Diana Wyman

Diana Wyman is 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 has participated in the standards development process as both staff and volunteer for AATCC as well as textile-related committees of ASTM, IEC, IPC, and ISO. Diana holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, and Business Administration.

David Clark

David Clark is a 1993 graduate in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University. After graduation he joined Cone Mills as a dye and printing chemist at their Carlisle Finishing plant and spent the next five years working in production and in the laboratory with both new product development and commission printing. In 1998, he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now Huntsman) as a Technical Representative for digital printing and has worked in the developing digital textile market since then in both technical and commercial roles.

Preston Aldridge

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B. S. Chemistry Graduate of the University of North Carolina – GO HEELS!

1961 – 1971: Burlington industries in various capacities involving research and development followed by management positions in manufacturing

1971 – 1983: The Bibb Company, Plant Manager and Director of R & D

1983 – 1993: United Merchants, EVAC, and Zima Corporation

1993 – Present: Ford, Trimble, and Associates, Inc. representing various machinery companies serving the textile, non-woven, and carpet industries

Don A. Alexander

Don Alexander is President of Anovotek, LLC an entrepreneurial company he founded in 2003. Anovotek is a science based, product oriented and market driven company focused on bringing exceptional value to customers through innovative performance technologies integrated into products made from fibers, polymers and textiles. Anovotek has worked with a broad variety of clients including single inventors, multi-billion/year revenue corporations, foundations, universities, and government organizations in over 20 countries. Anovotek continues to work with both international and domestic entities to develop, license and commercialize innovative technologies and products through consulting services, sourcing, manufacturing and Anovotek Brands sold direct-to-consumer.

Don received a B. S. in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University and a M. S. in Textiles from the Institute of Textile Technology.

Organizations and community service
Mr. Alexander has over 33 years of experience in textile and associated industries holding positions in R&D, Manufacturing Management, Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurial Company start-ups.

He is currently a Senior Member of AATCC, is a past member of the AATCC Foundation Board, past chair of the Environmental, Safety, and Health Committee RA-100 of AATCC, member of the University of Georgia AFFOA Advisory Board, Program Chair of the Southern Textile Research Conference, past member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Textiles at Clemson University, past member of the EPRI Textile Advisory Committee at North Carolina State University and served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the National Textile Center.

Alexander is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia. He is a member of First Baptist Church Barnwell, member of the Rotary Club International, Board Chair – SC National Heritage Corridor, past Chair of the Sweetwater Country Club Board, past Chair of the Barnwell County Hospital Board and is involved in numerous community service initiatives.

Past work experience
In 1999 Alexander joined Guilford Mills, an $800 + million annual revenue textile manufacturer, as Corporate Vice President of Technology, responsible for all aspects of technology, technical services, and research and development. Alexander was a Director of the company and served on the corporate leadership team headed by the CEO. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice President of Technology, he also served for one year as Vice President of Manufacturing for the apparel and home fashions business unit. Don was instrumental in the planning, construction and start-up of a new industrial park and manufacturing facility near Altimara Mexico.

Prior, Alexander spent twelve years ending in 1999 at the Institute of Textile Technology located in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was Director of Chemical, Energy, and Environmental programs. He was responsible for applied research, monitoring of global technology development, and industry consulting and expanded ITT’s focus on environmental & energy programs. Alexander was also involved in the creation and management of an industry-wide project between the textile industry and the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories called the

AMTEX Partnership and was instrumental in the development and management of a large environmental project called the Textile Resource Conservation Project which included 40 participating industrial companies and 8 National Laboratories. Alexander managed all facets of the project including participation of 115 industry representatives working with 29 National Laboratory scientists. Alexander also taught in the Graduate program and participated extensively in ITT’s continuing education seminars.

Prior to joining ITT, Alexander worked with Milliken & Company in manufacturing and technical management.

Dr. Roger Barker

Director, Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) and Burlington Distinguished Professor, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, NC State University.


Roger L. Barker is a Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at North Carolina State University and Director of TPACC.  He is internationally recognized for his work in the field of thermal protective clothing and comfort and heat stress in clothing systems.  Barker has published many technical papers on the subject of the effects of intense heat exposures on fabric materials including exposures to flash fire, molten metal, hot surface contact and radiant energy.  He was Chairman of the 1984 ASTM International Symposium on the Performance of Protective Clothing.  He is an active participant in several committees of the National Fire Protection Association, which are involved in the development of standards for the performance of protective clothing.  Barker holds B. S. and M. S. Degrees in physics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D., in Textile and Polymer Science from Clemson University.  He has positions at Cornell and at Clemson Universities.  His industrial experience includes work as a physicist in spun bonded fabrics research.


Thermal protective performance of textile fabrics and clothing, heat transfer mechanisms in intense heat exposures. Fabric and clothing flammability, materials response and testing methodologies.

Comfort properties of textile clothing and materials, heat and moisture transfer in textile structures, objective measurement of fabric hand.

Industrial analysis of thermal and mechanical properties of textile fabrics. Textile measurement technologies, instrumented manikins. Assessment of human sensory and physiological response to clothing comfort.

Tim Heller

Tim Heller graduated with a BS in Chemistry from University of South Florida.

After graduation, went to work for Milliken in the Elm City Plant and spent 10 years there where I held various positions including product development and Technical Manager in Dyeing and Finishing.

In 1993 went to work for JB Martin Co as a Technical Manager and became Vice President and Plant Manager in 1997.

Formed Oasis Dyeing Systems LLC in 2015 and currently continue to operate as Plant Manager for JB Martin as well as operations for Oasis Dyeing Systems.

Katelyn Lee

Katelyn Lee works in Textile Chemistry Research at Cotton Incorporated. She has been with Cotton Incorporated since 2007. She managed day-to-day operations in the digital printing and garment wet processing laboratories for five years. Her present role as a Textile Chemist focuses on conducting applied research projects to improve performance in enzymatic processing, dyeing, and garment finishing.

Katelyn currently serves as the committee chair for RA80-Printing Technology in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. Katelyn graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry. She received the Luther B. Arnold scholarship from the STRC in 2005.