Behnam Pourdeyhimi is the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension. He also serves as the Director of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.Behnam received his Ph. D. from Leeds University in 1982. This was followed by positions as a research scientist at NCSU and then at Cornell University. His distinguished academic career has taken him through University of Maryland (1984-1995) and Ga. Tech. (1995-1999) before returning to NC State.