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 recipient with a certificate, a copy of the 2017 AATCC Technical Manual, and a copy of the book Color Vision and Technology. Awardees also receive one year of free Membership in AATCC as they start their careers.

Clemson University

Clemson University’s awardee, Kristin Fuller, is majoring in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and minoring in Chemistry with a Polymeric Materials concentration. She has earned an excellent overall GPA and was named on the president’s list for having a perfect 4.00 GPA for four of the seven semesters she has completed. The other three semesters she was named to the Dean’s List. She is a member of the Calhoun Honors College and a National Scholar. Fuller has been very active in research, working with Thompson Mefford for the past three years and authoring two research publications. Fuller is also an active member of Phi Psi, the National Textiles Honor Fraternity, and serves as the merchandise chair. She has served as a College Ambassador for the past two years, working to help recruit top quality student to Clemson and MSE. She is currently the captain of the Clemson University Ethics Bowl Team, qualifying and competing in the National Ethics Bowl competitions. She has also served as the departmental representative on the College Student Advisory Board.





Central Michigan University

The Central Michigan University Student Chapter awardee is Erika Lamfers, a fashion merchandising major in the Fashion Merchandising and Design program. She is also minoring in Marketing. In the summer of 2017, she studied abroad to broaden her horizons. Lamfers has been part of the AATCC student chapter at Central Michigan University as member, vice-president, and president. One of her key contributions was to increase dwindling membership numbers. She has also mobilized the membership through a variety of activities. She organized both professional and social events for the local chapter. Additionally, she served as Vice-President of another student organization, FAMD (Fashion Association of Merchandising and Design). She has consistently participated in volunteer activities. She is a well-rounded student who is academically strong and extracurricular involved.


Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Student Chapter award recipient is Chloe Klein, who is majoring in Textile Development and Marketing. Klein has a passion for textiles and her grades show this. She is an energetic student who is interested in textile formation, and how the industry can be more sustainable while bringing new and better products to market. Klein is a very active student. She is the president of the AATCC student chapter, and works with the registrar’s office giving tours of FIT to prospective students. She also participates in the New York City (NYC) breast cancer walk every year, where she helps blind people participate in the walk. She is a runner who also helps the blind in the NYC marathon. She is an all-around leader.






Florida State University

Florida State University’s (FSU) Student Chapter awardee is Amanda Burch. Burch is a graduating senior in the Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development program. Her academic achievements speak for themselves with a near perfect GPA. Meredith McQuerry, faculty advisor and professor of Burch says, “I can attest to her hard work and excellence in the classroom.” Burch also has extensive retail experience, including a management internship with Nordstrom. She continues to develop her leadership skills by attending training and conferences. She was the recipient of the Target Funds for Excellence scholarship and named the top salesperson during her Nordstrom internship. Burch is currently serving as the AATCC chapter president and has been an active member of the FSU AATCC Chapter. She was the coordinator of a highly-successful sustainable fashion show during the fall 2017 semester. She exhibits excellent team work, communication, and problem-solving skills as witnessed both in class and during AATCC events.




Govt. College University Faisalabad

The Govt. College University, Faisalabad, Student Chapter Award recipient is Muhammad Abdul Mustaan, a Textile Dyeing major who is conducting research on natural dyeing and the role of bio-mordants in the dyeing process. He has an excellent command of natural colorant extraction, dyeing, mordanting, and the evaluation of dyed fabrics. He has explored new ways of extraction of colorants from new dye-yielding plants and their application on natural fabrics. He also has submitted a book chapter on animal-based natural colorants, which will be published by Wiley-Scrivener. Mustaan has participated in many international conferences, seminars, and symposia. He is the group leader of other students who are working on eco-friendly textiles, and has a keen interest in guiding new students to perform experiments and managing a lab. He has guided many students during textile industry visits to Noor Fatima Fabrics, Harris Dyes, Chemicals Faisalabad Pakistan, and others. He always tries to do academic research as well co-curricular activities under the guidance of senior members.




NED University of Engineering and Technology

The NED University Student Chapter Award recipient is Arslan Mumtaz, who completed his Bachelors in Textile Engineering and successfully graduated in January 2018. Prior to that, Mumtaz completed his intermediate level education in pre-Engineering with A grade from Karachi Board of Intermediate Education. During his four years at NED University, Mumtaz performed consistently in all courses, securing good grades, and pleasing his teachers with his aptitude for learning and his presentation skills. Always eager to learn, Mumtaz was regularly present during industrial visits and attentive during lab demonstrations. Mumtaz also completed a mandatory internship during his third year at Amna Textiles in the departments of Spinning and Wet Processing. During his final year, he worked on a final project, titled, “Development of Smart Shirt to Measure Body’s Vital Signs Using Textile Sensors.” Mumtaz became a member of the AATCC NED Student Chapter during his first year and remained a member throughout his time at University. Serving the chapter as volunteer in his first year, he was later promoted to Deputy of Graphics for his aptitude with all things graphics-related, including poster making, photo editing, and video making. Mumtaz also received the Best Deputy of the Year in 2016 for his services to the chapter. He was a part of the organizing team for events such as the NED International Textile Conference in 2014 and 2016, as well as the Career Seminars held in 2014, 2015, and 2016. His impressive team leadership skills and his unrelenting service to the chapter, allowed him to become the President of AATCC NED Chapter. During his term as President, Mumtaz successfully ran the chapter and played a vital role in organizing the 2017 Career Seminar and other events under the banner of AATCC.


Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson’s Student Chapter awardee is Devon Willard. She is a Textile Materials Technology major. Willard is an outstanding student, as shown not only by her GPA, but by the fact that she tutors upper level courses such as Textile Materials, Knit Technology II, and Dyeing & Finishing. Willard is also a member of the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society. Willard has served as the AATCC Student Chapter Secretary for the 2016-2017 academic year, and she currently serves as the Vice President for the chapter.  Willard has worked at gaining new membership through discussing the advantages of student membership at the University Open House events, as well as the University Activities Fair, which occurs at the beginning of each academic year. She attends AATCC Student Chapter and AATCC Delaware Valley Local Section sponsored events. Willard is the recipient of the AATCC Delaware Valley Scholarship award for the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 academic years.





University of California, Davis

The Student Chapter awardee for the University of California, Davis, is Takaki Sibuya, a Fiber and Polymer Science Senior with a very strong physical science background. In addition to taking the same math, physics, and chemistry classes as engineering students, and a full year of organic chemistry and physical chemistry like the chemistry and chemical engineering students, he also took all the polymer chemistry, polymer physics, and textile science courses. His performance in textile science courses are among the upper third in the highly demanding chemical and polymer materials science classes. He has been working on his senior thesis in fiber spinning of biopolymers since last Fall. Thus far, he has conducted dissolution of cellulose acetate and polyhydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV) and has begun to electrospin both polymers individually and as mixtures. He understands the concepts well and quickly and has learned and performed experimental procedures diligently. University of California, Davis, faculty advisor You-Lo Hseih says, “One of my postdocs who has observed him over the past three plus months commented him to be an excellent experimentalist. I expect Mr. Sibuya to produce fibers for further characterization using optimical microscopy, differential calorimetry, and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, all of which he learned last quarter. I also have plans for him to learn atomic force microscopy next quarter. He is interested in novel fiber development for textiles.” Sibuya has participated in AATCC student chapter gatherings as well as other student functions. He is easy going and always willing to be part of team activities.


University of Delaware

The Student Chapter Award at the University of Delaware (UD) goes to Taylor Pearlstein. As a Dean’s Scholar at UD, Pearlstein developed and proposed her own academic course of study based on her specific interests in textiles, art, fashion, science, and anthropology. Less than 5% of all undergraduates at UD receive the status of Dean’s Scholar. Pearlstein has conducted research at the Winterthur Museum’s Scientific Research and Analysis Lab, studying fabrics from the eighteenth-century to analyze textile dyes using a variety of methods. She has also completed research at UD’s Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, creating garments for individuals in physical therapy—and her research team currently has a provisional patent. Pearlstein was nominated as a 2016 UD Woman of Promise. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and was nominated by UD to apply for the Marshall and Fulbright Scholarships. Following graduation, she will enter the Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University College of London in the UK. Pearlstein has actively served her school and the student chapter of AATCC. She is a Blue Hen Ambassador, which involves giving tours to prospective students and speaking on panels about the Honors Program. She has also performed in a variety of dance and theatre groups for the local community and volunteered with UD’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection for the past four years. She has taught elementary school students at the Salvation Army in their Fantastic Friday’s education programs. Pearlstein has also been a leader in the UD AATCC Student Chapter. When she first joined the AATCC Student Chapter, she held the office of parliamentarian, and helped to launch the “Fashioning Innovation Program,” which connected science and innovation in textiles. She is now the president of the AATCC Student Chapter and has worked to improve the chapter’s programming, such as a workshop on 3D printing, and to expand the outreach of the organization to individuals in other STEM majors, such as engineering and chemistry.


University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sage Conrad is the Student Chapter Award recipient for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Conrad has been an exceptional student in the Textile and Fashion Design program. Conrad has a well-developed skill set and continues to improve and hone new skills and knowledge. One example that typifies Conrad’s leadership as a designer and student is when she independently pursued working with a professor on a product development project where she used what she learned in a Sustainable Practices class. She took her skill sets as a maker of both cloth and handbags to make three prototypes from paper made in Ghana as part of research by Professor Mary Hark. Conrad’s designs then traveled to Kumasi Ghana and Johannesburg South Africa where they were critiqued by design students and faculty. The designs, after incorporating some suggested changes, are now being considered for production back in Kumasi. Conrad has proved herself as a leader in the university by being an outstanding student in the classroom. Also, Conrad has an incredible work ethic. For one project in weaving she decided she wanted to do a small production run of some ikat hand woven fabric of twelve yards. Not only did she complete this incredibly difficult task, she also designed and constructed a handbag with the hand-woven and -dyed material. Other students look to Conrad for advice, and faculty enjoy working with her because she is such an eager and active student with attention to detail and a commitment to craft. She participates in all the opportunities in the department, from a Student Work Showcase to the Fashion Show pop up shop.


University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas, Austin, Student Chapter awardee, Chelsea Zirag, is pursuing a BSA in Human Ecology (Textiles and Apparel-Design concentration) and an Art History minor. She has been an incredibly involved student and she has always taken additional steps to enhance her knowledge. Currently she is taking an independent study where she is doing research on embroidery and how to take it further. She has been very involved with the AATCC Student Chapter since the chapter’s founding. She hasn’t missed a single meeting and has collaborated with students to participate in competitions and organize all the chapter events.







Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Student Chapter awardee is Kaley Roshitsh, who is majoring in Fashion Merchandising & Design and minoring in Consumer Studies. Always showing a top work ethic, Roshitsh is engaged in her coursework, having made the Dean’s List every semester, and is constantly carving out new opportunities in her outside activities. Two notable achievements include founding the chapter of Her Campus at Virginia Tech while launching her own digital magazine, exploring thrift culture, titled ThriftEd Mag.  She also had a merchandising internship in non-apparel goods at Moda Operandi during the summer of 2016. In the summer of 2017, Roshitsh had a styling internship at George Cortina Inc., and held a pattern-making internship at Henry Cowit and Madison Ave Furs. Roshitsh is responsible for maintaining the AATCC Student Chapter at Virginia Tech. She is also a strong advocate for new innovations on campus. Having designed in the annual spring fashion show at Virginia Tech each year, from freshman to senior year, Kaley has guided the creative use of textiles through using recycled materials and deadstock fabrics. In her Junior year, she was chosen as the Fan Favorite Designer. She has served as a TA in a textiles laboratory course and served in costume display and visual merchandising for the department.

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