In August 2011, AATCC announced its seventh annual Materials Research Poster Competition for students developed by its Materials Interest Group. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. The aim of the competition is the promotion of innovative product development from a material structures design perspective.
The three themes/categories of this year’s competition were: Industrial/Technical/Sports Materials, Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices, and Functional/Smart/Nano Materials. All entries were evaluated on concept originality, research quality, clarity, and results/discussions/conclusions.
All winning entries will receive cash awards of $1,000 for First Place and $500 for Second Place in each category and complimentary student registration(s) for the 2013 AATCC International Conference.
Judging was administered by Dr. Radhakrishnaiah Parachuru, Georgia Institute of Technology (PTFE Dept.), Robina Hogan, United Soybean Board/Hogan Consulting, Kanti Jasani, Performance & Technical Textile Consulting, and Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University (TIEH Dept.)
1st Place: Noise/Sound Reduction Boards for Student Housing by Courtney Milliner, Joshua Cole, Elizabeth Brannon, and Hannah Mangum, North Carolina State University
2nd Place: Comparative Study for a Preventative Turf Toe Cleat by Brittainy Krohn, and Ugur Kolunsag, Philadelphia University
Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices
1st Place: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Regenerative Device by Cameron Carter, Grace Ridge, Justin Myers, and Brittany Knox, North Carolina State University
2nd Place: Water Stable Plant Protein Film from Camelina for Tissue Engineering by Yi Zhao and Qiuran Jiang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1st Place: Nanowire-Structured Based Hybrid Cell for Harvesting Solar and Mechanical Energies by Chen Xu, Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd Place: Effects of Long-term Chemical Treatment on the Electrical Resistance of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) on Textiles by Christopher DiFranco and Jinlin Cai, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Congratulations to everyone who participated this year and special congratulations to our winners!