Back to Contents April 15, 2014
AATCC Student Chapter Award Winners

By Manisha Patel

Every year, AATCC student chapters may name a graduating senior to be recognized for academic achievement and contribution to the chapter, school, and society. AATCC presents each chapter award winner with a certificate and a copy of Color Vision and Technology. Winners also receive one year of free Membership in AATCC as they start their careers.


Philadelphia University


Victoria Dalessandro, the Student Chapter Award winner for Philadelphia University, majoring in Textile Design with a concentration in Weave, exemplifies the curious, self-motivated student. While excelling in all her courses and participating in many industry-sponsored collaborative projects, Delessandro is working with a Fashion Design student to design and create an ensemble for the international conference Convergence 2014. She is not only an excellent student and mentor to other students, she has industry experience as an intern for Johnson and Johnson and Secant Medical, exploring the world of biomedical textiles.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology’s Student Chapter Award winner is Katherine Copenhaver, who is majoring in Polymer and Fiber Engineering. While maintaining her position on the Dean’s List, Copenhaver is also the Tech Beautification Day Director of Logistics and Communications, an upperclassman mentor for Women in Engineering, First LEGO League Robotics Competition Referee, Colleges of Cancer general member, and Student Center Programs Council committee member. She has also received numerous scholarships and academic awards such as the Georgia Tech Honors Program, Dean’s List, PTFE Prestige Scholarship, Women in Engineering Scholarship via Alcoa Inc., Georgia Power Company Scholarship, J&J Industries Prestige Scholarship, GT Textile and Fiber Engineering Faculty Scholarship, and is the Academic Common Market Recipient.

Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists (AADTT)

The Student Chapter Award winner for AADTT is Preet Kamal, a Textile Wet Processing/Value Added Sports Textiles major. Kamal, a sincere and hard-working student, has a passion for learning. Academically, Kamal has an excellent capability to understand technical papers and journals while being able to summarize concepts. He is an active participant in all co-curricular activities of the AADTT AATCC Student Chapter while being an outstanding team player and being enthusiastic about new endeavors. He coordinated many of the events for the chapter.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Textile Development and Marketing major Amber Lee Harkonen is this year’s Student Chapter award winner. As VP of the FIT AATCC club, Harkonen took great care in planning the club's annual adventure in visiting and learning about domestic textile mills, garment manufacturers, military textile testing facilities, quality control laboratories, museums, and schools in the Baltimore and Washington, DC, USA area. She has received the FIT Arthur Price Memorial Scholarship and will graduate with honors, and was awarded a medal for completing her AAS degree with the highest GPA in the class. She is also an active member in FIT’s Sustainability club and Corporate Social Responsibility club.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lisa Temme is the winner of the Student Chapter award for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), majoring in Textile Science with a minor in Chemistry. She has maintained a GPA of 3.8 during her academic career, was honored as a High Scholar three years in a row, named the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean’s list, and has taken seven honors courses. While working at the UNL Costume Shop, she constructed and repaired costumes for student productions. Since 2013, Temme has been a tour guide for the University to prospective high school students. As an undergraduate Research Assistant, she conducted research on sorghum distillers, dried grains, and their applications in composite and medical use, and presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in September 2013.
Stay tuned for more Student Chapter award winners in our next newsletter issue!