NCSU College of Textiles Welcomes New Faculty
The following new Faculty joined the College of Textiles 2003-2004
Stephen Michielsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Michielsen received his Ph.D.
in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago. After a short stint
as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University, he joined the DuPont company
in their Polymers Department. He spent the next 15 years performing research
in polymer and fiber physics. In 1995, Steve moved to the School of Textile
and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology before joining the
TATM faculty at NCSU in January, 2004. His research interests include tailoring
the surface properties of fibers by modifying the surfaces on the nanometer
length scale, as well as the evolution of the structure and properties of
fibers as the polymer passes through its various processing steps. He has
worked extensively with the Nonwoven Cooperative Research Center and is actively
involved with both INDA and the Fiber Society. Steve has published over twenty
five papers and three reference book chapters in fiber science.
Hooman Vahedi Tafreshi
Department of Material Science, University of Milan, Italy
Postdoctoral Research Associate (1/2000 – 10/2001)
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
PhD, Mech. Eng. (Dec., 1999)
University of Tehran, Iran
MS, Mech. Eng. (Mar., 1997)
K.N.T. University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
BS, Mech. Eng. (Sept., 1995)
Modeling and experiment on:
High-speed waterjets and nozzle cavitation
E. Gorga, Ph.D.
Russell E. Gorga received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University, 2002, in Chemical Engineering.
main interests lie in developing polymer nanocomposites with improved
properties (mechanical, conductive, and barrier). Before coming to NC
State, Dr. Gorga was a post-doctoral associate at MIT where he worked
on improving the strength of brittle polymers (such as poly (methyl methacrylate).
This work was carried out under Prof. Robert Cohen in the Department
of Chemical Engineering.
addition, Dr. Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation
from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships
of semi -crystalline polymers for high strength commodity applications.
Juan P. Hinestroza,
Juan P. Hinestroza received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. Dr. Hinestroza comes from TIMES (Tulane- NASA Institute for Macromolecular Engineering and Science) where he pursued postdoctoral studies. His doctoral research work was focused on the effect of mechanical deformation on the barrier properties of polymeric materials and was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hinestroza was a process control engineer for The Dow Chemical Company.
His research interests are in the general area of protective clothing against chemical and biological agents. His research work is devoted to the synthesis and development of novel barrier materials including permselective block copolymers, inorganic-organic nanocomposites, and electrostatic nanolayer assemblies. Dr. Hinestroza also works in the mathematical modeling of transport phenomena in complex protective clothing ensembles.
In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Hinestroza is also interested into the use of technology as a teaching aid for undergraduate engineering courses as well as the involvement and recruitment of minority groups into science and engineering careers.
Renzo Shamey, Ph.D.
Renzo Shamey received his first degree in Textile & Fibre Chemistry
Engineering from IUT in 1989. He then worked in the textile dyeing
and finishing industry for three years. He obtained an MSc in Dyeing
and Finishing, run by two departments of "School of Textile Industries" and "Color
Chemistry" of Leeds University in 1993. He then pursued his interest
in Automation and Color Science and obtained his PhD from the Department
of Color Chemistry of Leeds University in 1997. While working on an
industrial project for Unilever he contributed to the teaching program
of the Color Chemistry Department at Leeds University.
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