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Dr. Karen K. Leonas (Karen)


Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

Karen Leonas

Phone: 919-515-6594
Address: 2401 Research Dr.
Room: 3307 | Map Location

Personal prodtective euqipment material design and development, specifically for resistance to small particle and liquid transmission

Product development and evaluation (chemical and physical)

Surafce and chemical modifications of textile and polymeric materials

Weathering and degradation of polymeric materials

Sustainable processes and practices throughout the supply chain

Dr. Karen Leonas spent a lot of time in Nelson Hall when she was a College of Textiles student studying textile chemistry. After graduating from the College of Textiles, Leonas worked for Burinlington Industries, Industrial Fabrics, as a textile technologists; she served as the Aerospace Product Manager and worked with a variety of technical textiles. 

She thenentered the University of Tennessee, where she earned an M.S. in clothing and textiles and a Ph.D. in Textile Chemistry.Textile Phyiics and was a member of the PATRA program. 

Proir to joining the NC State Colleg of Textiles faculty in 2013, she was the Chair of Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles at Washington State University for six years.  She was a faculty member at the University of Georgia in  the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors for almost 20 years. 

She has received numerous awards for teaching research and advising during her time as a faculty member.

FTM 217 - The Textile Industry

Study of the structure and organization of the integrated textile complex and its strategic functions. Critical stages involved in the manufacture of textile and apparel products. Fundamental aspects of cost management and finance as related to the integrated Textile Complex. One Saturday attendance during the semester is required.


FTM 491 - Cotton Sustainability through the Supply Chain

Exploration of sustainability within the Global Cotton Supply Chain.  This course identifies issues surrounging cotton throughout its lifecycle and the aim is to increase student awareness and understanding of cotton fibers, cotton products, and the regulations and policies surranging sustainability.

Recyelced in Consumer Products

Ph.D. Textile Chemistry/Textile Physics 1985

University of Tennessee


M.S. in Clothing and Textiles, 1983

University of Tennessee


B.S. Textile Chemistry, 1980

North Carolina State University