A Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and the Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension at North Carolina State University, Pourdeyhimi also serves as director of The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from Leeds University in 1982 and has held former positions at Cornell University, the University of Maryland and Georgia Tech.
Pourdeyhimi is well known and respected in the fields of textiles, fiber science, nonwovens, biomaterials, and more. In addition to his own research and teaching, he has been a consultant to over 30 major research institutions and corporations.
In announcing Pourdeyhimi’s election to National Spinning’s board, chairman James Chesnutt notes, “We could not be more excited to add Behnam to our board. His input will be invaluable as we continue to expand our footprint in nonwovens and as our legacy yarn business evolves.” Chesnutt adds. “Behnam’s breadth of experience and contacts will serve all our operating divisions well.”
National Spinning, an employee-owned company based in North Carolina and founded in 1921, is best known as a yarn spinner and dyer, supplying yarn for apparel, home furnishings, consumer, protective, and industrial uses. The Hampton Art subsidiary, located in Washington, NC supplies wholesale consumer craft items including decorative rubber stamps, paper products, wood products and glass beads while the Carolina Nonwovens subsidiary in Maiden, NC supplies airlaid and needled thermal bonded pads and rolls for acoustic and thermal insulation and mattress components. The corporate division leases commercial space in Washington, NC.