2017 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. This year AATCC presented each chapter award winner with a certificate, a copy of the 2016 AATCC Technical Manual, 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 Yang Yang, majoring in Apparel Merchandising and Management/Production/Design. Yang has received scholarships for “outstanding achievement” from his department for the past two years, and he has been on the Dean’s List several times. Yang designed a bag and logo for “AM2”, the apparel line created by the senior production class in the AMM department, and was the line supervisor of that class. Yang helped the production class by utilizing his own connections in Los Angeles and China. He sourced the printing company, garment manufacturing, and many materials overseas including the labels, patches, zippers, and straps. In addition, he helped with spreading and cutting fabrics, and even helped the team who sewed the whole bag. The AM2 bag sold out in the bookstore of CPP, and the funds helped the next senior production class.

Yang is one of the founding members of the AATCC Student Chapter. In 2015, Yang was the “Art Director,” and created the chapter’s logo and all the flyers for the chapter’s events and meetings. Yang had successfully registered the student chapter as an official club at Cal Poly Pomona after he became the president this year. In October, Yang organized the members to set up a booth at “Pumpkin Festival.” The event helped the student club raise funds. Moreover, he helped our student chapter receive US$680 of funding from the university.

Yang has designed prints, the AMM graduation T-shirt, and the AMM 20th anniversary alumni T-shirt for the school. Moreover, Yang worked with the professor who teaches the senior production classes to help other students learn better.


Central Michigan University

Celeste Hay, a double major in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a Fashion Design Concentration and French, is the student chapter award winner for Central Michigan University.

Hay is very strong academically. She is a nominee for the Fullbright Research Study Grant to France. As an undergraduate student, she has made research presentations at AATCC’s International Conference as well as at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition (SRCEE) at CMU.

Hay is an Honors student and has won several academic awards. She has studied abroad for one semester and has actively participated in several academic and extracurricular activities. She was selected for a Provost’s award for scholarship and creative endeavors.

She is an exceptional student who is well-rounded academically. Additionally, she is a natural leader who takes time to explore and avail opportunities that knock on her door. Hay has participated in several extracurricular activities since she joined CMU. Her professional and service involvement includes AATCC member and President of the AATCC Student Chapter for two years, a member of Honors Outreach Network, and Class-IRA, Pen Pal Partner, Tutor, member and fund raising chair for FAMD (student organization), and Member of Pi Delta Phi (French Honors Society). She also offered her services to First Impressions and The Bride’s Project. She has also been member and President of Le Circle Francais. She has served as a student member to several university bodies such as Honors Council, Honors Diversity Taskforce, and Universite Catholique de l’Quest. In addition, she has been a mentor for CMYou, library ambassador, and Volunteer Reach Advisor. She served as French and English tutor and student assistant for various institutes and faculty on campus.

Faculty Advisor Usha Chowdhary says “As advisor, I am in awe. I have not had a student in my over-40 years’ career who has accomplished so much in such little time. She is a doer and does not make excuses. She will be an excellent candidate for this recognition.”


Clemson University

Graham Boatwright a Materials Science & Engineering major with a Polymeric Materials concentration, and a minors in both Chemistry and Business Administration, is the Student Chapter Awardee for Clemson University. He does excellent work in academics and laboratory work. He was named to the Dean’s List both semesters of Freshman Year, and to the President’s List (perfect 4.0) every semester since.

Boatwright also completed a full Co-op with Shaw Nylon as an undergraduate researcher in computational polymer science, completing a double minor. He is also an active member of Phi Psi Textile Honorary Fraternity, a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and helped organize Homecoming events and industry tours.


Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Student Chapter Award winner is Carolina Castillo Paredes, a Textile Development and Marketing major, and Ethics and Sustainability Minor. During her time as an undergraduate student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Paredes has maintained a GPA above 3.0.

Meanwhile, she has been working at a very demanding job in the fashion industry for the past three years. It has been a challenge to balance work, study, and services, but she still achieved a GPA of 4.0 for one semester. As the president of the AATCC Student Chapter at FIT, Paredes works closely with other club officers and the faculty advisors to plan activities for the club. These activities included the participation in the club fairs to recruit new club members, fundraising, field trips, and invitation of industry guest speakers to speak to the club members and students at the Fashion Institute of Technology. During these activities, Carolina demonstrated great leadership, teamwork, spirit, and professional dedication.


Florida State University

Eliza Mosman, a Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development major and Business minor, is Florida State University’s (FSU) Student Chapter awardee.

Mosman is the current president of the FSU student chapter of AATCC. She has done a tremendous job to breathe life back into the club. Last year, the club had a total of 10 recognized members and this year the club has 41 members who have officially registered with AATCC. Mosman is the leading force behind this growth. She has refocused the club, provided new opportunities for members, arranged speakers, and organized a club trip to the Atlanta Apparel Mart. All of this has been accomplished since taking office in August.

Beyond acting as club president, Mosman is a Mock Interview Mentor at the FSU Career Center. She helps students prepare for job interviews by coaching them through the interview process. Additionally, this past spring Eliza was a member of the FSU Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition. Out of 72 teams, Eliza’s team won second place. This was a huge accomplishment and the department was extremely proud to have Mosman represent FSU at Kohl’s corporate headquarters, where the finalists presented in front of 500 Kohl’s corporate executives.


Govt. College University Faisalabad Pakistan

The Student Chapter award recipient for the Govt. College University Faisalabad Pakistan is Sana Rafi. She is an Applied Chemistry/Color Chemistry major. Rafi is the most talented, hardworking, and intelligent member of AATCC-GCUF chapter. She knows her job well and has a good command over her research area. Her research area is irradiation of natural dyes, their extraction, and dyeing methods. Her writing skills regarding research papers and book chapters is outstanding. She has written five chapters and three more chapters are in process. Her research skills are reflected in these chapters written at an international level.

Rafi has participated in writing book chapters at the international level under the umbrella of AATCC-GCUF using AATCC’s membership and article search archive. She also encourages other AATCC members and provides a competitive atmosphere for other members in the research lab to explore their research skills.


North Carolina State University

Kayla Messier, a Polymer and Color Chemistry Major at North Carolina State University (NCSU), is the Student Chapter Award recipient for NCSU. Messier has done well in a very demanding Polymer & Color Chemistry curriculum. She is very keen on not missing classes or laboratories, and her time management skills have allowed her do well academically while participating in extracurricular activities and a part-time job.

Messier has been very active in student organizations while at NCSU. The AATCC Student Chapter and Phi Psi Textile Fraternity are the two organizations where she has been most involved. Despite a very busy class schedule and her part-time job, she attends meeting regularly, participates in the events and activities for both organizations, and even held the position of Secretary within Phi Psi.


NED University of Engineering and Technology

Muhammad Ameen, the student chapter award recipient for NED University, did his bachelors in Textile Engineering and is considered among the top 10 students of the class. He demonstrated good concepts in courses such as Machine Design, Engineering Mechanics, and Textile Production Management. His final year design project was titled “Utilization of Weaving Waste in Order to Develop Valuable Products.”

Ameen is always at the forefront in completing tasks on time and completing projects with good grades. He completed three high profile internships in different fields such as Spinning, Denim, and Wet Processing.

Ameen has been serving the AATCC NED Chapter for the last four years. He was the class representative of the chapter in the first two years of his academics and carried out the promotions of different chapter activities. Due to his efforts, he was able to get the highest number of AATCC NED Student Chapter memberships from his class. In his third year, he served as the deputy of Events and Planning and helped in organizing different events throughout the year. In his final year, he served the AATCC NED Chapter as the Vice-President and demonstrated his ability to implement new ideas and promote teamwork. He is also the President of iMentor (Youth Development Forum) which provides a platform to students for their career guidance. He demonstrated his sports skills during his stay at the department and was captain of the departmental cricket team.


Philadelphia University

Alison Ervin, a Textile Design student at Philadelphia University is the Student Chapter awardee. Ervin has outstanding academic ability. She is a leader in her classes, often helping others to understand material and complete assignments. Ervin has received Dean’s List academic ranking for Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Spring 2016 semesters.

Ervin has been active this year in assisting the PhilaU AATCC Student Chapter become more active. She is committed to spreading the word about AATCC and its value. She is a great member of the Textile community on campus. She offers tours to prospective students, works Open House events, and meets with prospective students to discuss PhilaU’s Textile Design program. Ervin spent a semester studying abroad in Scotland. She regularly shares her Textile experience during presentations to lower level students in the program. She was a recipient of a 2016 AATCC Delaware Valley Section Scholarship award for her outstanding academic performance.


University of Delaware

The University of Delaware (UD) Student Chapter Award recipient is Maya Rochefort, a double major in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising and a double minor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Studies. She has a GPA of 3.5, despite her challenging courseload. She has studied in Hong Kong, China, and Italy and her apparel designs have won several awards in competition with her peers.

Rochefort has worked with various other student clubs on campus to forge deeper partnerships with other groups to help to grow the student chapter of AATCC. As president of the student chapter of AATCC at the University of Delaware, she has worked to increase membership by planning various events to raise the awareness of the AATCC student chapter. She helped develop and host the regional AATCC meeting at UD in Fall 2016 and even invited members from other nearby schools to attend. She is planning a field trip to Under Armour in Spring 2017. She conceived of and is in charge of planning the first Technical Textiles symposium to show how to bridge the gap between fashion and technology. This event is planned to take place in Spring 2017. She has been extremely helpful in working to show the interaction between textiles and apparel and is a passionate advocate for the AATCC student chapter.


Virginia Tech

Kara Heuple is majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a minor in Sociology, and is the Student Chapter Award recipient at Virginia Tech. Heuple has made Dean’s List every semester since the start of her college career. She was invited to be an editor for Philologia, Virginia Tech’s undergraduate research journal, two years ago. She joined the Golden Key National Honor Society in the Spring of 2014.

Heuple served as Vice-President for the AATCC Virginia Tech Student Chapter for two years before becoming President in the Fall of 2016. She has also served as a representative for the Fashion Merchandising and Design major as an Ambassador of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences for the past three years. She works on the recruitment team for the college, attending open houses and conducting tours with prospective students to not only educate them on what the department has to offer, but what the university has to offer as a whole. She also serves as an editor for Philologia, Virginia Tech’s undergraduate research journal. This year’s Philologia will be the second journal issue on which she has assisted.