Mr. Arcidiacono received a BS in Zoology and an MS in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. He joined the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in 1985 as a research microbiologist and conducted research in microbiology, biotechnology, and materials science. Primary areas of focus are 1) antimicrobial textile testing; 2) gut and skin microbial ecology; and 3) discovery of novel antimicrobials to combat multidrug resistant microbes. Mr. Arcidiacono has authored >30 peer-review manuscripts and conference articles, numerous presentations, and an inventor on two issued US patents. He has received the US Army Research and Development Achievement award – Outstanding Technical Achievement in 2009 and 2010, as well as the 2018 winner of the J. W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award for best paper published in AATCC Journal of Research in 2017. Mr. Arcidiacono is a member of the AATCC Antimicrobial Activity Committee and Evaluation of Materials & Products for End-Use Performance Committees.