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Dr. Melissa A. Pasquinelli is an Assistant Professor in Textile Engineering at North Carolina State University. Her research expertise is in the design and application of computational approaches that predict and modulate the properties of systems at the nanoscale, including polymers, proteins, and fibers. (More information about her team and their research projects can be found at http://www.te.ncsu.edu/mpasquinelli.) She also teaches a variety of courses each year at the undergraduate and graduate levels on topics such as computer modeling, engineering thermodynamics, sustainability, and textile materials and systems. She was awarded a University Teaching Award in 2009 by NC State, and a Graduate Teaching Award in 1999 by Carnegie Mellon. In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Pasquinelli has a long history of community outreach activities, which has included judging several regional and state science competitions a year, mentoring females and minorities interested in technical fields, serving as a mentor to K-12 science teachers, and presenting science-based workshops to students in middle school and high school.
Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Pasquinelli completed two postdoctoral positions; she worked for two years with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and she also received postdoctoral training at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and her B.S. in chemistry with honors in 1996 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. In her spare time, Dr. Pasquinelli enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing cards, listening to music, and practicing yoga and pilates.
Jeffrey A. Joines is an Associate Professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department at NC State University and is currently the Associate Department Head of Undergraduate Studies in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science department. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1990, a M.S in Industrial Engineering in 1990, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 1996 all from NC State University He received the 1997 Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award from Institute of Industrial Engineers for the year’s best dissertation. His expertise is in supply chain optimization utilizing computer simulation and computational optimization methods where he has published numerous papers and given dozens of international conference presentations. Dr Joines teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in computer information systems, computer based modeling in Excel and VBA, and simulation and six-sigmaDr. Joines has taught many industrial people in the areas of Design For Six Sigma, Simulation and Six Sigma, Data Management to Assist In Six Sigma through the textile extension programs Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt program. (http://www.tx.ncsu.edu/sixsigma/). He has saved companies millions of dollars in utilizing his expertise in simulation, inventory control and job shop scheduling. He was awarded the 2006 NC State University Outstanding Teaching Award and is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 2009, Dr. Joines along with Dr Roberts were awarded the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology for Transformative Large Scale Projects.
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