WVU Davis College opens new textile lab
Bircher intended to strengthen textile science and the curriculum and create much needed creative space for students. The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at the University of West Virginia recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Amy A Bircher Textile Lab.
“What a momentous opportunity for me personally to contribute to the future of my alma mater. I am very honored to be able to offer this space to current and future students to learn in a practical environment for textile science and innovation, ”said Bircher. “There are so many amazing opportunities for students to enhance their education in both fiber, fashion and apparel development, and I look forward to seeing this space grow over the years. years to come as our industrial and societal needs change.
The space, a former home economics lab in the Agricultural Sciences annex, is outfitted with new equipment to give students more opportunities to engage directly with fabrics.
“Amy’s gift is fundamental; it provides us with a basis to grow taller and better. This lab will have an immediate positive impact on our students and their understanding of the functional material basis of textile design, ”said Darrell W Donahue, Dean of WVU Davis College. “Looking to the future, we will be able to increase our textile research and testing capabilities with the aim of improving training and moving the industry forward.”
Through a variety of scientific tests – including the popular burn test which helps identify fabric types – students will gain a better understanding of the properties of a fiber, including its strengths, weaknesses, manufacture, dye and fabric. finish.
According to Elizabeth Shorrock, visiting assistant professor of fashion, clothing and merchandising, this type of knowledge will make students more marketable after graduation. “I noticed during my career that top design students at universities across the country had limited knowledge of the textile properties and types of fabrics best suited for specific projects,” she said. . “This new lab will help WVU and our program become leaders in textile science training.”
Passionate industry leader and committed to the textile market, Bircher is Founder and CEO of MMI Textiles in Cleveland. Founded in 1997, his company serves customers globally with innovative products. She graduated in 1993 from WVU Davis College with a degree in textiles, clothing and fashion merchandising.
Bircher’s donation was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and administers private donations on behalf of the University.
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Davis College at the University of West Virginia has opened a new textile lab to help fashion, apparel and merchandising students gain better educational opportunities in textile science. The Amy A Bircher textile laboratory was set up thanks to the donation of more than $ 200,000 from Amy Bircher, a former student of WVU and international leader in the textile industry.