Igor Luzinov of Clemson University, is the first of his kind. Luzinov is the first ever recipient of the Kentwool Distinguished Professorship in Natural Fibers, an honor named for a 176-year-old textile company.
Headquartered in Greenville with a 135,000-square-foot yarn production plant in Pickens County, Kentwool is committed to innovation and excellence in natural fibers, especially wool. Kentwool is best known for its retail, Kentwool Performance, which makes premium, Merino wool socks.
Luzinov has done research on natural fibers since he started at Clemson 18 years ago. The funding from this endowment will help students attend conferences. Luzinov graduated 18 Ph.D. students, many of whom have gone on to work in the fiber and textile industry.
The professorship marks the third endowed fund that Kentwool has provided to Clemson.
Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences said that Kentwool’s generosity will open new opportunities for Clemson students.
“I thank Kentwool for their forward-thinking contribution,” Gramopadhye said in the press release. “Their generosity will enrich the educational experience for students and widen the pipeline to industry.”