The winners of the 2012 AATCC Materials Research Poster Competition have been selected. The competition aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. The three themes/categories of this year’s competition were: Industrial/Technical/Sports Materials, Medical/Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices, and Functional/Smart/Nano Materials.
This year’s winners:
- 1st place: Noise/Sound Reduction Boards for Student Housing, by Courtney Milliner, Joshua Cole, Elizabeth Brannon and Hannah Mangum of North Carolina State University
- 2nd place: Comparative Study for a Preventative Turf Toe Cleat, by Brittainy Krohn and Ugur Kolunsag of Philadelphia University
Medical/biomedical/protective materials and devices
- 1st place: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Regenerative Device, by Cameron Carter, Grace Ridge, Justin Myers and Brittany Knox of North Carolina State University
- 2nd place: Water Stable Plant Protein Film, from Camelina for Tissue Engineering by Yi Zhao and Qiuran Jiang of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- 1st place: Nanowire-Structured Based Hybrid Cell for Harvesting Solar and Mechanical Energies, by Chen Xu of Georgia Institute of Technology
- 2nd place: Effects of Long-term Chemical Treatment on the Electrical Resistance of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) on Textiles, by Christopher DiFranco and Jinlin Cai of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
All winning entries will receive cash awards of $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place in each category. The winners will also receive complimentary student registration(s) for the 2013 AATCC International Conference. To date, AATCC has awarded $17,000 in prizes to winners of the annual Materials Research Poster Competition.
AATCC also thanks the judges of this year’s competition:
Dr. Radhakrishnaiah Parachuru, Georgia Institute of Technology (PTFE Dept.); Robina Hogan, United Soybean Board/Hogan Consulting; Kanti Jasani, Performance and Technical Textile Consulting; and Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University (TIEH Dept.).
Photos of the winning entries are available on AATCC’s website.