Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management
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1890s

1899 First textile courses offered

George Franks Ivey taught the first courses in textiles in fall 1899. Courses specialized in cotton manufacturing and milling, designing twills, and mill engineering. These course were taught in Holladay Hall.

1940s

1941 William C. "Bill" Friday graduated

William C. "Bill" Friday received a bachelor's degree in textile manufacturing. He later served as president of both the Consolidated University (1956-1972) and the UNC-System (1972-1986).

1949 Duke Kimbrell received bachelor's degree

Duke Kimbrell received a bachelor's degree in textile manufacturing. He later became chairman of Parkdale Mills, Inc., the largest manufacturer of spun yarn in the world.

1950s

1959 Department of Textile Technology established

The Department of Yarn Manufacturing, the Department of Knitting, and the Department of Fabric Development merge to form the Department of Textile Technology.

1960s

1963 First woman instructor in textiles hired

Francess Massey became an instructor in textile technology. She was the first woman listed as faculty member at the instructor level in the School of Textiles.

1966 Solomon Hersh joined textile faculty

Solomon "Sol" Hersh joined the faculty of the Department of Textile Technology. Previously, he received his BS from NC State in 1949. In 1995, he became the first faculty member from the College of Textiles to receive the Alexander Holladay Medal for Excellence.

1969 Vincent Fang awarded master's degree

Vincent Fang was awarded a Master of Science degree. He later started the first knitting operation in Hong Kong.

1970s

5/15/1971 First PhD in textiles awarded

Joel L. Williams was awarded a PhD in fiber and polymer science. This was the first PhD awarded in NC State's College of Textiles.

1973 (circa) Department of Textile Materials and Management

The Department of Textile Technology is renamed the Department of Textile Materials and Management.

1980s

1985 Department of Textile Management and Technology formed

The Department of Textile Management and Technology formed from the split of the Department of Textiles Materials and Management.

1988 Department of Textile and Apparel Management

The Department of Textile Management and Technology is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Management.

1990s

1996 Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

The Department of Textile and Apparel Management is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management.

2010s

5/2010 First woman appointed full professor in textiles

Cynthia Istook became the first woman appointed full professor in the College of Textiles.