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AATCC announces winners of Pitch It to Win It competition

Posted June 16, 2021


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – AATCC has announced the winners of the 2021 Pitch It to Win It Student Competition.


The Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Undergraduate Student Competition is intended to highlight projects conducted by students from all areas of the textile/apparel supply chain. Projects submitted may include academic research, technology and/or process investigations and literature reviews. This competition is designed to enhance the textile education experience for student members of AATCC. The intent is to encourage independent student projects both within the USA and internationally.


First Place ($1,000)

Sophia Luu


  • Project: Optimizing 3D Fashion Design Software for Physically Disabled Populations

  • Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design: Creative and Technical Design

  • School: Iowa State University


“The Pitch It to Win It competition has helped me learn how to communicate very discipline-specific research endeavors into accessible presentations that anyone can understand and glean significance from,” Luu said. “Additionally, this competition has further broadened my understanding of 3D fashion CAD systems and aspects that can be improved for inclusive apparel design purposes.”


Phase I Video Submission


Phase II Written Submission


Second Place ($600)

Jessica Trippiedi


  • Project: Huubi

  • School: Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Major: Textile Development & Marketing


“Participating in the AATCC Pitch It to Win It competition gave me the freedom to ignite my passions and challenged me to explore the limits of endless possibilities,” Trippiedi said.


Phase I Video Submission


Phase II Written Submission


Third Place ($400)

Brooke McKee


  • Project: BooRay Clo.

  • School: University of Missouri

  • Major: Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Product Development


“This competition taught me to be thorough in my work and to always back up my claims,” McKee said. “As the process went on, I learned more and more about sustainability, humbling me on the amount of information I thought I already knew.”


Phase I Video Submission


Phase II Written Submission



AATCC thanks the following developers and judges .Without their expertise and assistance, the Competition would not have been possible.


  • Kanti Jasani, Performance & Technical Textile Consulting

  • Kerry King, vice president, R&D at Spoonflower Inc

  • Janet Brady, associate professor, Materials Technology, Thomas Jefferson University

  • Martha Carper, retired, University of Delaware & DuPont

  • Nelson Houser, AATCC Board of Directors member

  • Roland Connelly, RoLyn Group Color Consultants

  • Ashley Handley, senior technical services specialist at UL Retail and Industry

  • Alissa Baier-Lentz, co-founder and COO at Kintra Fibers


Source: AATCC

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