Jesse Jur, husband of Paige Presler-Jur and son-in-law of John and Martha Presler of Princeton, was named the 2018-19 University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University.

Jur is an associate professor in the department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) at NC State's Wilson College of Textiles. He is one of 20 early- and mid-career faculty selected for their dedication to serving the university community and their respective fields through scholarship, research and engagement.

"Dr. Jur is a game-changer at NC State, an outstanding academic influence in our world and a great mentor for our students," said Distinguished Professor of Textile Engineering Jon Rust, associate dean for academic programs at the Wilson College of Textiles.

"I have watched Dr. Jur's career with admiration, pride and anticipation of great things to come. A strategic thinker and innovative leader, Jesse consistently finds ways to make the Wilson College of Textiles and NC State University a better learning experience for our students and a stronger resource for all our constituents."

A 2007 alumnus of the university's Materials Science and Engineering program, Jur has been a professor with TECS since 2011. He has mentored dozens of students; won several awards including the 2015-16 NC State Outstanding Extension Service Award, the 2015 NC State Research and Innovation Seed Funding Award, and the Chancellor's Innovation Fund Award in both 2012 and 2015, among others; and has demonstrated a deep commitment to university service.

"I'm very proud of the recognition that this honor provides me and I'm humbled by the nomination that my peers have given me and their recognition of the fact that I've worked really hard," Jur said. "I try to create a good culture within my research program and to provide as good of an education as humanly possible to students…From a research perspective, I'm only as good as the students in my research group; if they weren't creative and they weren't hard working, then I wouldn't have gotten this."

"The same thing goes for the students in the classroom; if they weren't hard working and if they didn't have a complete buy-in to the things that we try to do here, then I definitely wouldn't have this opportunity. I feel most proud about the fact that I'm able to share that with them."