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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

The study of fabrics as barriers to small particle and liquid transmission, including evaluation of the effectiveness of surgical gowns and drapes with various chemical treatments.

The investigation of the presence of microorganisms in carpets and the development of treatment systems to inhibit microorganism growth. In addition,

The effects of various additives and environments on degradation mechanisms.

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 entered the University of Tennessee, where she earned an M.S. in clothing and textiles and a Ph.D. from the College of Human Ecology Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program with an emphasis in textile sciences. For the past five years Leonas has been chair of the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles at Washington State University. Prior to joining Washington State she was in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors at the University of Georgia. There she was an assistant professor, associate professor and professor, and she served as the department’s graduate programs coordinator. 

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.

Ph.D. Textile Sciences, 1985

University of Tennessee


M.S. in Clothing and Textiles, 1983

University of Tennessee


B.S. Textile Chemistry, 1980

North Carolina State University