Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced their Academic Partners for the next edition of the co-located event, taking place in Atlanta from May 12-14, 2020. The biennial, co-located events is focused on products, technologies and solutions for technical textiles, nonwovens and sewn products sectors.
The Academic Partner program was debuted in 2019 for the Raleigh edition of Techtextil North America, with with North Carolina State University and its Wilson College of Textiles serving in that role. Techtextil North America will continue the program in 2020 through a partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Texprocess Americas will incorporate the program for the first time, through a partnership with the University of Georgia’s Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors program.
The Academic Partner program aims to connect the textile and related industries with the next generation of professionals to enter the workforce. The program incorporates the universities’ professors and administration into educational and special features planning, and provides opportunities for students to attend and showcase their research through programs like the Student Research Poster Program and Tech Talks, with more to be announced in the coming months.
Located Atlanta, Georgia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSE) was originally called the School of Textile Engineering. The state of Georgia established the program in 1897 to address its demand for education in cotton-based manufacturing technology. Today, faculty are advancing fuel cell technology, nanotechnology, bio-inspired manufacturing, photonics, light emitting diodes, electronic packaging, hypersonic materials, bionics, nanocomposites, light weight nano-actuators and nano-sensors.
MSE at Georgia Tech is one of the largest materials programs in the country in terms of faculty numbers and the most diverse in terms of research areas which focus on all classes and forms of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, fibers, composites, nanostructures, and bio-enabled/biomimetic materials. The MSE faculty are ranked among the top leaders in attracting research funding at Georgia Tech, and head over 15 major interdisciplinary centers dedicated to industry research, including centers devoted to Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Microelectronics, Materials Processing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, Molecular Design, Composites Manufacturing and more.
The University of Georgia (UGA) is located just over an hour outside of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia. UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences houses the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, a partner in Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and supported by the Georgia Softgoods Education Foundation Board. The program’s Fashion Merchandising program offers emphases in Fashion Brand Management, Fashion Design, and Product Development and Design, which is specifically oriented to prepare students for careers in production and sourcing, and encompasses sewing and manufacturing, apparel supply chain, and entrepreneurship. The program’s state-of-the-art labs enable students to learn digital design, pattern making, sewing, construction, and digital printing, and house equipment and technology from SPESA members like Juki, Brother, and Lectra.
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