Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine



Jefferson’s technical facilities for research, development and testing of new fabrics may be unsurpassed in higher education: Grundy Materials Evaluation Laboratory has been assessing new and newly combined materials for more than 40 years. This year, it will have a new name and a new home. Thanks to the support of noted textile design alumnus Jeff Bruner ’73, the Jeff Bruner Materials Characterization Laboratory will open in the state-of-the-art Kay and Harold Ronson Health and Applied Science Center this spring.

The Lab’s main mission remains the same: to offer experiential learning, introducing students to technology and processes for evaluating materials. It has also been a problem-solving workhorse for industry and government agencies, with the capacity to assess myriad factors, including friction, wicking, strength, weight, high-compression capacity and abrasion/snagging resistance.