Monica Deshpande is a graduate student in Biomedical Textiles Research Group at the Wilson College of Textiles, NC State. She is doing her PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She shares, “My sincere thanks to the Jasani family and the AATCC Foundation for recognizing me as a recipient of this year’s Kanti and Hansa Jasani Family Textile Scholarship. This scholarship not only financially supports me, but also adds an honor to be associated with the prestigious AATCC Organization. I am eternally grateful to my advisor Professor Martin King for constantly supporting and encouraging his students to take such opportunities that lead to success
Vaibhav Palkar: I received my B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Prof. Olga Kuksenok’s research group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. My research interests include modeling and simulation of phenomena involving degradation and reversible bonding processes in polymers. Degradation is a well-established challenge in the field of polymers and textiles and with my work I’m hoping to contribute towards the knowledge of physics behind the polymer degradation process. As an international graduate student, navigating the academic environment in the United States involves both academic and financial challenges. By helping defray the expenses involved with attending graduate school, The Kanti and Hansa Jasani Family Textiles Scholarship enables me to focus on research and professional development. I am extremely grateful to the AATCC Foundation and the Jasani family for their support.