AATCC Awards


AATCC offers several prestigious awards. Some awards were established to recognize those outstanding achievers in the textiles sciences, whose discoveries influence the world. Other awards were established to recognize those AATCC members whose dedicated service to the Association has strengthened and promoted the Association’s purpose and mission to the world.

All AATCC awards serve to recognize those who participate in the mission of the Association, by meeting the objectives of the Association:

  • To increase knowledge of the application of colorants, chemicals, and polymers in the Textile Industry.
  • To encourage in any practical way research work on textile design and coloration, chemical processes, and materials of importance to the Textile Industry.
  • To establish, for the members, channels by which the interchange of professional knowledge among them may be increased.  (see AATCC Constitution, Article II, Section 1)

Nominations are accepted through March 31. Each award committee meets in May during the spring series of AATCC Committee Meetings to determine the award recipient.  Awards are presented during the AATCC International Conference.

The criteria for each award is listed below, along with past award recipients, and an award nomination form. Nominate someone today!


Olney Medal

Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science.

Harold C. Chapin Award

The Chapin Award was established in 1958 in honor of Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School, who served as national secretary of AATCC for nearly 25 years. Senior members who have dedicated 20 or more years of continuous service to the Association are eligible for nomination. The award is a presented as a beautifully illustrated scroll.

Millson Award for Invention

Henry E. Millson provided an award endowment in 1979 with the stipulation that he never be considered a candidate. After agreeing to that condition, the Association promptly named the award in his honor. All inventions of importance to the textile industry are eligible.

AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award

The award recognizes up to two senior members with at least five years of continuous membership in AATCC, who have contributed outstanding technical service to the Association through activity in a research committee.

AATCC Future Leaders Award

AATCC seeks to recognize promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences, give them acknowledgment and recognition to enhance their careers, engage these young professionals in the work of the Association, and bring their insights and needs to the forefront. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC.

J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award

Selected from among the papers published in the AATCC Journal of Research during the preceding calendar year. All authors of the winning paper are recognized.

AATCC Education Award

This award was created to recognize those members who have contributed extensively to the educational activities of AATCC.

AATCC Faculty Advisor Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote the work of AATCC student chapter faculty advisors who are active AATCC members and who work to ensure their AATCC student chapters are active and growing.

Student Awards

Numerous scholarships, competitions, and awards are available to student members.