Panel Discussion: International Test Methods and Best Practices in Developing Internal Standards for Textiles

This panel session brings together three thought leaders from the textiles industry for discussion on issues related international test methods and best practices in developing internal standards for textiles. 

Diana Wyman: Executive Vice President of AATCC, a professional association and standards development organization for the global textile industry. A self-proclaimed textile nerd, Diana has been involved in all aspects of textile testing—from managing a contract lab to developing specifications for a retail brand. She participates in the standards development process as both staff and volunteer for AATCC as well as textile-related committees of ASTM, IEC, IPC, and ISO.

Haskell Beckham: Senior Director of Innovation at Columbia Sportswear Company. Dr. Beckham joined Columbia after 5 years at Exponent, a leading scientific and engineering consulting firm, and 20 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he taught courses in chemistry, textiles, and materials, and led a research program focused on the development and evaluation of polymers and textiles. He earned a B.S. in Textile Chemistry from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from MIT.

Nancy PeBenito: consultant based in Portland, Oregon. The majority of her career has been with apparel performance and fashion brands in quality, testing and standards management at companies such as Patagonia, Talbots, and Nike. Nancy provides technical expertise to a wide range of brands, from small start-ups to large, global companies. Her consultancy focuses on materials and products with an emphasis on standards, compliance and labeling.

The panel is moderated by Adam Harris, Managing Director of C-Therm Technologies Ltd.


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