AATCC Student Chapter Award Winners
Every year, AATCC student chapters 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 the book Color Vision and Technology. Winners also receive one year of free Membership in AATCC as they start their careers.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
The Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Chapter award winner is Kristen Murphy, majoring in Apparel Merchandising Management, with a Fashion Retailing Option. Murphy is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. She has made the Dean’s list every quarter of her Cal Poly Pomona career and manages to excel at her studies while working, being the driving force behind her student chapter, and being married. Murphy received an award and scholarship for outstanding achievement in the AMM department and was also invited to join a prestigious, invitation-only, leadership program last quarter.
Murphy has been a driving force in bringing AATCC to the Cal Poly Pomona campus and is constantly working on getting students involved. She networks with students and gets them excited with her passion and enthusiasm for the club. Murphy wears many hats in the club and is always willing to motivate her team and do what needs to be done for the AATCC SoCal Broncos to thrive. She uses creative ways to keep students interested and always represents the club well. Murphy is very passionate about the club and wants overall for her fellow students to benefit from their membership and stand out above the ever-expanding competition.
Yves Cordeau, a Materials Science & Engineering-Polymeric Materials major and Chemistry minor, is the student chapter award winner for Clemson University. He will be graduating from the Calhoun Honors College with both general and departmental honors. He has worked with a research group for eight semesters, which has led to two publications in scientific journals as well as co-inventorship on a currently pending patent. He has presented at numerous poster sessions including an international conference for BioMagnetics. Cordeau has completed National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research at the University of California Irvine during a summer fellowship program and has spent two summers conducting independent research at Clemson University.
During his time at Clemson, Cordeau has volunteered with the Clemson Life program, specifically at the Outdoor Lab, remodeling old campground structures for students with disabilities. He has represented the University as an athlete during events across the country. Cordeau has also served as an executive member of Phi Psi Professional Fraternity and been a delegate for the University to the national council of the organization.
Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Student Chapter Award winner is Cydney Alvarez, a Textile Development and Marketing major, and English and Art History Minor. Alvarez is a highly successful member of the Class of 2016: she has been a member of the Dean’s List throughout her academic studies at FIT. She has created a strong Peruvian-themed portfolio, entered and placed 8th in the National Alpaca Owners Association Textile Design Competition, and completed internships with Alice & Olivia and Rag & Bone. She is a contributing member of the Presidential Scholars Honor Society, where she completed a rigorous junior project about cultural leaders in New York City. Through this program, she also participated in monthly colloquia and community service activities.
Alvarez has been active in the FIT and New York City communities by participating in community service activities sponsored by the Presidential Scholars Program, and the AATCC Student Chapter at FIT. She has also volunteered annually for various Spring and Fall New York Fashion Week events. She organized fabric sales, community service events, and networking events that unite and educate club members, and served as the AATCC Student Chapter President for the 2015-2016 school year. Recent club activities included: hand knitting sessions, a series of cotton crocheting classes through Cotton University, and cotton composting with the Natural Dye Garden Club. By planning events with other organizations, AATCC can share textile knowledge with others, and promote coordination and communication with other programs. In the Spring 2016 semester, she and the officers are planning the AATCC annual club trip.
Florida State University
Ashley Lamb, a Retail Merchandising Product Development major is Florida State University’s (FSU) Student Chapter Awardee. During Lamb’s time studying Retail Merchandising Product Development, she has taken each initiative to improve herself academically to prepare for her future career in the retail industry. She has achieved Dean’s list the previous two semesters, frequently leads class discussions, and has participated in two case study competitions: Target Grant Case Study and the Inaugural 2015 Kohl’s Invitational, where she was selected among three other students to represent FSU at Kohl’s headquarters. Additionally, she was selected to represent FSU at two different National Retail Federation Student Programs: NRF Shop. Org 2014 and NRF BIG Show 2016. At the NRF’s BIG Show, Ashley represented FSU as the Next Generation Semi-Finalist. Lamb’s academic achievements help establish her a prestigious role model for her fellow students.
Lamb began her commitment to AATCC as Art Director for the first AATCC of FSU Fashion Show. The next semester, she served as the AATCC Student Chapter’s Vice President and as President for the two following semesters. During this time, she strategized marketing efforts to increase member engagement, planned networking trips for the club with local vendors and manufacturers, and served as Show Coordinator where she designed and organized three fashion shows totaling in attendance of more than 1,500 people in the last two years. She has been a significant asset to the FSU AATCC Student Chapter by interviewing and training a new executive board to continue the growth of the club on campus as she graduates this semester. Lamb’s commitment to the AATCC Student Chapter has been an integral component in the development of the outstanding stature and positive reputation the club holds within the College of Human Sciences.
Government College University Faisalabad
Zanobia Mehreen is a Chemistry major at Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan and is the student chapter awardee. She is an active member of the AATCC-GCUF Chapter. She is one of the most talented students of the group, who has a keen interest in the use of her inorganic chemistry knowledge in textile dyeing. She has also participated in the First International Conference On Applied Chemical, Biological and Aquatic Sciences (ICACBAS 2014). She has also participated in the GCUF-ASM One Day Biosafety Workshop 2015, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology
Mehreen is an active member of the AATCC-GCUP Chapter. As general secretary, she helped motivate students to join the group and in research activities. She also co-organized student trips to Harris Dyes and Chemicals Faisalabad, Pakistan, Noor Fatima Textile Faisalabad, Pakistan, as well as the Natural Dye Group in Lahore, Pakistan.
Recently, Mehreen began working on a research project on the use of radcure technology in developing cost-effective textile processing. The project was funded by the higher education commission of Pakistan under the mentorship of Shahid Adeel, lecturer of Chemistry at the Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan, and the AATCC Student Chapter advisor.
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) student chapter award winner is Kay Adams, a major in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)/Technology & Management/Polymer and Fiber Materials. She has excelled in the Polymer & Fiber Materials Concentration of Georgia Tech’s MSE program. Through active class engagement and leadership, she has encouraged other students to understand topics on a deeper level.
As a freshman, Adams worked in Zhong Lin Wang’s lab full time assisting in nanoresearch. This experience resulted in a publication at the age of nineteen. Additionally, she has displayed excellent aptitude and time management by balancing a challenging curriculum while being a student athlete on the Georgia Tech Dance Team. Minoring in the prestigious Technology & Management program has allowed Adams further connections with the textiles industry and a deeper understanding of how textiles companies succeed in business. All of these achievements have culminated in internships at the Boeing Co., Kimberly-Clark Corp., and Alcoa.
Adams has played a crucial role in improving the Materials Science and Engineering program at Georgia Tech. As a freshman she was selected to be a founding member of the MSE Undergraduate Advisory Council. On this council, Adams met with the External Advisory Board on multiple occasions and provided valuable advice on how to improve the MSE program. Adams acts as a liaison between students, faculty, and the administration to share ideas and goals to better the school. Additionally, Adams regularly meets with potential students to share her experiences at Georgia Tech and the opportunities in MSE. She has also helped in recruiting by filming for videos posted on the MSE website and other promotional materials. All of these actions have helped to grow the size and improve the quality of the MSE School at Georgia Tech.
NED University of Engineering and Technology
NED University of Engineering and Technology’s student chapter award winner is Muhammad Abbas Salehi who majored in Textile Engineering and is considered in the top 10% of the class. He took courses in Manufacturing Processes, Machine Design, Transport Phenomenon, and Textile Production Management, in which he performed very well in both theoretical and practical aspects. He demonstrated good concepts, problem solving, and analytical roots. His final year design project was titled “Evaluation of performance of various color difference formulae for standard batch pairs corresponding to 1/25 and 1/12 standard depth surfaces”. According to his advisor, this project was one of the best projects in the class. Salehi lead the project team very well, completed the project on time, and received outstanding marks.
Salehi has been a member of the AATCC NED Chapter for the past two years. In 2015, he was elected as the treasurer of the chapter and maintained the finances of the chapter. In 2014, he acted as deputy to the NED Chapter General Secretary. During his tenure, he worked along with his team and organized various events including Career Seminar 2014 and 2015, Printing Exhibition in 2015, and a visit at Dar-ul-Sakon (charitable institution for disabled people) in 2015. He gets along with his team and faculty advisors very well. He has always been the forefront in taking responsibility and managing events.
Philadelphia University’s Student Chapter award winner is Lauren Buckley, a Textile Design major. Buckley demonstrated a thirst for learning and strong academic skills. She is organized and has excellent time-management skills. She often mentors other students in her classes. Her performance in the Color, Dyeing & Finishing class was recognized by her professor. Buckley is a very active member of the Philadelphia University and Textile community. She volunteered her time working with Langhorne Carpet Co. in their booth at the Philadelphia Flower show, teaching children how to weave. Buckley also volunteered on a sustainable, recycled woven installation project, in which a variety of repurposed items were incorporated into the design. Buckley was selected as one of three Textile Design students to participate in the 2016 Handweavers Guild of America Designers Challenge, where she will collaborate with Fashion Design students. She spent a semester abroad studying at Central Saint Martins and had an internship working with an artist/knit studio. In addition, Buckley served as Secretary of the Phi Psi Alpha chapter fall 2015 and she currently serves as Treasurer and Secretary this semester (spring 2016).
University of California, Davis
Ysabel Feliix is the student chapter awardee for the University of California, Davis. Feliix took rigorous physical science courses, including one year of calculus, physics, and chemistry, as well as textile science courses. She was on the Dean’s Honors list for two quarters and is a recipient of the Captain John Spencer scholarship. Feliix is a lead peer adviser for UCal Davis’ undergraduate Textiles and Clothing major. She has taken initiative in developing communication tools for students to construct their own study plans and in coordinating with other students on a visual communication project to highlight careers in the textile and apparel industry.
University of Delaware
Lexis Kambour is the AATCC Student Chapter Award winner at the University of Delaware. She is a fashion merchandising major and journalism minor. Kambour not only excels academically at the University of Delaware, but has demonstrated ability to compete nationally, as a recipient of two YMA-FSF US$5,000 scholarships in 2014 and 2016, as well as the National Retail Foundation Ray Greenly Scholarship in 2015. She has a special interest in research on 3D printing, and enjoys the challenge of case studies because they require analysis and problem solving skills to develop solutions to complex situations. She has a passion for all aspects of textiles and apparel and constantly strives to expand her knowledge through her activities in the AATCC student chapter at the University of Delaware and her travel study in Hong Kong and China.
Kambour has demonstrated herself as a leader at the University of Delaware. She currently serves as president of two student organizations. As president of the Student Chapter of AATCC, Kambour is constantly encouraging other students to become involved as AATCC members. She has been instrumental in developing new program ideas and other activities for a growing AATCC Student Chapter. She is also the editor of UDress magazine, the largest student-run fashion club on campus. As president of these two organizations, Kambour has shown herself as an effective leader with the ability to think strategically, and to motivate and encourage others to participate. In addition, she has a strong record of community service and was a real ambassador during her travel study to Hong Kong and China.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison student chapter award winner Andrew Trester is a Design Studies, Textile and Fashion major. Trester is an impressive student with innovative ideas and a commitment to process and craft. For his senior thesis, he is investigating sustainability in fashion by researching how organic and locally sourced materials can play a central role in his senior thesis collection. He designed and created five pieces that reflect both the beauty of the materials and a refined classic style. He sourced, processed, naturally dyed, stitched, and tanned all of the materials himself. The wool he used in the sweater of his collection came from local alpaca fiber that he handspun. Even more impressively, Trester sourced a hide from a local tannery and taught himself how to naturally tan the leather, researching best methods and historic techniques. Trester is an exceptional student and designer whose work illustrates new ideas of the role of the fashion designer to be committed to sustainable textile practices and responsible design.
Trester taught himself many of the processes he incorporated into his senior thesis collection. He has given back to the school by presenting his process research and offering to teach and share his knowledge with other students. He has kept an active blog that illustrates his process of learning these techniques and he has visited several classes both in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Design Studies, Textile and Fashion program and at other schools, such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to present his unique experience of locally sourcing, processing, and designing all of the pieces in his collection. Andrew is an exceptional student that has served as a role model for many of the younger students coming into the program. You can read Andrew Trester’s Process Blog at www.regalstandard.tumblr.com
University of Rhode Island
Taylor Hall is the student chapter award winner for the University of Rhode Island. She is a Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design major and has minors in Business and Public Relations. She studied abroad and has posted a blog entry to the AATCC Blog. Read about her adventures here
Virginia Tech’s student chapter awardee is Amanda Locke, who is a Fashion Merchandising and Design major. Since transferring to Virginia Tech in the fall of 2013, Locke has made Dean’s List every semester. Due to her instant academic success upon transferring, she was recognized by and initiated into the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, which acknowledges transfer students for their ability to adjust to and flourish in the university curriculum. As Locke continued through her college career and up kept her GPA, she was invited to join University Honors, which recognizes students of exceptional abilities and challenges motivated students to unleash their full educational potential.
Since the fall of 2013, Locke has been an active member of the Fashion Merchandising and Design Society, a student-run organization at Virginia Tech that focuses on all things fashion. She has served on the executive team of the organization as one of the two Fashion Show Coordinators, and is now currently the President of the society. During the 2014 spring semester, Locke was a teacher’s assistant for the Introduction to Textiles course. The professor of the course, Jessie Chen-Yu, invited her to serve as one of the teaching assistants because of her outstanding performance in the course the previous semester. As a teaching assistant, Locke advised and provided assistance to students during lab time, as well as conducted study groups outside of the lab. She has also been a member of the AATCC Student Chapter at Virginia Tech since the fall of 2014.