Izabela Luiza Ciesielska-Wrobel

  • Assistant Professor
  • Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Phone: 401.874.2276
  • Email: iciewrobel@uri.edu
  • Office Location: 311, Quinn Hall


Dr. Ciesielska-Wrobel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD) at the URI. She earned her B.Sc, M.Sc., and Ph.D. in textile technology and textile manufacturing. During her bachelor’s and master’s studies, she focused on knitting, weaving, spinning, nonwoven technologies. Her Ph.D. dissertation concerned measuring the level of thermophysiological and ergonomic wear comfort in users of textiles. She taught different textiles-related classes, mainly in Poland, Belgium, France, Spain, and the United States at North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles (lecture invitation from Dr. Alex Hummel). When she was doing her post-doc at Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC), she measured the influence of uniforms on firefighters’ comfort and performance. After completing her post-doc, she returned to Belgium to continue her work at Ghent University as a post-doctoral senior researcher.

Before joining the URI, Professor Ciesielska-Wrobel worked as a Research Scientist in textile product development at Luna Innovations Incorporated in Blacksburg, VA. She was a Principal Investigator of projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.

Her current interests revolve around textile technologies, especially knitting, smart textiles, perception of textiles, conversion, and processing of ocean plastic wastes, technical and protective textiles, high-performance materials, metal-organic frameworks.

She has published more than 50 referred papers and conference proceedings. She is a co-author of two patents, author of Finite Element Modeling of Textiles in Abaqus CAE (2019) and Contemporary Personal Ballistic Protection (2017). She is a beneficiary of two prestigious and competitive European grants, the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (2010-2012) and the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2014-2017).

She serves as a Vice-Editor of the Autex Research Journal.

Official CV


Conversion of ocean plastic wastes into economically viable textile products, UV protective melanin-based prints on fabrics, textile technologies


Post-Doc, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, US
Post-Doc, L’École des Hautes Études d’Ingénieur (HEI), Lille, France
Post-Doc, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Ph.D., Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
M. Sc., Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland
B.Sc., Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland

Selected Publications


Ciesielska-Wrobel, I; Can mechanical recycling of cotton be more popular? Cellulose Fibers Conference, March 8-9, 2023, Nova Institute for Ecology and Innovation, Cologne, Germany.

Ciesielska-Wrobel, I; Shedding Tendency of Recycled Fibers during Laundry, Global Polymers and Textiles Conference, April 19-21, 2023, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Lowell, MA, USA

Martey, S.; Hendren, K.; Farfaras, N.; Kelly, J.C.; Newsome, M.; Ciesielska-Wrobel, I.; Sobkowicz, M.J.; Chen, W.-T. Recycling of Pretreated Polyolefin-Based Ocean-Bound Plastic Waste by Incorporating Clay and Rubber. Recycling 2022, 7, 25. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling7020025

Teyeme Y., Malengier B., Tesfaye T., Ciesielska-Wrobel I.L., et al. (2020). Review of contemporary techniques for measuring ergonomic wear comfort of protective and sport clothing. Autex Res. Journal.

Hardianto A., De Mey G., Ciesielska-Wrόbel I.L., Hertleer C., Van Langenhove L (2018). Seebeck coefficient of thermocouples from Nickel-coated Carbon fibers: theory and experiment; Materials MDPI, 11(6).

Marciniak K., Grabowska K., Stempien Z., Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L. (2018). Shielding of electromagnetic radiation by multilayer textile sets, Textile Research Journal.

Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., DenHartog E., Barker R. (2017) The influence of designs of protective uniforms on firefighters’ performance during moderate physical exercises, Textile Research Journal.

Toda M., Grabowska K., Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L. (2017), Application of micro-computed tomography (micro- CT) to study unevenness of the structure of yarns, Textile Research Journal.

Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., G. De Mey & L. Van Langenhove (2015): Dry heat transfer from the skin surface into textiles: subjective and objective measurement of thermal haptic perception of textiles – preliminary studies, the Journal of The Textile Institute.

Toda M., Grabowska KE, Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L. (2015) Micro-CT supporting structural analysis and modelling of ropes made of natural fibers, Textile Research Journal.

Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., E DenHartog, R Barker (2016), Measuring the Effects of Structural Turnout Suits on Firefighter Range of Motion and Comfort, Ergonomics.

De Mey G., Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., L Van Langenhove (2016) Mathematical model of haptic perception of temperature, Textile Research Journal.

Marciniak K., Grabowska K., Stempien Z., Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., et al. (2016) Woven Fabrics Containing Hybrid Yarns for Shielding Electromagnetic Radiation, Fibers & Textiles in Eastern Europe.


Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., Finite Element Modelling in Abaqus CAE, 1st Edition, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, August 2019.

Book chapter

Ciesielska-Wróbel I.L., (2017) Contemporary Personal Ballistic Protection (PBP) in Textiles for Advanced Applications edited by Bipin Kumar and Suman Thakur, InTech, September 9, 2017.