Northwest Section


The AATCC Northwest section includes members in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Northwest Section Bylaws (approved October 2010)


Chair: Susan Sokolowski
Vice Chair:  Becky Hurd
Secretary: Jo Surerus
Treasurer: Stacy Holt
Program Chair, Seattle: Dave Heiss
Program Chair, Portland: Scott Echols
Membership Chair: Farhan Patel

Upcoming Activities

Thursday April 25, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00pm

Come join C-Therm Technologies (   for a free workshop in partnership with the NW AATCC chapter, to learn more about quantifying “warm feel” and “cool touch” via ASTM D7984. C-Therm works with leading textile and apparel brands in quantifying thermal performance. Specifically, C-Therm’s patented instrumentation measures the effusivity of materials.

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Thermal Effusivity (also called “thermal inertia”) is defined as the rate at which a material can absorb heat. It is the thermophysical property that describes whether a textile feels warm and cozy, or cool to the touch. The property is measured with the use of C-Therm’s MTPS (Modified Transient Plane Source) method and can be applied to both dry and wetted fabrics. Effusivity is a critical performance attribute of textiles intended to improve thermal regulation of the end user. Learn more about how product managers, innovation teams and researchers in claims validation are employing the patented MTPS sensor technology in characterizing the “Warm Feel” or “Cool Touch” of textiles.

Live Sample Testing

Attendees are encouraged to bring samples for LIVE performance testing. Minimum 18 mm in diameter (no maximum), 3 to 4 layers.


Join C-therm afterwards for some drinks, food and good conversation at the Jackrabbit Bar (located inside the Duniway Hotel).


Past Activities

November 15, 2018 – Fall meeting in Seattle
2pm to 5pm
Tour and presentation to begin at 2:00pm
Location: Vicis headquarters building, located in South Lake Union

Vicis will give us a brief history of the company along with a design-focused overview of the Zero1 football helmet, then wrap up with a test lab tour.  The presentation/tour is expected to take about an hour, give or take depending on questions. As a heads-up they will need all members of our group to sign a simple NDA form onsite because some of what they’ll see is confidential.Afterwards we can move over to either the nearby Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant (701 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) or the Cask & Trotter BBQ restaurant (711 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) to continue the meeting and have an early dinner.  Cost: $20  Questions?  Reach out to Dave Heiss ( or Scott Echols

July 12, 2018
Presentation from Jamie Bainbridge, of Bolt Threads (
University of Oregon Portland
70 NW Couch Street
Portland Oregon 97209

September 28, 2017
AATCC Northwest Section Technical Meeting
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April 27, 2017
AATCC Northwest Section Technical Meeting and Tour of Parklane Mattress
Tualatin, Oregon
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February 2, 2017
Tour & lecture at Thermetrics in Seattle, WA 4220
24th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98199
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December 13, 2016: AATCC Northwest Section Meeting
Winter Meeting at Portland Apparel Lab and Art & Design Portland
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October 27, 2016: Technical Meeting
“Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style”
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May 3, 2016: Section Meeting
“An Afternoon of Design Inspiration and Innovation”
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October 22, 2015: Factory Tour at Steelhead Manufacturing
2015-10 Meeting Pic

December 9, 2014: NW Section Holiday Meeting
Drygoods Design, Seattle, WA
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March 26, 2013 NW Section Meeting Student Report Photos
December 7, 2012 NW Section Meeting Attachment Photos
September 25, 2012
NW Section Meeting Photos
May 15, 2012 NW Section Meeting Photos
February 22, 2012 NW Section Meeting Photos
December 2, 2011 Parker Furniture Showroom Photos
October 21, 2011 Boeing Tour Photos (see Facebook for more)
June 8, 2011 Uliko Studio Tour Photo1 Photo2 Photo3 Photo4
April 11, 2011 Nordstrom Quality Center Photo1 Photo2 Photo3 Photo4
October 20, 2010
Today’s Sustainable Business Models Conference

Annual Report 2012
Annual Report 2011
April 20, 2010 Nike Tour Photo1 Photo2 Photo3 Photo4 Photo5
January 19, 2010 Pacific Coast Feather Co. Tour
October 6, 2009

August 20, 2009
Annual Report 2008

September 12, 2006
March 14, 2006
Annual Report 2004-2005
April 2005