Russell E. Gorga0000-0002-4416-9532
Russell E. Gorga is an Associate Professor and Program Director in textile engineering at NC State University, NC, USA, and a Member of the graduate faculty in the Fiber and Polymer Science program. He has affiliate appointments in both materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. Gorga is currently involved in creating composite nanofibers that can be used for applications such as tissue scaffolds (for regenerative medicine), antimicrobial fabrics, and filtration media. His research interests include nanotube/polymer composites, melt spinning and extrusion, electrospinning, and interfacial properties between polymers and particles. In 2010, he received the “Professional Progress in Engineering Award” from the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. In 2007, Gorga won the NC State University “Outstanding Teacher Award” and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Before coming to NC State, Gorga was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT where he worked on improving the strength of brittle polymers using carbon nanotubes. Earlier, Gorga worked as a research engineer at Union Carbide Corporation from 1997 through 2000, where he focused on structure-property relationships of semicrystalline polymers for high-strength commodity applications. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University (2002) where his doctoral work focused on developing relationships between molecular-micro-macro properties of polymer-polymer interfaces. Specifically, interfacial strength was mechanistically related to miscibility and mobility characteristics of the polymer constituents. He received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University (1997) and a B.S. degree in materials engineering from Drexel University (1994).
Biography Updated on 2 May 2011