AATCC Launches Student Competition

The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
(AATCC) and its Materials Interest Group have launched the fifth annual Materials Competition for
undergraduate and graduate students. The competition is designed to encourage new product
development based on materials design. This year’s focus areas are Industrial/Technical and Sports
Materials; Medical and Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices; and
Smart/Electronic/Optoelectronic and Nano-fibrous materials.

Feb. 15, 2010, is the deadline for preliminary design proposals. Final material products or
device designs, including a text proposal and digital poster on CD, are due April 20. In each
competition area, winning entries will receive $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place.
Winners will be announced by June 1.

AATCC also has announced its annual textile and product design competition, sponsored by its
Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C) interest group and open to all AATCC student members. The theme of this
year’s contest is “Summer Bling.” Students should submit pool and beachwear designs for swimwear,
cover-ups, totes, hats and other articles that include 3-D embellishments using a color palette
from the Pantone® View Colour Planner Summer 2010 ‘magic.’ Entries must be received on CD by Dec.
15, 2009. The first-place winners in each category will recieve $1,000 and a copy of Pantone’s
Cotton Passport; second-place winners will receive $500. Winners will be announced March 18, 2010.

To view complete guidelines for both competitions, along with entry forms and student
membership applications, visit

August 18, 2009