Winners have been selected in the fifth annual AATCC Materials Competition for students. In August 2009, the AATCC Materials interest group invited graduate and undergraduate students to submit innovative product development ideas from a material structures design perspective. The winning concepts both focused on human health and safety—a growing market for textile innovations.
Winning entries received cash awards of US$1,000 for first place and US$500 for second. The students also receive complimentary registration for the AATCC International Conference, March 22-24, 2011, in Charleston, S.C., U.S.A. Entries were evaluated for concept originality, design element integration, technical feasibility, clarity of supporting documentation, and technical and materials rationale.
Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices
1st Place: Antimicrobial Tactical Boot by Garry Atkinson, North Carolina State University
2nd Place: ProTech-tive Apparel by Andrea Rivas, Lindsay Remington, Katie Voytko, and Anna Clark, North Carolina State University
Philip J. Brown, Clemson University
Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University; and
Kanti Jasani, Performance and Technical Textile Consulting