Kristin Thoney-Barletta

Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

Kristin A. Thoney-Barletta is a professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management. She grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Thoney-Barletta received a B.S. in Mathematics in 1994 from Valparaiso University which is located in Indiana. She began her studies at North Carolina State University in August 1994. She graduated in 1997 with an M.S. in Operations Research. Thoney-Barletta received her Ph.D. from NC State University in 2000, co-majoring in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She is a member of INFORMS and IIE.

Research Interests

Thoney-Barletta’s research focuses on mathematical modeling, optimization, Logistics – forward and reverse (recycling), production scheduling and inventory control. Specific to the textile industry, she works on textile and apparel supply chain modeling, apparel sourcing and textile and apparel cost competitiveness. Her expertise extends into areas such as military logistics and healthcare improvement.


PhDDoctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering and Operations ManagementNC State University2000
MSORMaster of Science in Operations ResearchNC State University1997
BSIEBachelor of Science in MathematicsValparaiso University1994


  • Advertising and Financial Analysis of Cotton Sustainability in Apparel Lines
  • Investigation of Low Percentage Fixation Mechanism (Causes) for Reactive Dye Digital Printing
  • Supply Chain Decision Making in Incorporating Cotton Performance Technologies into an Apparel Line
  • Logistics of Closed Loop Textile Recycling: 2nd Year
  • Logistics of Closed Loop Textile Recycling
  • Logistical Models for Closed Loop Recycling of Apparel and Technical Textiles
  • Logistical Model for Closed Loop Recycling of Textile Materials
  • Developing a Comprehensive Cost Model in Sourcing Products
  • Proposed Collaboration Between the College of Textiles (COT), NC State University and Textile Training & Service Center (TT&SC) & Clothing Industry Training Institute (CITI) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Plant Floor Scheduling Systems in a Lean Environment
Kristin Thoney-Barletta