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Igor Luzinov gets Kentwool Distinguished Professorship

Feb '19
Igor Luzinov (2nd from right) with students in his lab at Clemson University. Pic: Clemson University
Igor Luzinov (2nd from right) with students in his lab at Clemson University. Pic: Clemson University
Igor Luzinov of Clemson University has been awarded the first Kentwool Distinguished Professorship in Natural Fibres, an honour named for a 176-year-old textile company that is know for commitment to innovation and excellence in natural fibres, specifically wool. Luzinov has done research on natural fibres since he arrived at Clemson 18 years ago.

A $250,000 gift from Kentwool in 2009 enabled Clemson to receive a matching gift from the lottery-funded SmartState programme creating the endowment that made the professorship possible. Kentwool is headquartered in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, and has a 135,000-square-foot yarn production plant in Pickens County.

Kim Kent, the CEO of Kentwool, said the idea for the professorship started with her late husband, Mark, who died in 2017 at 55 years old. He was a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Clemson University School of Textiles.

“Mark was passionate about supporting innovation and next-generation talent in the textile industry,” Kent said. “This is a passion that Kentwool continues today, and we are so pleased to know the professorship will support the outstanding work being conducted by Dr. Luzinov and his students.”

The funding Luzinov receives as a result of the endowment will help him and his students attend conferences, he said. One of Luzinov’s major accomplishments is graduating 18 PhD students, including many who have gone on to work in the fibre and textile industry. Two became professors, one at the University of Western Australia and one at the University of Georgia.

“It’s like your children, in scientific terms,” he said. “They learn from you. First, they repeat your words and then they produce their own. When they produce their own words and ideas, they become ready to go. Kentwool and SmartState are playing a crucial role in helping us get even more students ready to go, and I’d like to thank them for their support.”

Rajendra Bordia, chair of materials science and engineering, said Luzinov is highly deserving of the Kentwool professorship. “Dr. Luzinov is an outstanding scholar and teacher with a demonstrated passion for preparing students to excel in the workforce and academia,” Bordia said. “He is well positioned to widen the pipeline from Clemson to the fibre and textile industry.”

To consumers outside the textile industry, Kentwool is best known for its retail arm, Kentwool Performance, which makes premium, Merino wool athletic socks. The company also includes Kentwool Development, a division that owns and operates two historic buildings in downtown Greenville. The vast majority of the company’s 176 years in business, however, has been devoted to producing wool yarn of exceptional quality.

Skilled employees are essential to the Kentwool business, Kent said. “We have employees who have been with us for years, sometimes decades,” she said. “They are experts in their respective functions, and without their textile knowledge, Kentwool would not be able to produce the caliber of product for which we are so well-known. We know that continuing to foster new talent in textiles is paramount to maintaining both the health of the industry and our own competitiveness as a brand.”

The professorship marks the third endowed fund that Kentwool has provided to Clemson.

The Warren “Tom” Kent Presidential Memorial Scholarship provides need-based scholarships for South Carolina residents and is named for Mark Kent’s father. The Kentwool Educational Endowment provides partial scholarships to students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Kent said that she is in the early stages of discussions that could lead to even more collaboration between Kentwool and Clemson.

“We would love an opportunity to have students participate in internships or other opportunities at our facility to give them exposure to textile operations beyond the classroom,” she said. “Of course we always want to identify and retain top talent, but internships and partnerships are a win-win even in the cases where students don’t ultimately come to work with Kentwool. Growing the next generation of textile talent benefits us all.” (SV)

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