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Elizabeth McCullough

Program director of testing services,
Institute for Environmental Research

Elizabeth McCulloughElizabeth McCullough is well known for her research on the thermal and barrier properties of fabrics and on the development and evaluation of sleeping bags and protective clothing systems. She currently serves as program director of testing services at the university's Institute for Environmental Research. The institute houses eight environmental chambers and unique measuring devices like walking, sweating thermal manikins.

McCullough has given numerous presentations at national and international meetings in the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Israel, Great Britain, Argentina, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland. Her work has been incorporated into textbooks in English, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Her research findings also have contributed to the development of several standards for the American Society for Testing and Materials, the International Standardization Organization and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

McCullough is the recipient of the K-State Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Outstanding Research Award from the College of Human Ecology. She received the Best Technical Paper Award from the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry for her work on the barrier properties of surgical gowns; the Best Paper Award from the International Textiles and Apparel Association for her evaluation of personal cooling systems for the military; the Ralph F. Nevins Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for significant accomplishment in the general area of physiology and human response to the environment; and the Harold DeWitt Smith Memorial Medal from the American Society for Testing and Materials' Committee D-13 on Textiles for outstanding research related to the utilization of textiles as engineering materials. McCullough also received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Textiles and Apparel Association and the Manufactured Fiber Research Award from the American Fiber Manufacturers Association. She was selected for Ad Astra Kansas Initiative's list of the Top 150 Scientists for the organization's project, "Science in Kansas: 150 Years and Counting."

She received her bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Tennessee in textile science. She was honored by Ohio State's College of Education and Human Ecology with an Award of Distinction in 2013. The honor recognizes alumni who have achieved excellence in their careers.

McCullough can be reached at 785-532-2284 or lizm@k-state.edu.