Student Chapter Awards
AATCC presents Student Chapter Awards every year to graduating seniors from our Student Chapters to be recognized for academic achievement and contribution to the chapter, school, or 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 Student Membership in AATCC as they start their careers. Be sure to congratulate these outstanding AATCC student members!
Mahak Goyal, from AADTT, majors in textile chemistry and wet processing, and has been at the top of her class in both her undergraduate program and at AADTT. “Mahak is an outstanding student, having a good track record of academics and also deep understanding of the concepts,” says AADTT advisor Siva Rama Kumar Pariti. “She is endowed with a rare ability of grasping and assimilating new and often complex ideas with consummate ease. She is always curious to learn the basic concepts and develop new and innovative ideas from them.” Goyal is an active participant of AADTT’s AATCC Student Chapter activities. She coordinates and organizes various technical as well as non-technical events for the Chapter, such as the General Knowledge quiz, Technical quiz, Group Discussion, Debate, and even cultural events like organizing an Independence Day Celebration. She is also an active campaigner in coordinating and conducting the social service activity for the AATCC Student Chapter, and visiting and collecting goods required by the orphanage adopted by the Chapter.
Nadia Klep majors in materials science and engineering with a polymeric materials concentration and Spanish and chemistry minors. Advisor Garry Lickfield says Klep performed extremely well academically, as evidenced by her 3.86 GPA. She has been named to the Dean’s List for four semesters and to the President’s list (perfect 4.0 GPA) for three semesters. She is a Palmetto Fellow, a member of the Calhoun Honors College, and the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Nonwovens Institute Scholarship, the AATCC Piedmont Scholarship, the Robert Benheim, and the Robert Knight Eaton honor awards. Klep is a member of AATCC and Phi Psi, the honorary Textile Fraternity at Clemson, in which she has been very active since her induction in the fall of 2012. According to Lickfield, “She has worked in the department since her freshman year and has been very active in research all four years, working with Igor Luzinov and working in our physical testing and microscopy laboratory.” Klep served as a College of Engineering Ambassador, representing the Material Science and Engineering department and providing campus tours for prospective freshmen, and as a Tigers Teach Tutor.
Vanessa Sanchez is a fiber science major with a 3.675 GPA. According to Cornell’s AATCC Student Chapter faculty advisor Huiju Park, “Vanessa is an outstanding senior with great passion about integrating fiber science into fashion for enhanced functionality, comfort, and eco-friendly solutions. She, as an undergraduate student researcher, has been very active in interdisciplinary research collaboration for sustainable textile business in developing countries. For example, she and her teammates were selected as the finalist of P3 Sustainable Design Competition hosted by US Environmental Protection Agency in 2014. In addition to her great academic performance in her course work, she also has participated in the Cornell Fashion Collective Annual Fashion Show as a student designer.” Park says that Sanchez has made a significant contribution to the AATCC Cornell Student Chapter through her active participation in the Chapter activities and her service as one of the officers.
Florida State University (FSU)
Rebecca Cunningham maintains a 3.4/4.0 GPA and is on the FSU Dean’s List, according to Student Chapter advisor Kay Grise. Cunningham has served as the FSU Retail Center Photographer and Retail Center Student liaison. She has studied abroad and served as the Lifestyle director for Swatch magazine. She also served as an AATCC Student Chapter officer, first as secretary; then as president. Cunningham was chosen to represent FSU at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in January 2015. She is also a Bright Futures Recipient, Macy’s Fund for Excellence Scholarship winner, and an RMPD Retail Center Student Leadership Scholarship recipient.
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Janine E. Feirer is a materials science and engineering major with a concentration in polymer and fiber engineering at Georgia Tech. She is on the Dean’s list with a 3.63 GPA. Although she is graduating with her Bachelor’s degree this semester, she will graduate with her Master’s degree in materials science and engineering in May 2015. She has cumulatively completed over 2.5 years of research during her time at Georgia Tech. She worked in an electronic materials and devices lab and the Georgia Tech cleanroom fabricating and testing large area thin film olybdenum disulfide. She won second place in the 2014 MSE undergraduate poster competition for her work. More recently, she has been working in the mechanical properties lab, compression testing various footwear insole samples. She also has been working to model these compression tests with an engineering software, COMSOL Multiphysics, to further understand the properties of these insoles. According to advisor Fred Cook, Feirer was executive philanthropy chair for her sorority, where she helped raise more than $15,000 for a dance marathon and organized the “Phi Mu Tea Party,” which raised over $4,500 in one night; both benefitting Children’s Miracle Network. She also was a member and advisor for the Freshman Activities Board, which puts on events for the freshman class to enjoy. “Despite all of these extracurricular activities in college, her true love has been materials science and engineering,” says Cook. “She always mentors and convinces.”
Stay tuned for more Student Chapter award winners in our next newsletter issue!