- Ph.D., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2011
- M.Sc., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2008
- B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, 2006
- Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
- Robert W. Work Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Cornell University, 2011
- Finalist in the Fiber Society Student Paper Competition, 2010
- American Chemical Society Grant, 2010
- Featured Image on the Cornell University Life Science Core Laboratory website, 2009
- Winner in the CCMR Microscopy Image Contest, 2009
- Tau Beta Bi, 2004
- Keramos Honor Society, 2004
- American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
- Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
- American Society for Testing and Materials
- Industrial Fabrics Association International
Dr. Kirkpatrick has extensive experience in the testing and analysis of both traditional and novel fibers, yarns, fabrics, and fiber-reinforced composites. She routinely conducts failure analysis investigations on textile products, and is skilled and knowledgeable in textile production and characterization techniques.
Dr. Kirkpatrick currently provides consulting services related to textiles/fibrous assemblies, and has direct experience in evaluating textile performance via fiber content, fabric structure/design, and performance specifications. Dr. Kirkpatrick is also a skilled practitioner of Agile project management, and has earned licensure as a Certified ScrumMaster®.
Dr. Kirkpatrick's research efforts have focused on compression garments, novel functional fibers, and labeling laws and requirements for specialty textiles. She has also done extensive work on the development of stimuli-responsive nanofibers for integration into traditional garments, biomaterials, and microfluidic platforms. She is skilled in a variety of microscopy techniques, including optical and polarized microscopy, confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kirkpatrick completed her doctorate in Fiber Science from Cornell University.