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Institute for Environmental Research

Institute for Environmental Research

Kansas State University
0056 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: 785-532-5620
Fax: 785-532-6642

Meredith Schlabach


Meredith Schlabach graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Testing Services and Associate Engineer at the Institute for Environmental Research (IER). Meredith has experience using both standard test methods and special protocols to evaluate the thermal properties of textile products for companies, government agencies, and the military. Her responsibilities include:

  • Managing an accurate, responsive, and efficient textile product testing program, which includes:
    • Measuring the insulation and evaporative resistance of clothing systems using a sweating manikin
    • Measuring the insulation provided by sleeping bag systems and cold weather clothing systems with a thermal manikin and using models to predict the temperature for comfort
    • Measuring the cooling effectiveness of personal cooling systems with a sweating manikin
    • Evaluating clothing systems and personal cooling systems using human subjects in environmental chambers
  • Supervising students and staff members working in the textile testing program
  • Conducting research in human thermal modelling and engineering

Meredith also enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, and sporting activities.