Graduate Student Takes Second Place for Research on How to Make Uniform Work Shirts Comfortable
Ifat Alam explores how uniforms should provide functionality, durability, comfort, and safety
Mohammad Iftekharul (Ifat) Alam, a graduate student in the Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology program took second place in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition. His paper and oral presentation titled “Effect of Different Finishing Methods on the Thermal Comfort of Uniform Work-Shirts,” was presented on October 6, 2022, at the 2022 AATCC Textile Discovery Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Student papers were judged on the basis of originality, scientific value, practical value, and presentation. After a review of all research paper submissions, the jury selected the top 5 candidates to move forward with an oral presentation consisting of a 15-minute presentation of their paper on-site at the Textile Discovery Summit. Ifat’s presentation examined the effects of different finishes on the thermal comfort of uniform work shirts. The work shirts he tested were supplied by Cintas, a corporate partner with the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology, a research and design facility located on Central Michigan University’s campus.
AATCC’s Textile Discovery Summit is an annual event dedicated to providing a platform for the textile community to learn and interact together. The event features educational presentations from industry leaders and academic experts, professional networking, and information on the latest in the global textile industry.