Awards

AATCC Future Leaders Award presented to Heather Shields

The AATCC Future Leaders Award was presented to Heather Shields on April 11, 2019 at the International Conference held in Fort Worth, TX, USA. The Future Leaders Award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC. Award recipients are determined by each AATCC Interest Group.

Heather Shields

Shields currently is Manager of Materials Concepts Testing at adidas. Prior to adidas, Shields worked as a testing and standards engineer at Patagonia Inc., and a materials lab specialist at Pearl Izumi. Shields earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University in 2007 and a BA in Apparel and Textile Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2012. She is currently attending Arizona State University, pursuing an MS in Biomimicry.

Shields joined AATCC in 2012. She currently serves as regional board member of the Northwest Region, and in this capacity, serves on the AATCC Board of Directors. She is also on the Committee on Conferences, Technical Committee on Research, and Membership Committee. She chairs the Global Sustainability Technology Research Committee and is secretary of the Evaluation of Materials and Products for End Use Performance Research Committee. She also serves on the following test method committees: International Test Methods; Interaction of Dyes and Finishes; Colorfastness to Water; Dimensional Change; Lightfastness and Weathering; Colorfastness to Washing; Water Resistance, Absorbency & Wetting Agent Evaluation; Printing Technology; Home Laundering Technology; and Garment Wet Processing Technology.

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

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J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award

Ҫiğdem Akduman, Pamukkale University; E. Perrin Akçakoca Kumbassar, and Işik Özgüney, Ege University are the recipients of the J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award for their paper “Development and Characterization of Naproxen-Loaded Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanofibers Crosslinked with Polycarboxylic Acids,” published in AATCC Journal of Research in 2018.

 Ҫiğdem Akduman is assistant professor in the Department of Textile Technology at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey. She received her BS, MSC, and PhD in Textile Engineering from Ege University. She worked as a Director of Fabric Marketing at Gamteks Tekstil from 2003 until 2010, then as a research assistant at Ege University until 2013, where she became a lecturer and assistant professor at Pamukkale University. She received a bronze medal at the 3rd Istanbul International Inventions Fair in 2018 for presenting Heel Apparatus Having Nanofiber Surface and a Method Related to the Production of Mentioned Nanofiber Surface. Adkuman has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter and made presentations at international meetings.  

E. Perrin Akçakoca Kumbasar is a professor in the Department of Textile Engineering and Department of Textile Technology at Ege University, and currently heads the Department of Textile Engineering. She received her BS, MSc, and PhD from the Department of Textile Engineering at Ege University. Kumbasar has authored and co-authored 29 papers in international journals and two papers in national journals. She has made numerous presentations. She co-authored one textbook, and authored another, and has published three book chapters.

Işik Özgüney is professor in the Pharmaceutical Technology Department and serves on the faculty of Pharmacy at Ege University. She received her BPharm, MSc, and PhD at Ege University Faculty of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology Department. She has authored and co-authored 23 papers, made numerous national and international presentations, and authored two book chapters.

The AATCC Publications Committee presents the J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award to the author or authors of the best peer reviewed paper published in the AATCC Journal of Research each year. In 1990, the award was named for J. William Weaver, who was chair of the AATCC editorial board at the time of his death. The award includes a framed certificate signed by the AATCC president and the Publications Committee chair. It is presented at AATCC’s International Conference during the Awards Luncheon. For a list of past award recipients, visit www.aatcc.org/abt/awards/weaver/j-william-weaver-paper-of-the-year-award-winners/  

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world. 

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