and medical textiles. He joined the Department of Textiles and Apparel, Technology and Management in September 2000 following over 30 years experience working in industry, education and the government sector in Canada and Europe.

As one of the first graduates in Polymer Technology from Manchester University, U.K., Martin King was hired by Canadian Industries Limited (I.C.I. Fibres Division), and later by Celanese Canada Limited, Montreal, Canada, to work as a product development engineer on nylon and polyester fibers and yarns at its Millhaven plant in Kingston, Ontario, Canada . Read more

Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi

Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi
Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute

Behnam Pourdeyhimi is the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension. He also serves as the Director of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

Behnam received his Ph. D. from Leeds University in 1982. This was followed by positions as a research scientist at NCSU and then at Cornell University. His distinguished academic career has taken him through University of Maryland (1984-1995) and Ga. Tech. (1995-1999) before returning to NC State. Read more

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