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Textile Engineering Program

Textile Building/Centennial Campus, Room 3270

The Textile Engineering (TE) Program at North Carolina State University is administered jointly by the College of Textiles and the College of Engineering and is an interdisciplinary curriculum drawing on diverse science and engineering principles. Textile engineering students develop a unique background, through undergraduate research, summer intern experiences, and design projects ranging from artificial blood vessel development to the design of novel high-tech sporting equipment. Textile engineers also design computer information systems that can integrate a worldwide distribution program eliminating a company’s reliance on regional stockpiles or streamline an industrial process using Six Sigma quality saving a company millions of dollars. The program offers small class sizes with personal attention from faculty. With the focus on interdisciplinary research, the opportunities for textile engineers have never been brighter.


Textile engineers, teaming with chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and other engineers are designing new polymers, fibers, and textile structures to revolutionize the future of materials. Whether it be for personal protective garments such as bullet proof vests and Gore-tex® or materials used in the next generation space shuttle and the stealth bomber, textile engineers are developing products that are stronger, lighter, and more durable than current materials. Textile engineers are employed in a wide variety of industries that include aerospace, automotive, chemical, composites, management consulting, fiber processing, medical devices, manufacturing and retail, and textile processing.

The TE Program provides a fundamental engineering degree with a working knowledge of the very large textile industry as well as its allied industries. We have our own career planning and placement center to assist students in identifying and selecting internships and permanent careers. Historically, TE graduates have had nearly 100% placement into graduate school or full time employment with starting salaries among the highest at N.C. State University. Compared to the rest of North Carolina State University, the College of Textiles has the highest percentage of students participating in scholarship programs. Indeed, over 50% of all Textile Engineering students receive scholarship support! Owing to the size of the program, many of our undergraduate students participate in research with our world renowned faculty further providing financial assistance as well as professional growth. Almost all of our textile engineering students participate in summer internships. Most of our graduates select jobs that are located in the Southeast, but others who desire to work in other regions of the country have opportunities to do so. Our graduates work in the biomedical industries on the east and west coasts and in Chicago, the automotive industry in Michigan, the aerospace industry in Texas, as well as large apparel and retail companies in Oregon, Maryland, California, Utah, Ohio and North Carolina.


The TE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The TE program has three concentrations allowing a customized curriculum that fits your specific educational goals. The concentrations emphasize Information Systems Design, Chemical Processing and Product Engineering. Minors in associated engineering fields (e.g., Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, and Materials Science) as well as foreign language minors are strongly encouraged as part of the academic plan. For exceptional students, dual degree programs with Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering provide a bachelor degree in two engineering majors with one additional semester of course work.

Educational Objectives

The Textile Engineering Program of the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science is committed to instill a strong academic program whereby graduates, within the first few years after graduation are prepared for the following accomplishments:

  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; and
  4. Evidence of continuous learning through seeking educational and developmental opportunities and by adapting to ever-changing economic, social, and technological environments.

Specific curriculum requirements are available online.

Head, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

J.A. Joines

Associate Head

R.E. Gorga


Director of Undergraduate Programs

R.E. Gorga

Director of Graduate Programs

M. Pasquinelli

Burlington Chair in Textile Technology

R.L. Barker

William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor

B. Pourdeyhimi


R.L. Barker

W.J. Jasper

J.P. Rust

X. Zhang

Teaching Professor

H. Hamouda

Associate Professor

P.D. Bradford

R. Gorga

J.A. Joines

W.E. Krause

J. P. Lavelle
Associate Dean of Academics

M.A. Pasquinelli

Assistant Professor

J.S. Jur

Adjunct professor

A. Bogdanovich

Adjunct Professor

T.G. Clapp

Professors Emeriti

K.R. Beck

P.L. Grady

B.S. Gupta

G.N. Mock

Adjunct Associate Professor

M. Acar

K. El-Tahlawy

E.S. Greenhalgh

J. Kaufman

T. Montgomery

Adjunct Assistant Professor

M. Afshari

N. Anantharamaiah

L. Dickinson

L.F. Fryer

P.D. Kirven

B. Martin

R.A.F. Moore

I. Parker

J.A. Willoughby

B.Y. Yeom

Research Assistant Professor

B. Mazé

Q. Shi

E. Shim

M. Szymczyk

Adjunct Lecturer

S. Dunning

A. Hunt-Lowery

Associate Member of the Faculty

R.J. Spontak

L.I. Clark

TE - Textile Engineering Courses

TE 105 Textile Engineering: Materials and Systems 2.
Corequisite: CH 101.

Introducation to textile engineering, polymers and fibers with emphasis on applications. Discussions of what makes macromolecules unique and pairing of material properties to a given application. Other discussions by various TE faculty giving students a picture of the breadth of the program. This course will also help develop leadership/team work skills and oral/written communications.

TE 110 Computer-Based Modeling for Engineers 3.
Prerequisite: E 115, Corequisite: MA 141.

Introductory course in computer-based modeling and programming using Visual Basic for Applications. Emphasis on algorithm development and engineering problem solving. Methodical development of VBA within applications like Microsoft Excel and Access from specifications; documentation, style; control structures; classes and methods; data types and data abstraction; object-oriented programming and design; graphical user interface design. Projects: design problems from electrical, industrial, textile, and financial systems. Functional relationships will be given and programs will be designed and developed from a list of specifications.

TE 200 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering 3.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better CH 101.

Science and engineering of large molecules. Correlation of molecular structure and properties of polymers in solution and in bulk. Introductory polymer synthesis and kinetics. Analysis of physical methods for characterization of molecular weight, morphology, rheology, and mechanical behavior. The content will be focused on polymer synthesis, structure, and properties. The course will focus on a thorough understanding of polymer concepts and definitions, equations to calculate properties, and equipment used to measure properties.

TE 201 Textile Engineering Science 4.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MA 241, PY 205; and Corequisite: TE/ISE 110.

Structure, physical and mechanical properties of fibers; structure of assemblies. Structure/property relations. Laboratory exercises in characterization of fiber properties.

TE 205 Analog and Digital Circuits 4.
Prerequisite: C- or better in TE 110, PY 208, Corequisite: MA 341.

Fundamentals of analog and digital circuit analysis and design. The course will present the systematic analysis and design of AC and DC circuits using Ohms and Kirchhoff's laws, the node voltage method, Thevenin and Norton's theorem, Laplace Transforms, resistance, capacitance, inductance, operational amplifiers, and frequency response. Next, the design of combinatorial and synchronous sequential circuit design will be covered using Karnaugh maps, laws of Boolean algebra, flip-flops, state machines, and latches. Laboratory exercises will supplement the topics presented in class.

TE 301 Engineering Textile Structures I: Linear Assemblies 3.
Prerequisite: (MAE 206 or CE 214) and MA 242.

Engineering analysis of textile structures, especially yarns. Unit processes of production, handling and packaging. Production sequences, intermachine effects, machine design and their consequences on the textile product.

TE 302 Textile Manufacturing Processes and Systems II 4.
Prerequisite: TE 301 and C- or better in TE/ISE 110.

Mechanisms used in the production of woven, knitted and nonwoven fabrics. Design and operation of these mechanisms and their impact on the fabric. System dynamics of the different fabric forming processes.

TE 303 Thermodynamics for Textile Engineers 3.
Prerequisite: MA 242, PY 208.

Introduction to the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfer and transformation of energy with an emphasis on thermodynamic properties and the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. The fundamentals of thermodynamics will be emphasized, although more applied examples and problems will be heavily utilized.

TE 401 Textile Engineering Design I 4.
Prerequisite: TE 302.

The design process including initial specification, design constraints, sources of information and design strategy. Development of fact-finding ability in areas unfamiliar to the student. Analysis of existing designs and the development of improved or new designs.

TE 402 Textile Engineering Design II 4.
Prerequisite: TE 401.

Application of textile engineering principles using team approach to design, construct and analyze novel engineering solutions to textile industry problems. Evaluation of design to assess the impact on worker, industry and society.

TE 404 Textile Engineering Quality Improvement 3.
Prerequisite: ST 370 and C- or better in TE/ISE 110.

Defining and quantifying quality of textile products; quality improvement using statistical process control (SPC) and design of experiment (DOE) techniques.

TE 424 Textile Engineering Quality Improvement Laboratory 1.
Corequisite: TE 404.

Application of process improvement methods to textile systems using statistical software. Laboratory supplements lecture material presented in TE 404.

TE 435 Process Systems Analysis and Control 3.
Prerequisite: (MA 341 and TE 205) or CHE 312.

Dynamic analysis and continuous control of chemical and material engineering processes. Process modeling; stability analysis, design and selection of control schemes. Solution of differential equations using Laplace transform techniques.

TE 440 Textile Information Systems Design 4.
Prerequisite: C- or better in TE/ISE 110 and JR standing.

Textile information system design, real-world constraints. Principles of hardware, software, security and ethics issues. Emphasis on solving a real world problem. Credit will not be given for both TE 440 and TE 540.

TE 463 Polymer Engineering 3.
Prerequisite: MSE 201 or BME 203; and Corequisite: TE 303, MAE 301, or MSE 301.

Chemical and physical properties of polymers and fibers; thermodynamics of crystallization, time dependent phenomena, fracture mechanics and rheology. Advanced topics in extrusion.

TE 466 Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering 3.
Prerequisite: PY 208 and (TE 200 or CH 220 or CH 221 or CH 225) and (MAE 206 or CE 214).

In-depth study of the engineering design of biomedical polymers and implants. Polymeric biomaterials, including polymer synthesis and structure, polymer properties as related to designing orthopedic and vascular grafts. Designing textile products as biomaterials including surface modification and characterization techniques. Bioresorbable polymers.

TE 467 Mechanics of Tissues & Implants Requirements 3.
Prerequisite: (ZO 160 or BIO 183) and (MAE 314 or CE 313).

Application of engineering and biological principles to understand the structure and performance of tendons, ligaments, skin, and bone; bone mechanics; viscoelasticity of soft biological tissues; models of soft biological tissues; mechanics of skeletal muscle; and tissue-derived devices as well as interfaces between native tissues and synthetic devices.

TE 492 Special Topics in Textile Engineering 1-3.

Presentation of material not normally available in regular course offerings or offering of new courses on a trial basis. Credits and content determined by faculty member in consultation with the Department Head.

TE 505 Textile Systems and Control 3.
Prerequisite: TE 305, CSC 114.

Theory and application of instruments and control systems used in modern textile plants. Description of basic instruments and computer systems along with their use in process control, production control, research and development.

TE 533 Lean Six Sigma Quality 3.
Prerequisite: ST 361 and ST 371, or equivalent.

Systematic approach (Lean Six Sigma philosophy) for improving products and processes. Defining the improvement opportunity, measurement system analysis, data collection, statistical analysis, design of experiment (DOE) methods, and statistical process control (SPC) methods. Application of Lean Six sigma methods to improve product or process.

TE 540 Textile Information Systems Design 4.
Prerequisite: Introductory Programming Course.

Textile information system design, real-world constraints. Principles of hardware, software, security and ethics issues. Emphasis on solving a real world problem. Credit will not be given for both TE 440 and TE 540.

TE 550 Clothing Comfort and Personal Protection Science 3.
R: Graduate Standing or Permission of Instructor.

The course presents scientific principles for characterization and development of comfortable and/or protective textiles and clothing. Properties associated with human tactile response, thermal comfort and heat stress are emphasized. Inherent issues of balancing comfort versus protection are illustrated by research studies on performance garments or protective clothing systems. Methods and standards for evaluating comfort and protective performance range from bench level instruments to system level tests for ensembles using instrumented manikins, human clothing wear trials, and physiological tests.

TE 551 Human Physiology for Clothing and Wearables 3.
R: Graduate Standing or Permission of Instructor.

This course addresses key principles involved in the interaction between textiles and the human being: basic anatomy and physiology, individual differences, heat balance and ergonomics. Effects of climate and clothing systems on physiology and ability to perform work, and thermal strain of active, clothed humans will be the focus. Students will conduct thermal analysis of human heat balance, including the influence of clothing. Measurements techniques related to exercise physiology, and application of sensors and instruments systems will be discussed.

TE 562 Simulation Modeling 3.

This course concentrates on design, construction, and use of discrete/continuous simulation object-based models employing the SIMIO software, with application to manufacturing, service, and healthcare. The focus is on methods for modeling and analyzing complex problems using simulation objects. Analysis includes data-based modeling, process design, input modeling, output analysis, and the use of 3D animation with other graphical displays. Object-oriented modeling is used to extend models and enhance re-usability.

TE 565 Textile Composites 3.
Prerequisite: MA 341, MAE 206.

Fiber architecture of textiles used for composites. Manufacturing processes and geometric quantification. Basic analysis for predicting elastic properties. Interrelationship of elastic properties and geometric quantities. Failure criteria for these materials.

TE 566 Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering 3.
Prerequisite: PY 208 and (TE 200 or CH 220 or CH 221 or CH 225) and (MAE 206 or CE 214).

In-depth study of the engineering design of biomedical polymers and implants. Polymeric biomaterials, including polymer synthesis and structure, polymer properties as related to designing orthopedic and vascular grafts. Designing textile products as biomaterials including surface modification and characterization techniques. Bioresorbable polymers.

TE 570 Polymer Physics 3.

Polymer microstructures, polymer solutions, polymer physical states (including amorphous polymers, crystalline polymers, polymer melts, melting of polymers, glass-transition, and other transitions), polymer blends, polymer mechanical properties, polymer viscoelasticity and flow, multicomponent polymer systems, and modern polymer topics. The physics of polymer fibers. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

TE 589 Special Studies In Textile Engineering and Science 1-4.
Prerequisite: Senior standing or Graduate standing.

New or special course on developments in textile engineering and science. Specific topics and prerequisites identified vary. Generally used for first offering of a new course.

TE 601 Seminar 1.

TE 630 Independent Study 1-3.

TE 676 Special Projects 1-3.

TE 685 Master's Supervised Teaching 1-3.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

TE 690 Master's Examination 1-9.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam.

TE 693 Master's Supervised Research 1-9.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

TE 695 Master's Thesis Research 1-9.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

Thesis Research.

TE 696 Summer Thesis Research 1.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.

TE 699 Master's Thesis Preparation 1-9.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

For students who have completed all credit hour requirements and full-time enrollment for the master's degree and are writing and defending their thesis. Credits arranged.