StaffSeptember 1, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

AATCC Elections for 2021-2022 Officers

Ballots Due October 30


Nominee for President-Elect


John Crocker has spent almost 25 years in the textile quality control industry, with experience in manufacturing, testing, technical sales, and standards development. As SDL Atlas Business Development Manager, Crocker is responsible for working with customer relationships, standards development, laboratory installations, promotion of testing requirements, and installation and training for new customers. Prior to his promotion to Business Development Manager, Crocker was responsible for managing the agents and business in the US and Canada, as well as aiding with promotions around the world, a position he held since joining SDL Atlas in 2004. Prior to joining SDL Atlas, Crocker worked as the Lab Manager/Quality Assurance Manager/ISO Management Representative for the Glen Raven Knit Fabrics Group. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU).

Crocker joined AATCC in 2010. He has served as the AATCC MidSouth Regional Board Member, and as such, also is a member of the AATCC Board of Directors. He is an active member of several standards development organizations, including ASTM, where he resides as D13 Textiles Chairman, AATCC, where he serves as both secretary and chair on a number of AATCC research committees; and ISO, where he acts as vice chair and technical expert for the US TAG to TC 38 as well as acting as the convenor for SC2/WG3.



Nominees for AATCC Regional Board Members


Nominee for Central Atlantic Region


Patrick Ayers is co-owner of LCA Designs, a freelance textile design and technical services company. He received a BS in textile chemistry, polymer chemistry from  the NCSU Wilson College of Textiles in 1995, attended Leeds University in the United Kingdom in 1993-1994, and received an MBA in Management Information Systems from Gardner-Webb University in 2000. Over 25 years, he has held technical, quality assurance, and global management roles in fiber recycling and extrusion, fabric, apparel, and textile services companies.

A member of AATCC since 1992, he joined while a student at NCSU. His membership involvement includes participation in the Colorfastness to Atmospheric Contaminant Test Methods Committee, Color Measurement Test Methods Committee, the Harold C. Chapin Award Committee, and as a NY-Metro Section Officer. He is also a member of ASTM D13, F23, and E12. Ayers has great interest in serving the Central Atlantic Region—an area filled with diverse textile and apparel brands, retailers, and suppliers. He wishes to engage in industry outreach, increase membership, and better assist existing members and chapters in the area.


Nominee for MidSouth Region


A 1967 graduate of the College of Textiles NCSU with a BS in Textile Chemistry, Nelson E. Houser has served in various technical and management positions with dyestuff and chemical suppliers, and wet processors. Previous positions include Technical Service with Archroma; Vice-President of Technical Service for M. Dohmen USA; Vice-President Technical Marketing for Burlington Chemical Co. LLC; Technical Director with the Textile Products Division of Ciba-Geigy Corp.; and Technical Manager with American Color and Chemical. Manufacturing experiences include management and technical positions with M. Lowenstein, Burlington Industries, and Beaunit Corp. After 53 years in the textile industry, Houser retired in June 2019. Houser has also worked with technology transfer programs at the Wilson College of Textiles at NCSU.

Houser has been an active member of AATCC for over 40 years. He served as President of the Association from 1997 through 1998. He chaired numerous committees, including the Education Advisory and Publications Committees, and Colorfastness to Perspiration Test Method Committee, and is presently serving on several technical and administrative committees. In 2003, Houser was awarded the AATCC Harold C. Chapin Award for distinguished service to the Association, and in 2015, received the AATCC Education Award. Additional recognitions include the 2000 Textile Leader of the Year by the Kappa Tau Beta Leadership Fraternity and Phi Psi Professional Textile Fraternity at the College of Textiles at NCSU, and the 2001 Textile World Annual Top 10 for service and dedication to the textile industry. A frequent speaker on textile wet processing, Houser has made numerous presentations at AATCC workshops and symposiums, NCSU programs, Clemson University programs, and various trade association programs.


Nominee for New England Region


Jack Bare is a sales manager for StarChem. He received his Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry from NCSU and Master of Business Administration from Bryant University. After 20 years of technical manufacturing leadership in preparation, dyeing, printing, and finishing of woven, non-woven, and knit products, he decided to apply his skills for the past twelve years in chemical sales support.

Bare joined AATCC in 2014; however, he joined the Rhode Island Section of AATCC in 1992 and has been a member of the AATCC Scholarship Regional Committee for the past twenty years. He was instrumental in establishing the New England Textile Industry Round Table in 2010, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Bare enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and watching the Red Sox with his wife, Helen.


Nominees for Southern Region


Ashley Handley is currently a project specialist in the Retail and Industry, CRS Division at Underwriters Laboratories. In 2005, she received a BS in Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, focusing on Apparel Studies/Fashion Merchandising/Textile Science. Immediately after graduation, she began her career as a Textile Specialist in the Accessories and Home Division at Consumer Testing Laboratories. She progressed to Textile Engineer in Regulatory Compliance and Technical Support before moving into her current position at Underwriters Laboratories.

Handley has been a member of AATCC since 2017 and currently serves on the Young Professionals Committee, as well as Water Resistance, Absorbency & Wetting Agent Evaluation Test Methods Committee, Appearance Retention Test Methods Committee, Stain Resistance Test Methods Committee, and Colorfastness to Water Test Methods Committee. Locally, she is treasurer for the AATCC Ozarks Section.


Andrew Fraser is director of global quality with InMocean, located in Bentonville, AR, USA. In 1986, he received a BS in Textile Science from NCSU.

Prior to working at InMocean, he was director of color at Consumer Testing Laboratories/UL, director of color and technical services at Chico’s FAS, owner and CEO of Fraser Technical Services Consulting, director of fabric and color with Walmart Stores Inc., and manager of color and physical testing laboratories for Victoria’s Secret.

Fraser has been a member of AATCC since 1992. Currently, he is the chair of the AATCC Ozarks Section. He also chairs the Color Measurement Test Method Committee, and is a member of the International Test Methods Committee, the Technical Committee on Research, and the Education Advisory Board.


Nominee for the Southeast Asia Region


Ashis Kr. Samanta, is a professor and former head of the department of Jute and Fibre Technology at the Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), University of Calcutta, India. He is also chair of BIS TXD-07 Committee for Specialty Textile Chemicals and Dyestuff, and chair and Board of Expert/Board of Studies, Bachelor of Fashion and Apparel Design (BFAD) Course, University of Calcutta, India. He is a member of Board of Studies, Bachelor of Fashion Technology Course of Amity University, Kolkata, India.

Samanta has served as:

  • professor in-charge (Academic) in Institute of Jute Technology (IJT) from August 2009 through July 2011, and member, Governing Council of IJT for three terms.
  • former member of Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of ICAR-NIRJAFT, Govt. of India, Kolkata from 2010 through 2012
  • member of the Board of Studies for B Des. Course, Viswabharati, Santiniketan, 2011 through 2013
  • former member and former convener of PhD Committee in Textile Technology, CU
  • former assistant director in MANTRA (Manmade Textiles Research Institute), Surat, from 1997 through 1998.

He also served in the Textile Engineering Division of WBSC of IE(I) for the last 20 years in different capacities, for example, as ex-chair/convener and co-chair of the Textile Engineering Divisional Committee during 1998 to 2018, and acted as an advisor/expert member in NBA and Public Service Commission of West Bengal and Orissa, Staff Selection Commission for the Government of India.

Samanta is referee of many international journals, including TRJ, JNF, JIT, JTI, IJFTR and JFP. He is editorial board member for three international journals.

As an active member of BIS and ISO-TC-38 Committee, he attended the last three plenary meeting of ISO-TC-38 on behalf of BIS in 2015 at Layon, France in 2017 at New Orleans, USA, and in 2019 at Ponzano, Venizia, Triveso, Italy and presented new draft NWIP Standards on testing and identification of few natural dyes from such dyed textiles under WG-31.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), a Fellow of the Institution of Valuers (India), a Fellow of the Institution of Chemists, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Chemist and Approved Valuer (Textiles). He is a member of Textile Association (India), a member of AASCIT, USA, and a member of AATCC.

Nominees for West Region


Karen Muhlin is currently the director of Lab Services for The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor. Muhlin received a BS in Textile Sciences from UMass-Dartmouth in 2001. After graduating, she worked for Specialized Technology Resources (STR) as a Project Coordinator and Softlines Laboratory Supervisor. Muhlin joined The North Face in 2004 as a Lab Coordinator and has held successive roles within the Laboratory function, supporting The North Face, the VF Global Innovation Centers, as well as sister VF brands.

Muhlin has been a member of AATCC since 2000. Having a career centered around the physical and performance testing of textiles, AATCC is an organization that has always been part of Muhlin’s professional life. Currently, Muhlin serves on several AAATCC research committees, including RA63 Water Resistance, Absorbency, and Wetting Agent Evaluation, RA111 Electronically Integrated Textiles, and RA75 Evaluation of Materials and Products for End Use Performance, which she also chaired from 2016-2018. She also served as member of ECR from 2017-2019. Locally, Muhlin worked with fellow textile enthusiasts to resurrect the Pacific Coast Section (that was inactive for nearly a decade) into AATCC California. She served as the Founding Section Chair from 2016-2019 as well as Lab Testing pillar chair from 2016-2018.

Muhlin’s passion for textile testing is only matched by her desire to help build AATCC communities that encourage networking, education, and exploration of material sciences. As the Western Region board member, Muhlin would advocate for the local sections and work to highlight areas of opportunity, such as Sustainability, that resonate with textile professionals today.


Tyler Pickett is a senior laboratory specialist at adidas. He received a BS in polymer and color chemistry from the NCSU Wilson College of Textiles in 2014. He continued at NCSU as a graduate research assistant in the Textile Protection & Comfort Center until 2017, when he completed a MS in textile chemistry.

Pickett has been a member of AATCC since 2015, when he joined while a student at NCSU. He currently chairs the Evaluation of Materials and Products for End Use Performance Committee, is the chair for the Young Professionals Committee and is a member of the Technical Committee on Research. He has presented at AATCC International Conferences, participated in the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, and more recently, served on the program committee to develop AATCC’s 2019 Antibacterial & Odor Control Conference.

Pickett has great interest in serving the West Region—an area filled with world-renowned textile brands, suppliers, and programs. While his leadership and collaborative effort will be offered wherever needed, Pickett wishes to bolster educational and outreach programs to diversify future membership and better assist existing members and Sections in the area.









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