Jasmine Cox will serve a three-year term on a prestigious board.
The Gaston College Textile Technology Center staffer will soon begin her work as a director on the advisory board for the advanced textiles products division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (or IFAI). According to college spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett, Cox is a process co-ordinator for testing, and she has worked for the Gaston College Textile Technology Center for the past five years.
The IFAI is a not-for-profit trade association, comprised of member companies that represent the international specialty fabrics market place, according to spokeswoman Janelle Buerkley.
“The nominations committee thoughtfully reviewed the qualifications of all applicants,” said Buerkley. “Every attempt was made to select individuals who could provide a spectrum of representation on the advisory board, including size of company and experience with association or industry issues. The board was looking for someone to represent the academia part of the textile industry, and Jasmine’s enthusiasm for the industry and student engagement made her an excellent and extremely qualified candidate.”
Board members, who may serve up to two three-year terms, are responsible for participating in quarterly board meetings to create and implement programming and events to benefit members of the IFAI’s advanced textiles products division.
Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in textile technology from North Carolina State University in 2013. She was pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management at UNC-Charlotte when, while driving on I-85, she spotted a sign for the Gaston College Textile Technology Center. She contacted the center and was invited on a tour by director Sam Buff. This resulted in the offer of an internship. In 2015, Cox joined the textile technology center as an intern, working part-time as a testing technician in the physical testing laboratory, as Buff recalled.
“Jasmine told me that she was interested in getting textile experience and would work for free,” she said. “I was sold immediately and knew that her drive would be welcomed in our labs, and it was.”
“I initially started in a support role, gaining hands-on textile testing experience in the lab,” said Cox. “The TTC is fortunate to have numerous staff members with extensive textile knowledge. I worked with the veteran staff to gain a deeper understanding of the industry. After a year of interning, I transitioned into the full-time role of special projects co-ordinator, where I served as a project manager for the center’s major R&D (research and development) projects. In that position, I gained an understanding of how to apply my studies in real world situations while strengthening my relationships with industry clients. Now as process co-ordinator, I continue to serve as project manager for extensive research projects and manager of the center’s testing laboratories.
“As a member of the IFAI’s advanced textiles products advisory board, I hope to continue to make people aware of the various innovations and opportunities that exist within the different divisions of the textile industry,” she added. “As an advisory board member, I hope to help grow the IFAI membership and programs and to expand the organization’s visibility.”
Buff extolled Cox’s commitment and hard work.
“Jasmine has worked tirelessly to develop our business partnerships and manage the testing labs,” he said. “We are all very proud of her appointment to the board. She is well-deserving and will do an outstanding job.”