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AATCC Foundation/Institute of Textile Technology Undergraduate Research Program - New!
12/01/2008 - 01/19/2009


The Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) and the AATCC Foundation have developed a new grant program for undergraduate students.


ITT will fund up to five (5) US$2,000 undergraduate awards each year for research in textile engineering and chemistry, polymer science, or materials science through the AATCC Foundation/ITT Undergraduate Student Research Support Program. For more information, follow the link below:

Spring 2008 Meeting sponsored by the TAC
04/22/2008 - 04/24/2008


Schedule of Events

Confidentiality Agreement

Spring 2007 Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee
04/17/2007 - 04/19/2007
Institute of Textile Technology's
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.
Suggest Topics for the Meeting

- Letter of Invitation
- Announcement
- Registration
- Schedule of Events

ITT Greige Workshop
01/24/2007 - 01/24/2007

POTT Executive Conference
01/21/2007 - 01/27/2007


One of the Institute of Textile Technology's (Institute) most highly regarded executive programs, the Principles of Textile Technology (POTT), is scheduled for January 21-27, 2007. This year's program is organized into one intensive week of training and is described in the enclosed brochures or on the Institute's website 

Many of the POTT attendees have rated this program as the best textile educational conference they have ever attended. Our website lists comments from past POTT attendees.  In many cases, upcoming leaders do not have a broad background in textile technology.  The POTT program provides an intense exposure to and learning of advanced textile manufacturing processes and understanding of key issues that affect performance of textile manufacturing facilities.  This program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge in basic manufacturing technology, which allows your staff to more effectively function and communicate in our complex industry.

I invite you to identify, among your future leaders, an individual or two that you believe could benefit professionally by attending POTT.  I promise you that they will return better equipped to make an even greater contribution to the competitiveness and success of your company. 

We are holding the conference in Raleigh, NC, at the Sheraton Capital Center and the NC State University College of Textiles. The cost per individual is $4,000, which includes all accommodations and most meals. Institute and NCSU faculty will both be participating in the conference. Please call if there is anything about this valuable learning opportunity you would like to discuss.

I trust that you will give this invitation your serious consideration. Please contact Patrice Hill (, 919-513-7583) or me
(, 919-513-7581) if you have any questions or need additional information.  We look forward to hearing from you.

If you know of others in your organization who might be interested in this program, please feel free to forward this announcement.  Thank you.

Martin Luther King Holiday
01/15/2007 - 01/15/2007

Christmas Holiday
12/25/2006 - 12/29/2006
Merry Christmas from the Institute

Thanksgiving Holiday
11/23/2006 - 11/24/2006

Fall 2006 Meeting
10/24/2006 - 10/26/2006
Institute of Textile Technology's
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.
Suggest Topics for the Meeting

- Letter of Invitation
- Announcement
- Registration
- Schedule of Events
- Presenters

New Institute Employees
09/29/2006 - 09/29/2006


The Institute is pleased to announce that Ben Keller has joined the Institute to provide IT Support for IT3 and the Institute and act as Webmaster.
In addition, George Edmunds has joined the Institute staff as Vice President for Membership Development.  George's direct telephone number is 919-513-0894.

Labor Day Holiday
09/04/2006 - 09/04/2006

Member News - Edwards' Service Mate Uses Milliken StainSmart®
07/31/2006 - 07/31/2006

Article can be found at

Milliken Stainsmart Fabric Technology
07/28/2006 - 08/28/2006

Milliken StainSmart Utilized For Hospital Clothing




Spartanburg, SC - Milliken & Company, a textile and chemical manufacturer, announced that StainSmart, the company's dual-action stain repel-and-release fabric technology, is being utilized in a new line of fashionable yet functional hospital clothing for women undergoing specialized medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, MRIs, CT scans and outpatient surgeries. The clothing is also appropriate and practical for nursing moms.


Created by Spirited Sisters" Inc., the new Original Healing Threads" hospital patient clothing includes an array of jackets and pants with examination-and treatment-friendly features to help ensure the comfort, privacy and dignity of patients, claims Milliken.


According to Milliken, the clothing line features the company's StainSmart fabric technology which gives it stain protection and ease of care. Milliken claims that most liquid and oil-based spills bead up and roll-off, preventing the majority of soils from initially staining the fabric. Oil-based and particulate stains that penetrate and are ground into the garment can be washed away during normal laundering. The fabrics are made of microfiber polyester and are color-fast as well as wrinkle resistant, according to the company.


Independence Day Holiday
07/04/2006 - 07/04/2006
The Institute of Textile Technology will be closed July 4, 2006

Nonwovens and Technical Textiles Meeting
05/25/2006 - 05/26/2006

The Italian Trade Commission, in conjunction

with the Italian Textile Machinery

Manufacturers Association "ACIMIT," is pleased

to invite you to a seminar dedicated to Italian technology

for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries, organized

in partnership with the

North Carolina State University College of Textiles

and the

NonwovensCooperative Research Center.

WHEN: May 25-26, 2006.

The meeting will begin at 1:45 PM on Thursday, May 25

and end at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 26.


Convocation Center (Room 2309)

College of Textiles,

Centennial Campus, NC State University, Raleigh, NC


There are no registration fees to attend but

registration is limited!

To reserve your spot, go to


Greenville Online

Member News - Edwards' Service Mate Uses Milliken StainSmart®
05/23/2006 - 05/31/2006

Article can be found at

Milliken Creates Stainless Uniforms
04/23/2006 - 04/30/2006

Milliken creates stainless uniforms
Clothing geared toward food, service workers

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 6:00 am

By David Dykes

Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. has joined with a Kalamazoo, Mich., firm to develop a stain-resistant line of casual work clothes that the companies say will help eliminate worries about spilled coffee or lunch on corporate uniforms.

The new line of blended twill clothing from Edwards Garment uses new fabric technology from Milliken. It is designed for executives and other employees in hospitality and other industries where stains or wrinkles can be problems, officials from both companies said.

The Service Mate apparel uses a repellent feature in Milliken's StainSmart fabric that means most liquid and oil-based spills bead up and roll off, preventing the majority of soils from initially staining the fabric, the officials said. The patented chemical technology allows stains that are ground into a garment to be washed away during normal laundering, they said.

"The improved functionality provided by Milliken's dual-action stain repel-and-release capabilities greatly enhances the value of our product for our customers," said Gary Schultz, president of Edwards Garment.

Milliken was pleased to partner with Edwards officials and "to help further enhance their executive uniform product offering," said Lyn Murajda, Milliken's division brand manager.

Richard Dillard, spokesman for Milliken, a privately held textile and chemical company, said the StainSmart fabric is the result of Milliken's patented research.

Milliken has developed more than 2,000 patents in a history of research that goes back more than 50 years, he said.

Milliken is among the top companies worldwide in terms of patent development. It ranks 206th, according to Intellectual Property Owners Association's 2004 top patent-owners list, the latest available.

In the category of privately held companies, Milliken is the No. 1 company in United States for patent development, the company says its research shows. Neither the IPO trade association nor the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office breaks down rankings just for privately held companies.

Service Mate clothing is carried nationwide by Edwards Garment dealers, distributors and specialty retailers, including several in the Greenville and Spartanburg areas.

Medium-weight blended twill shirts are available in short and long-sleeve styles for both men and women, and are made from 65/35 polyester/cotton. Available in nine colors, Service Mate shirts are wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable.

The Service Mate line also includes Edwards' blended chino pants, skirts and shorts.

Founded in 1865, Milliken operates more than 60 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries and has more than 10,000 workers worldwide.

Edwards Garment, also privately held, has been manufacturing and supplying corporate and casual apparel for 139 years.

NCSU COT Research Open House
04/06/2006 - 04/06/2006

NC State University College of Textiles has announced the date (April 6) for the 2006 Research Open House. The information can be seen at the following link.

Continuing Education Class - LOTT
03/12/2006 - 03/18/2006

Leadership of Textile Technology (LOTT) Executive Program is scheduled for March, 2008 in Raleigh, NC. Watch for further details at

LOTT Continuing Education Class
01/23/2006 - 01/23/2006
Continuing Education Class - LOTT
03/12/2006 - 03/18/2006

Leadership of Textile Technology (LOTT) Executive Program is scheduled for March 12-18, 2006 in Raleigh, NC. Watch for further details at

Continuing Education Class - POTT
01/15/2006 - 01/21/2006


The Principles of Textile Technology (POTT) Executive Program is scheduled for Jan. 15-21, 2006 in Raleigh, NC. Watch for further details at

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New Year's Day

Christmas Day
Merry Christmas from the Institute!

Independence Day

Alumni Association Organization & Reunion Event
The ITT Alumni Association Organization and Reunion Event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11th, 2005 at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC. The cost is $50 per person.

**Please bring your spouse or a guest

Memorial Day
Happy Memorial Day!.

Institute Member News



A new finishing formulation has been announced by Milliken and Company.

Institute Member News

05-23-05 Member News


Wilbur Ross (ITG) Forms Partnership To Invest In Nanotech Firms

JTATM Issue Release

The following information is provided by ITT for the interest of our ITT News Subscribers.


Dr. Henry Boyter Jr.






Raleigh, North Carolina

May 10, 2005

The newest issue of the Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (JTATM), is available (  This issue's theme is "Interface: Apparel, Materials and Technology, with a focus on state-of-the-art approaches to creative product development and production.   The goal of JTATM is to present the latest in theoretical and empirical research in the field of textiles and apparel, technology and management to an audience comprised of academicians, industry executives, and consultants. 

This issue includes articles on digital printing as a design process, sizing technologies used for custom and ready-to-wear product development, a review of smart clothing, and other areas intended to provoke creative thought processes and new product development.  In addition, feature articles focus on industry-relevant courses, innovative technologies, information about education programs focusing on textile aspects, and a listing of upcoming industry and university events.  

The Journal of the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management offers new information for industry personnel, academics and students who are interested in the technology and management of fiber based products, as well as the environment and markets in which textile and apparel companies operate and evolve.  Each issue of the quarterly JTATM contains research articles, as well as information about new innovations and useful linkages.

JTATM is coordinated by the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University.   We invite you to visit and register for JTATM and submit articles for consideration in future issues.

Dr. Nancy Cassill, Professor
College of Textiles
Textile and Apparel Technology and Management
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301
Phone:  (919) 513-4180
Fax: (919) 515-3733

State of the Institute in Southern Textile News
ITT was featured in a Southern Textile News article. The article talks about the state of ITT and it's relationship with the N.C. State College of Textiles.
Article in Southern Textile News

Spring 2005 TAC
04/27/2005 - 04/28/2005
Institute of Textile Technology's
Spring 2005 MEETING OF THE
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.
Suggest Topics for the TAC

Textile Institute Annual World Conference
03/20/2005 - 03/25/2005

ITT is proud to announce it is a sponsor for the Textile Institute Annual World Conference to be held in Raleigh, NC March 20-25, 2005. More information on this meeting can be found at

Continuing Education Class - LOTT
03/06/2005 - 03/12/2005

Leadership of Textile Technology (LOTT) Executive Program is scheduled for March 6-12, 2005 in Raleigh, NC.  Watch for further details at

*RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 11* ITT Alumni Association Organization and Reunion Event *RESCHEDULED*

The alumni event has been rescheduled due to bad weather in the Charlotte area.  The new date is June 11, 2005 at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC.  Visit for details. 

The ITT Alumni Association Organization and Reunion Event is scheduled for Saturday, January 29, 2005 at the Marriott City Center in Charlotter, NC. The cost is $50 per person.

**Please bring your spouse or a guest

Continuing Education Class - POTT
01/16/2005 - 01/22/2005

New Year's Day

Christmas Day

Fall 2004 TAC
11/03/2004 - 11/04/2004


        Institute of Textile Technology's


The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.

Suggest Topics for the TAC

Spring 2004 TAC
05/05/2004 - 05/06/2004


        Institute of Textile Technology's


The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.

Fall 2003 TAC
11/12/2003 - 11/13/2003


        Institute of Textile Technology's


The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members.

                                Invitation Letter
                              Schedule of Events
                               List of Presenters

                       Printable Registration Form
                            Directions to Meeting
                            Directions to Banquet
                          List of Hotels in Raleigh

ITT Yard Sale
07/19/2003 - 07/20/2003
ITT Yard Sale - tables, wood and metal desks, chairs, misc equipment, file cabinets, some tools, slide projector

Cotton Moisture by E.E.Backe
Everett E. Backe, internationally known cotton scientist and author of over 75 articles and reports on textile related subjectshas compiled the most recent literature regarding the effects of moisture on cotton harvesting through textile processing. This comprehensive text, containing over 240 pages, with 133 references from works dating from 1908 through 2002 is available for purchase by clicking on the ITT Bookstore logo to the right.

ITT Graduation Class of 2003

Spring 2003 TAC
04/23/2003 - 04/24/2003

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been active since it was created by the Board of Trustees in 1950 and has the responsibility to guide the Institute in the development of an annual research agenda. The TAC is chaired by a board-appointed industry leader and is composed of the chairpersons of five steering committees plus three or four Institute leadership and faculty members. Held this year in Raleigh, NC.

Student Winter Holiday Begins

2nd Qtr Classes Begin

ITT Allies With North Carolina State University College of Textiles

The North Carolina State University College of Textiles and the Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) have agreed to create an alliance between the two institutions. "This alliance will strengthen the competitiveness of the textile manufacturing industry and truly represents the coming together of leading research and consulting organizations in the industry," said Allen Gant, Chairman of the Board of ITT and CEO of Glen Raven Mills.

The benefits of this new alliance for both institutions will be the consolidation of physical and intellectual resources on NC State's Centennial Campus. This will permit combining the College of Textiles' strong academic research program with ITT's applied and industry-directed research program, and allow coordination of research and academic programs and facilities.

Students in the ITT program will be taught at the College of Textiles and have full access to the college's faculty, staff and resources. NC State will provide the faculty for the majority of courses. Students accepted into College of Textiles graduate program will apply for acceptance into the ITT Fellows Program. ITT will select qualified students and continue to administer its master's degree program and provide guidance for the special thesis projects. The Fellows Program is not only a required number of classes, but also has complementary educational activities such as team-building experiences, group studies at textile facilities, problem-solving exercises, internships and public presentations.

Students who graduate from the ITT Fellows Program earning a master's degree will have management and leadership skills. The job-placement rate for these graduates has historically been 100 percent. ITT's first graduating class was in 1949 and, to date, 523 MS graduates have completed the program. All students are provided a tuition scholarship, non-service fellowship, and a research budget.

The College of Textiles at NC State is the leading academic and research institution for textiles in the world. It is dedicated to education, research, and extension and engagement. The college provides bachelor's degree programs in textile technology, textile engineering, textile and apparel management, textile chemistry, and a dual degree (BA and BS) with NC State's College of Design in art and design and textile technology. In addition, the college offers graduate degrees such as master of science and master of textiles and two doctorate degrees in fiber and polymer science and textile technology management. There are currently approximately 700 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students enrolled at the college.

The Institute of Textile Technology was founded in 1944 by textile industry leaders who saw a need for individual companies to join forces in collective support of a private educational and research institution. Today, ITT enjoys an international reputation for the high quality of its programs and its graduates, many occupying positions of leadership in industry, education, and research. The Institute was directed to conduct cooperative research, integrated with graduate research, as a means of helping the textile industry meet the challenges confronting it. They currently enroll 10-15 graduate students per year who earn a masters of science awarded by ITT.

By the two institutions coming together, "we are combining resources that will allow us to have research, facilities, labs, and a master's program competitive with anyone in the world," states Dr. Blanton Godfrey, dean of the College of Textiles. Dr. Gilbert O'Neal, president of ITT says, "The master's degree offered by ITT is already excellent, but it will become even better due to the facilities that our students will have access to at the College of Textiles." Roger Milliken, Chairman and CEO of Milliken & Company, a long time supporter of ITT says, "The American textile industry is the most modern, state-of-the-art industry in the world. This alliance will take the competitiveness of the industry to another level by combing resources of both institutions."

ITT will continue to operate as an independent non-profit organization. An ITT Fellows program will be established offering a master of science in textile technology awarded by the College of Textiles. ITT and NC State's College of Textiles will collaboratively pursue funding for industry-driven research from private, institutional, and government sources. Furthermore, the ITT Roger Milliken Textile Library, which has approximately 40,000 volumes and is one of the most comprehensive collections of English language textile information in the world, will be combined with the Burlington Textiles Library at the College of Textiles. The two organizations will also offer a full range of open-enrollment courses. This alliance, to be complete by July 2003, will truly be a collaborative effort between the two institutes for the betterment of the textile industry.

Media Contacts:
Emily Parker, 919/515-6529
Dr. Blanton Godfrey, 919/515/6500
Dr. Gilbert O'Neal, 434/296-5511 ext. 269


1st Qtr Classes Begin

Class 2002 Graduation

Executive Conference:
Leadership of Textile Technology
03/17/2002 - 03/27/2002

To keep a competitive edge in a highly volatile environment, successful textile companies must have the latest manufacturing equipment and the leadership that understands the technology. Knowledge and understanding of the integrated vertical processes, and how to lead the people involved in those processes are essential skills for the textile executive. The Institute's Executive Education programs provide the tools to help these leaders more clearly understand the language, concepts, and issues affecting the entire vertical manufacturing of textiles.

Next offered March 17-27, 2002 (and again August 8-18, 2002) in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Leadership of Textile Technology program focuses primarily upon leadership of textile manufacturing at home and in a global environment. Participants are instructed by appropriate knowledgeable faculty in a challenging, participative, environment designed for the participant to "carry home" the knowledge for individual, process, and company enhancements. Online registration available. Open to member and non-member participation.

Class of 2002 Update

The six members of the Class of 2002 are working hard to complete their thesis research projects. Defense copies of the theses are due on or before April 23, 2002. Oral defenses will be conducted from May 6-10, 2002. Second-year students and their thesis topics are as follows:

James "Jay" Craven - "The Effects of Finish, Filament Cross Section, and Carbon Black Pigments on Yarn and Fabric Characteristics of Locknit Tricot Fabrics"

Charles "Ben" Duke - "Determining Density of Thermoplastic Fibers by Differential Scanning Calorimetry"

Thad W. Gregory - "Ink Jet Printing of Cotton Fabric with Anionic Acid Dyes for Color Quality Improvement"

William "Michael" Johnson - "The Impact of MVS Machine Settings and Finishing Applications on Yarn Quality and Knitted Fabric Hand"

David T. Karst - "The Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Optimize the Flow Profile of Dye Liquor in Yarn Package Dyeing”

Elizabeth Wilson - "The Effect of Woven Product Characteristics on Manufacturing Cost and Complexity"

Four of theses candidates for the ITT master’s degree are industrial fellows and will each be returning to their sponsor company for full-time employment. The other two are pursuing positions as free agents, and are buoyed by the fact that since the inception of our program in 1947, 100% of ITT graduates seeking employment have been hired directly out of our program.

The Right Solution for the Wright Experience

ITT has been asked to help analyze fabric used to fabricate the wing of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer used in their historic "first flight" on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, NC. Ken Hyde, representing The Wright Experience, recently visited ITT to solicit our help. The Wright Experience, located in Warrenton, Virginia, is an organization devoted to the preservation and re-creation of the aircraft built by the Wright Brothers. Mr. Hyde learned about the Institute through Mr. Yalcin Ozbey, V.P. Corporate Manufacturing Services of Liberty Fabrics.

Mr. Hyde brought with him a piece of the left lower wing fabric taken from the 1903 Flyer. The purpose of this visit was to determine if ITT could assist The Wright Experience with testing and analyzing this cloth to help them determine the original specification of the cotton muslin used. The ultimate goal is to recreate the fabric that was used on that historic flight and assist The Wright Experience in building a completely authentic replica of that plane. As we further pursue the construction of this fabric, ITT may be involved in the reproduction of this fabric. The Wright Experience is planning on flying this recreated aircraft in 2003 in Kitty Hawk, NC.

Dr. Gilbert O’Neal, a licensed pilot and aviation enthusiast, stated, "We are pleased and honored to have the opportunity to play a role in this historic undertaking."

If your organization would be interested in assisting The Wright Experience in reproducing the yarn and weaving the material, please contact Ken Hyde at or (540)347-1909.

Class of 2003 Update

There are 10 members of the Class of 2003 of which four are industrial fellows. The class is just completing the second quarter of classroom and practical experiences. Their yarn intra-session was hosted by Milliken & Company, and their weaving plant study was recently hosted by Central Textiles.

The class will begin the third quarter on February 19, 2002. In addition to the wet processing, environmental, and energy topics, they will have three business related courses during this quarter. Final hurdles for this year include requirements for the presentation of a credible thesis research proposal as well as the successful completion of oral comprehensive examinations.

We are in the process of securing summer internship assignments for the six free agents in this class. Any company interested in hosting one of these students for the summer should contact Dan McCreight ( right away.


After over 27 years of service to the Institute and its members, Neil Cahill retired on February 15, 2002. Neil, a 1964 ITT graduate, worked in industry until 1974 when he returned to the Institute as Manager of the Yarn Preparation and Weaving Group. His responsibilities quickly increased to Director of Fabric and Filament Processing (1977-1979), Director, Manufacturing Research (1980-1983), and Vice President, Manufacturing Technology (1984-2000). Neil was also instrumental in broadening the membership’s perspective of global competition as he led several study missions to Europe and the Far East in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since 2000, Neil was the director of Center for Textile Economic Competitiveness.

Dr. Gilbert O'Neal, President of the Institute issued this statement, "I have worked somewhat closely with Neil over the last few years and have learned to respect his knowledge of the textile industry and his love for both the industry and the many people with whom he has come in contact with through the years. As all who have come in contact with Neil know, he is very passionate about his work and will be known for his analytical insight and vision. Over the last couple of years, driven by his concern for the industry’s future, he has concentrated on analyzing factors affecting competitiveness. Knowing that Neil will not be satisfied to be idle, I expect that he will continue his work in this area. Neil has expressed his continued interest in the Institute and his desire to help us in any way possible. Please join me in acknowledging the tremendous contributions that Neil has made to the Institute throughout his career. I wish him well in his retirement and I’m sure our paths will continue to cross."

Swiss Student Completes Collaborative Project at ITT

Andre Drayer, a graduate student at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) of Zurich, Switzerland, arrived at ITT in late October and spent 14 weeks in Charlottesville working with Ctec staff on his master's thesis. Mr. Drayer possesses a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and is currently studying for an M.S. in Industrial Management and Manufacturing.

Andre's thesis project is part of the final examination for the diploma of Engineer in Manufacturing Engineering and Management at the Federal Institute of Technology. The topic of the thesis, the development of an Economic Competitiveness Index, was defined jointly by the Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile Technology. Both institutes will share the thesis results.

Two previous Ctec research studies had identified those financial factors that statistically correlate to textile company profitability. A striking result of these studies was that of the 30 or more financial factors studied, only 5 to 6 were real drivers of textile profitability. However, these earlier studies dealt only with financial factors, but could not identify those business factors that allowed this profitability performance.

Therefore, the next logical question is, “What are the business factors that create these improved financial results?” The discovery of these business factors is the subject of Mr. Drayer's thesis. It is these business factors that define how companies organize and operate their business to create the desired financial results. Those business factors that are a significant driver of improved financial performance are referred to as "competitiveness factors." There are two objectives to Andre's study. The first objective is to determine which competitiveness factors correlate to profitability. The second objective is to convert the significant competitiveness factors into a single index number (i.e., a Competitiveness Index), which would allow a textile company to assess its relative competitive strength using an index that statistically relates to profitability.


A peer review was conducted in September 2001 of the Institute's compliance to the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The visiting reaffirmation committee was composed of representatives from Clemson University, Georgetown College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Tennessee, and Warner Southern College.

The committee evaluated our documentation and practices pertaining to six sections of the Criteria for Accreditation. In total there were 286 requirements to be met. We met all 59 requirements relative to the principals, philosophy, and purpose of the Institute. In what was deemed an unprecedented outcome, the Institute also met all 100 requirements for the education program. Some areas for improvement were identified and formal responses to 15 committee recommendations must be submitted to the Commission on Colleges before February 26, 2002. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the review and are confident that we will appropriately correct all deficiencies, and receive reaffirmation of our SACS accreditation for another 10-year period.

Adrienne Granitz served as the chairperson for the SACS committee that provided an outstanding effort allowing us to reach this milestone.


ITT is excited to announce the organization of the ITT Alumni Association and that Dr. Robert A. Barnhardt '61 has agreed to be the inaugural president. The mission of the Alumni Association will be to enhance alumni fellowship, networking, and support of ITT through various activities. Since 1949, some 500-plus students have graduated from the Institute, but until now there has not been a formal effort to orchestrate alumni activities.

The success of the Alumni Association will depend on successful communication with all alumni. To initiate that communication, ITT will mail a survey to all alumni concerning their goals and activities, and give them an opportunity to submit ideas for alumni activities.

Alumni - Please contact Dean Cobb at and verify your contact information or register at

Continuing Education Update

ITT offers short courses and seminars concerning key technical issues in the textile industry. All courses are offered at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson, SC. Online registration available.

Executive Education

The Leadership Course

Leadership in Textile Technology is being offered March 17-27, 2002, in Charlottesville, Virginia and August 8-18, 2002, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Leadership Course has been created to assist the textile industry to prepare textile leaders to meet the challenges of global competition. In the words of Professor Snyder, “The leader's role changed dramatically over the past decade as the speed of global realignment accelerated, and no industry in the U.S. has been affected more by these changes than the textile industry."

The Principles Course

Principles of Textile Technology was held from January 8–28, 2002, and was a resounding success. The Principles Course has been created to provide knowledge and understanding of the integrated vertical textile processes and how to lead people involved in those processes with emphasis on issues affecting performance of a textile manufacturing facility, problem solving techniques, and leadership issues.

Professional Courses

Professional courses are open to everyone, are usually from 1-to-4 days long, and deal with technical textile subjects. Our 2002 Conference offerings will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. A full schedule of over 20 courses and registration information is available at

Online&Custom Courses

Online offerings are being developed based on our current open enrollment offerings. Five courses are in process and a CD course on Dyeing and Finishing is scheduled for completion in late summer. All of our courses can be customized to suit exact requirements of your company and we can deliver these courses at your site.

3rd Qtr Classes Begin

Students Midwinter Break
02/15/2002 - 02/18/2002

A Message from the President

Like the textile industry as a whole, the Institute is being impacted by economic conditions experienced over the last 2 years. These conditions are forcing individual companies and the Institute to examine themselves, and to develop and implement new business strategies. To succeed, companies must be willing to change, to abandon business practices that have been followed for decades and which in the past have survived depressions, wars, and economic recessions. Today, however, it is clear that the textile industry is facing a new economy, one in which innovation must replace tradition.

Simplistically, many of the policy leaders of our nation write off the problems being faced by the U.S. textile industry as our inability to compete in a global economy. In reality, it is much more complicated, and policies impacting the textile industry today will ultimately present similar challenges across industry lines. Nevertheless, regardless of current and future policies, change must occur and companies and organizations must find ways to not only survive, but thrive as communications and other technologies continue to break down political, economic, and social barriers. Globalization is occurring. This must be recognized, be accepted, and be the catalyst to create competitive strategies.

While the Institute can do little to influence the political and economic forces impacting the industry, it can provide knowledge-based resources to companies that respond to the ongoing challenge to be competitive. Even more so than in the past, successful companies will need highly trained and talented business and technical leaders, a skilled workforce, information, and state-of-the-art knowledge derived from ongoing research. We feel that the Institute has succeeded in helping the industry meet these needs for nearly six decades. However, as we evaluate our past and develop our strategy forward, it is clear that we have not adequately shared our capabilities and resources. We have not aggressively reached out to the industry and exerted the leadership necessary to be an agent of change and to promote the need for the knowledge resources required. We too must change.

Fortunately, the change envisioned for the Institute is not as dramatic as that faced by many companies within our industry. Nonetheless, the change that must occur is fundamental. We must find ways to integrate our knowledge resources into the strategies of individual textile companies. This integration must help companies become and remain competitive by providing trained leaders, pooling resources for collaborative as well as proprietary research, and providing technical services that target cost drivers and increase profitability. This will only occur if we make our capabilities known and aggressively market these capabilities one company at a time.

The Institute is committed to the continued development of knowledge resources and to evolving these resources to meet the challenges of a global economy. We feel that knowledge is the fundamental key to success and only those companies that recognize and invest in education, training, research, and continual improvement will have long-term success. Our goal is to partner with such companies to create, innovate, and perpetuate positive change. We invite you to join us as we pursue this goal.

W. Gilbert O'Neal, Ph.D, P.E.

IT3 Management Systems Registration Services

IT3 is embarking on an ambitious effort to gain accreditation which will allow us to offer certification services to both the ISO 9000 series Quality Management Systems and the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, which is comprised some 130 national standards institutes from around the world. ISO develops voluntary standards, over almost the entire range of technology, adding value to all types of businesses. These systems govern the management systems responsible for the manufacture of quality products but do not address specifics for any one product or product sector. ISO addresses those standards deemed necessary by the market. Experts from various industrial, technical, and business sectors participate in the construction and implementation of these standards.

ISO 9000, the Quality Management Standard has undergone a radical change with its latest version published in December 2000. It revolves around eight fundamental quality Management principles as follows:

  • Customer focus
  • Leadership
  • Involvement of people
  • Process approach
  • System approach to management
  • Continuous improvement
  • Factual approach to decision making
  • Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

The standard is not focused on a particular industry segment but is written to have applicability to most manufacturing and service environments. The standard involves upper management taking a leadership role in establishing the vision, direction, and method for achieving customer satisfaction of an organization. The organization must then define the processes to achieve the goals of the organization and the mechanism by which those processes will be monitored by. A new addition to this version of the standard is the documented requirements for continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

ISO 14000, the Environmental Management Standard has experienced increased application and has been mandated in some industry segments by certain customers. The environmental management system focuses on upper management placing a high degree of importance or recognizing the environmental impact of an organization and going beyond simple compliance to putting a system in to improve upon the environmental goals set by the organization. While compliance is a part of ISO 14000, the focus is on moving beyond compliance to good environmental stewardship.

There are many similarities between ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 and indeed many of the latest revisions to ISO 9000 were to further strengthen those similarities. The goal is for organizations seeking compliance to both standards utilizing a common management system to achieve both goals. Similar elements include the method of control of the documentation, upper level management review, policy setting, continuous improvement, and internal auditing.

The process for accreditation is very similar to that an organization implementing ISO would execute. We are in the process of establishing processes as required by the accreditation body and documenting the method of compliance to the requirements of the criteria. Once this is completed to the satisfaction of the accreditation body, a site visit will be conducted with members of the accreditation body witnessing an audit to both the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 criteria. Once nay issues from these activities are resolved, IT3 will be granted accreditation, thus allowing us to certify any organization in which we have industry knowledge. This accreditation is valid for three years after which another site assessment by the accreditation body will be required.

IT3 is looking forward to assisting clients in the implementation and certification of quality and environmental management systems. The timing is somewhat dependent on the action of the accreditation body however, it is expected that accreditation will be achieved in the summer of 2002.


By definition, sustainability (long-term viability) is the goal every industry wishes to attain. To achieve sustainability a more complete accounting of the true costs of production needs to be made, including consumption rates of limited resources and energy, and impacts to the environment. Indications from the scientific community are that at the current accelerated rate of global industrialization, we can no longer afford to put off this accounting. Recognizing this, the Institute is working to establish a Center for Sustainable Manufacturing to focus on research projects that will identify the textile industry’s most immediate technological needs with respect to pollution prevention and utilization of renewable resources. Simultaneously, the research will look for innovative technological solutions that are already available. The Institute is currently seeking funding to help establish the Center through grants and specific project funding.

ITT Launches Textile Technology Digest Online!

The Institute is proud to announce the release of the Textile Technology Digest Online. The database contains extensive coverage of textile and textile-related literature found in the Institute's library collection. There are over 280,000 abstracts in the database from 1978 to date, covering resources that are international in scope, timely, and represent a variety of material formats, such as journals, conferences, books, trade literature, theses, and technical reports. Although the scope is primarily scientific and technical information related to textile manufacturing, major resources for the apparel, home furnishings, flooring, and polymer industries are represented. Each entry includes the author, title, source, subjects, and an extensive abstract that summarizes the selected article.

The online product features

  • basic and advanced search screens,
  • multiple display and print features,
  • the capability to email search results,
  • specific date ranges to limit searches,
  • wildcard and Boolean operators, and
  • a search history for each session.

The database was developed with the user in mind. There are no complicated search strategies to remember, no set combinations to formulate. First time users are able to create searches using the suggested search samples to develop successful results. The Basic Search is easy and perfect for simple searches. The Advanced Search, with a fill-in-the-blanks format, lets the user combine several different search criteria into one search.

Research librarians at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech tested the Textile Technology Digest Online database. The hours of review and suggested changes made by Steve Rosenberger, Associate Professor and Naomi Bricker, Reference Librarian at FIT and Ellen Krupar, Business College Librarian at VT were invaluable in making the online database a user friendly, quality product.

For subscription information, please contact Adrienne Granitz at 434-296-5511, x224 or Full-text documents can be ordered from the Institute's library by using the document delivery page on the library's homepage or by calling the library at 434-296-5511, x304 or email Ann Gatewood at Documents can be delivered by mail, fax, Fed Ex or other carriers by providing your carrier number, or through Ariel transmission.

Rieter Corporation Welcomed as New Member

The Institute is delighted to announce the formalization of a long and productive partnership with Rieter Corporation as they officially joined the Institute as a full member on January 1, 2002. Rieter is a Swiss corporate group that operates on a global scale. Their systems and services for the textile, automotive, and plastics industries are acknowledged as leaders in their field.

Rieter Corporation has been a strong contributor to past ITT research, donating equipment and participating in collaborative efforts to serve the textile industry. Mr. Ueli K. Schmid, President & CEO, Rieter DT NAFTA, will serve on the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

IT3 - Supporting The ITT Mission

The Statement of Purpose for ITT clearly lays out its mission. "In fulfilling its education, information service, and research purposes, the Institute defines ... goals for its major program areas". Nowhere in the Statement is the phrase "financial security" used. But ITT is facing serious economic conditions that dictate that financial security becomes a priority. And, while making money is not a mandate of Institute, it is the reason behind the establishment of ITT Technologies, or IT3.

Historically, ITT has enjoyed the benefits of a strong US textile industry, a powerful membership base, and an outstanding reputation in its areas of expertise. There has been no pressure for revenue streams to maintain excellent academics, strong research efforts and effective information technology. While the Institute believes in the benefits of a strong domestic textile industry and continues its support of its member mills, the changing environment in which it operates must be recognized and steps must be taken to address the economic realities in the industry today.

The intellectual and physical assets of the Institute are tremendous. The professional and support staff at ITT are unsurpassed. The Institute has state-of-the-art technology and systems. Its information capabilities are outstanding.

But while these assets are effectively used in support of the academic, research, and information needs of the Institute and its membership, they are typically not well utilized overall. This presents an opportunity for the establishment of an effective, revenue-generating organization like IT3. It can provide services within the membership and also to organizations outside the membership and even outside the textile industry itself. For example, the environmental services that the Institute provides are just as appropriate for non-textile manufacturing operations as they are for textile companies.

IT3 services cover a wide range of activities at the Institute. Major opportunities exist in areas such as greige manufacturing, energy and environmental consulting, finishing, and CTEC. But significant opportunities also exist in marketing the TTD, grant development, data base systems, and even in the academic department. Eighteen different business areas have already been identified, and business plans are currently being developed for each one. Anywhere capabilities exist that are not being leveraged, IT3 will be used to provide benefit to its member mills, to the textile industry as a whole, and ultimately to the Institute.

It is important to note that the establishment of IT3 in no way diminishes or changes the importance or focus of ITT’s traditional services and goals. We are still dedicated to outstanding academic training, to progressive textile research, and to effective information services. IT3 is simply a new approach to ensuring that these objectives will be met going forward.

At this time, there is no documented Statement of Purpose for IT3. But there will be. And the primary mission will be providing additional financial security to the Institute. In future editions of this newsletter, the services offered by IT3 will be explored in detail.


Based on the unanimous recommendation of the faculty on the Academic Committee, and the approval of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, Dan McCreight has been appointed Dean of Academic Affairs. Dan has done an excellent job over the last 8 months as acting academic administrator and was instrumental in our successful review by SACS. Dan has shown great enthusiasm and talent for this position and we are excited about the new leadership he will bring to our academic program.

Executive Conference:
Principles of Textile Technology
01/08/2002 - 01/18/2002

To keep a competitive edge in a highly volatile environment, successful textile companies must have the latest manufacturing equipment and the leadership that understands the technology. Knowledge and understanding of the integrated vertical processes, and how to lead the people involved in those processes are essential skills for the textile executive. The Institute's Executive Education programs provide the tools to help these leaders more clearly understand the language, concepts, and issues affecting the entire vertical manufacturing of textiles.

Next offered Jan. 8-18, 2002 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Principles of Textile Technology program is designed to offer technical textile and manufacturing information and principles necessary to achieve world-class status in this decade and on into this new century. Online registration available. Open to member and non-member participation.

Student Winter Holiday Begins

2nd Qtr Classes Begin

ITT Opens Online Bookstore

The Institute of Textile Technology is pleased to announce the opening of our online store. The ITT bookstore offers quality items perfect for the ITT alumni or supporter. The merchandise includes ITT logo watches, shirts, coffee cups and more!

Guest Lecture by Dr. Urs Meyer

On October 9, 2001, Dr. Urs Meyer of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, Switzerland, gave a presentaion on the state of the textile industry in Europe. The presentation was outstanding, and we thank Dr. Meyer for sharing with our students a larger perspective.

ITT Industry Jobs Board Now Available

On September 28, 2001, the Institute launched the ITT Industry Jobs Board. The Jobs Board allows employers to post job openings and search resumes, and allows individuals to post resumes and search job openings. Targeted at the textile industry and related industries, we hope that by bringing together companies from related industries with individuals that know these industries that we are able to provide a service different and more useful than the other online job listing services.

The ITT Industry Jobs Board is open to any person or company that wants to list a resume or job opportunity. All posts are verified before being posted on the site. The Jobs Board can be reached directly at

Contact us if have any questions or would like further information.

SACS Visiting Committee
09/23/2001 - 09/26/2001
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

ITT Environmental Health and Safety Email Group

The Environmental Health and Safety ListServ is an informative email group focused on environmental health and safety issues. Moderated by Dr. Henry Boyter, the EHS ListServ is a forum for keeping abreast of current EHS issues and finding answers to any questions that you might have.

Message From the President

I am writing this message in the aftermath of the 'Assault on America' that devastated thousands of families, crippled our national and financial capitols, and left our nation in shock. These terrorist acts resulted in visible images that will be forever etched into our memories and left scars in our hearts and souls. The event awakened our nation to its vulnerability and will likely change the very roots of our free and open democratic society. In response, U.S. citizens of all races, religions, and geographic regions have rallied with great resolve to bring the perpetrators of this audacity to justice and to reestablish security for our nation and families. Let no one question the power of the American People when put to the test!

As I reflect on the current economic conditions facing our industry, I'm drawn to wonder if our nation has not been under assault for some time. While no buildings had been blown up and no blood had been shed, it appears that the very foundation of our nation's economy has been under attack. The target of this attack is the manufacturing infrastructure of our economy that once weakened beyond its breaking point could result in destruction more catastrophic, devastating, and widespread than the targeted and isolated events witnessed in New York and Washington. As fires, intensified by aviation fuel, weakened the steel infrastructure of the World Trade Center Twin Towers to the point of collapse, I fear that the weakening of our nation's manufacturing infrastructure could result in the collapse of our economy. Without trivializing the human suffering witnessed during these terrorist acts, the ultimate impact of the economic terrorism being experienced by our country could be far more devastating. It should be clearly understood that governments that devalue their currencies to provide indirect subsidies to trade, that do not reciprocally honor our open trade policies, and that do not support basic human and environmental values are directly assaulting our economy, our values, and the basis of our freedom. As it is likely that our response to explicit acts of terrorism will be to enforce our laws and aggressively protect our borders, so should our response to economic terrorism be to enforce our trade laws and assure that our industry is competing in a fair and reciprocal international market. We can no longer afford to submissively open our market to countries that do not respect our values and honor our trade policies

As the devastation to our economy is realized and understood, one cannot help but believe that the resolve and resourcefulness of the American people will once again lead to its salvation. When focused, no other nation in the world can compete with the United States of America. Our human and technological resources have demonstrated our ability to recover from assault and to conquer those who challenge the basis of our values and strength. So it is with the U.S. textile industry. Now, more than at any time in our industry's history, we must work together to create the political resolve to strengthen the manufacturing integrity of our nation, and to rely on technical innovation to improve our economic competitiveness. The Institute's mission is to assist the industry in providing technical solutions that make companies more economically competitive and we stand ready to support in any way possible. Let no one question the power of this industry when put to the test!

We are very proud to congratulate Subhas Ghosh, director of research and distinguished professor, for being named by Textile World in their 'Top 10' for service and dedication to the textile industry. He was noted for his research efforts involving fiber, apparel and technical-textile structures and near-infrared spectroscopy.

Save Money by Saving Energy

In light of the recent turn of events in the American Textile Industry, there is an increased need to minimize costs. One area worthy of consideration is energy. The relative percentage of energy cost per unit of production has increased over the years due, in part, to the introduction of energy-intensive process technologies such as air jet weaving and air jet yarn spinning. ITT, in its continuing effort to support the textile industry, has developed a new energy survey format that promotes greater project implementation and ,therefore, greater savings. Where, in the past, we have surveyed the facility and provided recommendations, our new format provides assistance with implementation of recommendations. In addition, we are developing a database that will assist our members and clients by providing industry benchmarks for energy performance.

Message from the President

We are pleased to be reviving our practice of submitting a biannual newsletter to the industry. Our newsletters will be published every summer and winter to update the industry on our activities in the interim between our Spring and Fall TAC meetings held in Charlottesville. While our TAC meetings are targeted to our membership, the Newsletter will be made available to the entire industry. Since this is our first newsletter in some time, we have broadly described many of our activities and functions to give the reader some background regarding the Institute and our capabilities. In future newsletters, we hope to have more specific presentations about our projects and other current events.

The Institute offers a wide range of services to the textile industry including: research, testing, training and consulting. However, we feel that one of our major functions is to serve as a central point of contact for the development and dissemination of knowledge designed to improve the economic competitiveness of participating companies. Given the challenges facing the industry today, knowledge resources are at a premium and are vital to a company’s ability to succeed. Our emphasis is to not only provide needed information and knowledge, but to assist in their implementation.

We are excited about the potential for companies willing to accept the challenges of this new economy and feel that our role for the industry is more critical than ever.

Dr. W. Gilbert o'Neal

ITT's Reaffirmation of Accreditation

During the 2000-2001 academic year, the Institute participated in a self-evaluation of our academic program, our planning and evaluation processes, and the organization as a whole. As one of the final steps in the process of having our accreditation as an academic institution reaffirmed, a distinguished group of visitors representing other member institutions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has been selected to examine our fitness for continuing accreditation. Our visiting team will be at the Institute September 23-26, 2001.

In addition to examining our organization and procedures and meeting with faculty, staff, and students, they will be evaluating our Self-Study Report and the actions we are taking in response to the suggestions made from the Self-Study. They will be evaluating what we do and how we operate at ITT against the SACS standards by which all accredited institutions are expected to operate. After completion of their study they will make recommendations to the SACS Commission on Colleges about our fitness for continued accreditation.

Accreditation is an asset that establishes the credibility and peer recognition of an academic institution and its programs, and the time and effort that has gone into the process demonstrate the importance we place both on our academic program and the value of being accredited.

1st Qtr Classes Begin

MSDS / ATMI VPEP Review Services

The general way to obtain information on chemical containing products is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is required by OSHA and Canadian equivalents to be given to every user of a specific chemical product. All companies in the U.S. and Canada are required to maintain these documents as the most current version possible. One weakness with MSDSs is the lack of ecological impact information given. The requirements of MSDSs is based on the need to describe human hazards, with no requirements for the disclosure of ecological hazards.

Another method of obtaining chemical information is through the use of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute Voluntary Product Environmental Profile (ATMI VPEP©) form available from ATMI. This should be a BMP for all textile facilities. The review of MSDSs and ATMI VPEPs should take place before a chemical ever enters a facility, no matter what the size or source of the sample.

ITT offers review services of MSDSs and ATMIs for facilities that may not have the staff to complete the task of in depth analysis. The extent of this service can be a simple review for completeness or a working arrangement with vendors and manufacturers to ensure that the best ecological information is made available. ITT would welcome the chance to work with any facility to ensure that all the chemical product data needed for environmental stewardship is available. ITT also welcomes the chance to work with vendors to see that the information they submit offers a premium service to their customers.

For more information please contact Dr. Henry Boyter at

Technical Advisory Commitee Restructured

We have recently created a higher level of industry input and oversight for the development of the ITT research agenda. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been reconstituted to have one main committee with five subcommittees or steering committees. The main TAC is chaired by Thomas R. Johnson and is composed of the chairpersons of the five steering committees, plus three ITT research leaders.

For the 2001-2002 fiscal year, ITT staff submitted 27 quality research proposals with an appropriate mix of short-term and long-term objectives. Theses project ideas were initiated during steering committee meetings. Proposals were reviewed and prioritized by the TAC, and 18 were funded for research activity that began in July 2001.

The current TAC research agenda with a brief explanation of each project can be viewed on our website at

ITT is conducting an online survey of process waste generated in textile manufacturing. This survey will allow ITT to generate new benchmarks on waste levels in spinning, fabric formation, fabric dyeing, and fabric finishing. All information about individual plants will be held strictly confidential. If your company or plant wishes to participate, please complete the survey here.

Progress in ITT's R&D Program

With the formation of ITT Technologies, Inc., we can now provide our research and consulting services on a proprietary basis to both members and non-members. With this capability we have been working with companies to introduce new products in the textile market. This program is not limited to any particular type of processes or products, but rather includes a wide range of activities, such as apparel, nonwovens, new fiber development, engineering products, etc.

Because of the confidential nature of our work, the group operates under the umbrella of ITT Technologies, Inc. Recent research has included the development and optimization of new generic fibers, construction of yarns for engineering products, evaluation of new apparel fiber variants, and process optimization for new fibers.

We are currently working with 10 companies and institutions on R&D projects.

Class of 2002 Returns

The six returning members of the Class of 2002 just completed their summer internships with industry companies. They now will begin serious work on their individual thesis research projects. Thesis topics will be posted on our website soon. We welcome the Class of 2002 back for their second year at ITT.

James “Jay” C. Craven
NC State University

Charles “Ben” Duke
The Citadel

Thad W. Gregory
Clemson University

William “Michael” Johnson
University of South Carolina

David T. Karst
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Elizabeth S. Wilson
Philadelphia University

New Members Welcomed

We're excited to announce five new members joined the Institute this past spring and summer. These members represent a broadening base of membership support that more accurately reflects the integrated textile industry. Our new members include organizations that supply the textile industry with fibers, technology, and energy, and will bring new input and additional perspective to our research and services. We're proud to welcome into membership Murata of America, Inc, Stowe Woodward, Wellman, Inc, KoSa, and Duke Power Company.

Summer Internship Program

During the summer between the two academic years, each ITT student works in a textile plant on a project that has been developed by industrial leadership. Each student has the opportunity to work independently of other students and faculty in this environment. The purpose of the work is to provide additional industrial and educational experiences, as well as to offer a source of income to ease the financial burden of graduate school.

This year an Undergraduate Summer INternship program was implemented, which exposed undergraduate students to the Institute's programs, provided additional resources for research underway, and may aid in the recruitmentof future graduate students.

Three undergraduates served their interships in Charlottesville, Virginia and one worked out of Greenville, South Carolina.

Harris Lineberger worked under the guidance of Tim Ellis in our ITT Technology Transfer office in Greenville. Harris developed an online survey of process waste generated in textile manufacturing.

In Charlottesville, we had Stephanie Randolph and Leigh ('Chris') Dixon serve as summer interns working under the direction of Neil Cahill and Gary Moore. Their work involved gathering data from the Roger Milliken Textile Library in support of the Center for Textile Economic Competitiveness research effort.

Stephanie Randolph wrote "I needed an internship this summer that would allow me explore the field of Finance, which is my major. This job has given me that opportunity as well as allowed me to explore an industry I knew nothing about." Isabelle Eiff, under the direction of Chris Moses, conducted a review of the literature focused on the effects of cotton and polyester fiber properties on yarn and fabric properties. The goal of Isabelle's project was to collect data sets from similar studies that could be combined using techniques from the field of meta-analysis to formulate meaningful fiber-yarn-fabric property relationships. ITT staff is currently using the results of Isabelle's work to investigate possible relationships between cotton and polyester properties on short-term mass evenness of yarns over a wide range of experimental conditions.

Isabelle wrote "It has truly been a wonderful experience at ITT. The welcoming environment has allowed me the opportunity to work with and learn from the formidable ITT staff and faculty."

Starting June 1, 2001, the area code for the Charlottesville area has been changed from 804 to 434. At present the former area code of 804 will work when dialing our area, but starting Dec.1, 2001, the new area code of 434 will be implemented.

Class of 2001 Graduation

Class 2002 Thesis Proposal Defense
05/22/2001 - 05/24/2001

Class 2001 Defense Day
05/07/2001 - 05/11/2001

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
05/02/2001 - 05/03/2001

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