Meredith McQuerry Meredith McQuerry an alumnus of the School of Human Environmental Sciences has won a professional award for her dedication to the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ Future Leaders Award recognizes promising young professionals like McQuerry who demonstrate leadership skills and have a history of service to AATCC or the greater textile and related industries.

McQuerry is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Retail Entrepreneurship Department at Florida State University. She has been a member of AATCC since 2012 when she graduated from UK with bachelor’s degrees in both Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles from UK and then a Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University.

“I nominated Meredith for the AATCC Future Leaders Award because she represents the characteristics of a true leader in academia. Her accomplishments far exceed the expectations of a junior faculty in teaching, research, and service,” said Dr. Elizabeth Easter, professor in the UK Department of Retailing and Tourism Management.

Dr. McQuerry shared, “The textiles program and facilities at UK, along with Dr. Easter’s excellent reputation, have provided me with many advantages towards my research and career success thus far. I will be forever grateful to the experiences I gained in the School of HES and College of Ag.”

Her commitment to her industry is evident in the $380,000 she has earned in research grants, the 12 journal articles she’s had published, and the seven manuscripts she has in preparation for submission. She also is a graduate advisor and an undergraduate mentor for students with research scholarships and grants.

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921.


Author: Alyssa Simms
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