AATCC presents paper of the Year Award
Mark Ackerman, Jane Batcheller, and Stephen Paskaluk are the newest recipients of the J. William Weaver Paper of the Year Award. Their paper entitled, “Off Gas Measurements from FR Materials Exposed to a Flash Fire,” was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the AATCC Journal of Research. The award was recently presented at AATCC’s International Conference by the Publications Committee. In 1990, the award was named for J. William Weaver, who was chair of the AATCC editorial board at the time of his death
Stephen Paskaluk received his Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering, and has performed graduate coursework in heat conduction and combustion. His undergraduate coursework involved heat transfer and fluid mechanics. He is currently a research engineer in the Protective Clothing and Equipment Research Facility at the University of Alberta.
Jane Batcheller received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Alberta. She received her Master of Arts and PhD in Philosophy and in Archaeological Textiles from the University of Manchester. She currently serves on the faculty of Textile and Apparel Science in the Department of Human Ecology and as faculty with Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. She is also the principal investigator of the Protective Clothing and Equipment Research Facility (PCERF) located at the University of Alberta.
Mark Ackerman received his Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, and has served a project engineer in the department of Mechanical Engineering Flash Fire Facility. He is currently an adjunct professor with the Mechanical Engineering department, and also serves as president and owner of MYAC Consulting Inc.
Over the years, Weaver award-winning papers have covered a variety of topics, including antimicrobial textiles, colour measurement and calculation, computer technology, exhaust dyeing, fibre-surface modification, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide bleaching, indigo dyeing, jet dyeing, metal content, recycling, soil release finishes, vacuum slot extraction, and yellowing.