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Training Workshops

All Courses are organized by:

The Nonwovens Institute NCSU 1010 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

In-Person Training

Nonwoven Fabric Property Development & Characterization Course

June 4 - 7, 2024

INDA/NWI Member fee: $2,500
Non-member fee: $3,300

Fiber & Filament Extrusion Fundamentals Course

July 23 - 25, 2024

INDA/NWI Member fee: $2,500
Non-member fee: $3,300

Nonwoven Product Development & Innovation Course

August 13 - 16, 2024

INDA/NWI Member fee: $2,500
Non-member fee: $3,300

Multiple registrants from the same company receive a discount.


Fiber And Filament Extrusion Fundamentals


Hechmi Hamouda PhDHechmi Hamouda, Ph.D., Professor of Textile Engineering, College of Textiles, NC State University

He is a native of Tunisia who joined the Faculty at NC State in March 1985. He has taught the mechanics of fibrous and biological structures and engineering thermodynamics, at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 30 years and led several administrative initiatives, including Director of the Textile Engineering Program. He is an expert in the areas of thermal and fluid sciences applications to fibrous materials, specifically filtration, thermal insulation, sound absorption, heat treatments, thermal evaluation and testing of fire protective materials and waste elimination/reduction. Other areas include mechanics and formation of fibrous structures, instrumentation and control systems, and textile applications in biomedical engineering.

Amy Minton, InstructorAmy Minton, Physical Testing Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)

Ms. Minton received her B.S. degree in Textile Technology from NCSU. Ms. Minton has managed the Analytical and Physical testing labs for NWI since 2000.

Amy Minton, InstructorDavid Nelson, Director, Industry Engagement and Education, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), 3M, (retired)

Nelson retired from 3M with over 40 years of experience in various technical, manufacturing, and business positions including a long-term foreign service assignment in the Netherlands. His experience includes nonwovens technology, R&D, strategic management, and product development. He is responsible for the coordination and development of industry short courses, industrial membership activities, research contracts, and student mentorship at NWI. 

Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Instructor Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, North Carolina State University, and Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)

Professor Pourdeyhimi received his Ph.D. from Leeds University in 1982. He has taught textile and fiber science, technology and engineering as well as microscopy and image analysis applications to textiles, nonwovens and materials problems both at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research experience covers such areas as image and structural analysis of nonwoven fibrous webs, textile applications in sports, bioengineering and materials, instrumentation and test method development, among others. Pourdeyhimi’s research interests are in the area of nonwovens, materials, biomaterials, modeling performance, special textile structures, and image analysis. His expertise is recognized by major corporations and leading research bodies around the world. He is a consultant to over 30 bodies and major corporations.

Carl Wust, Ph.D, InstructorCarl Wust, Ph.D., Manager of Research and Development for the Americas, FiberVisions

Carl Wust earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He went to work for Hercules in Wilmington DE, working on such diverse areas as biaxially oriented polypropylene film, controlled atmosphere packaging, modified rheology polypropylene, and solid rocket motor fuel. Wust transferred to the Hercules fibers plant/research center in Covington GA in November 1986 as a Senior Engineer. Over the years, he has become a recognized authority in all areas of olefin staple fiber production.

Areas of expertise include: Polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyester rheology and chemistry; monocomponent (PP) and bicomponent (PE/PP, PE/PET, PP/PET) spinning and design of spinnerets; long spin two-step staple and short cut, one-step staple, and BCF production; dynamics and investigation into markets of diaper, wipes, feminine hygiene, filtration, paper, apparel, construction, automotive, and geosynthetics; converting technologies of carding, calender bonding, needlepunch, spunlace (hydroentangling), through air bonding, wetlaid; and additive and finish chemistry.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Polymer properties and fiber formation, including bi-component fibers
  • Polymers used in spunbond and meltblown fabrics
  • Processes and products
  • Composites and laminates
  • Converting techniques
  • Tests and evaluations

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