I don’t make textiles, I make them better and safer for people and the environment
Professor Majid Sarmadi received his PhD from Virginia Tech in 1986 in Textile Science. As Rothermel Bascom Professor of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he directs the Textile Science specialization graduate degree in the School of Human Ecology’s Design Studies program as well as graduate students in the Materials Science graduate program. He is also a faculty member for the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University. His research focus includes: chemical properties and structures of textile fibers, plasma modifications of materials, textile flammability, wettability, dyeing and finishing. His teaching and research incorporate topics related to sustainability, and has received many awards. He is the author and co-author of more than 70 scientific papers and holds four patents in the area of plasma processing of polymeric materials and plasma technology. He has served as consultant for textile and related industries, state procurement offices, and judicial system on issues such as wettability, dyeability, flammability, and minimum specifications for carpet and other textile materials. Professor Sarmadi has served as a consultant to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), which serves more than 220,000 students with a building budget of 5.7 billion dollars. The carpet specification that Professor Sarmadi wrote for LACCD is one of his most important contributions to the textile industry and the world as a whole. Professional magazines such as College Planning & Management and some newspapers have called his specifications “Best Practices.” Sarmadi’s Sustainable Carpet Project saved more than 40 million dollars for the State of California on one contract alone. The project has received 16 different awards including recognition from the Governor of California and the Mayor of Los Angeles.