Erin Kirkpatrick
Erin S.H. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Natick

Dr. Kirkpatrick has extensive experience in the testing and analysis of both traditional and novel fibers, yarns, and fabrics. 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’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. She has interned at Corning, Inc., where she studied the use of tunable fiber lasers in the induction of photothermal phase changes, and experimented with the solubility of carboxy-methyl cellulose hydrogels.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2008
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, 2006
  • 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

Publications

Ellis, B., Kirkpatrick, E., Kothari Phan, S., Imler, S., & Beckham, H. Measuring compression caused by garments. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology 2018.
Hendrick E, Frey M. Increasing surface hydrophilicity in poly(lactic acid) electrospun fibers by addition of PLA-b-PEG co-polymers. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics 2014; 9:153-164.

Hendrick E, Frey M, Herz E, Wiesner U. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluorescing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeiting and pH-sensing applications. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics 2010; 5:21-30.

DeRosa ME, DeRosa RL, Noni LM, Hendrick E. Phase separation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) solutions and gels using a near infrared fiber laser. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2007; 105:2083-2090.

Presentations

Kirkpatrick E. Labeling Laws: challenges for innovative and specialty textiles. Oral presentation, IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2017.

Kirkpatrick E. Challenges in textile labeling. Oral presentation, AATCC International Conference, Wilmington, NC,, 2017.

Kirkpatrick E. Compression testing for performance apparel. Oral presentation, IFAI Advanced Textiles Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2015.

Kirkpatrick E. Measuring compression in compression garments. Oral presentation, AATCC International Conference, Savannah, GA, 2015.

Hendrick E. Introduction to nonwoven fabrics: From toilet paper to microfluidics. Oral presentation, Techtextil North American Symposium, Atlanta, GA, 2012.

Hendrick E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers integrated into a prototype fluidic device. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2011.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers: the influence of fiber diameter and substrate. Oral and Poster presentation, Fiber Society Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Fiber based biohazard sensor assemblies. Poster presentation, National Textile Center Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers: the influence of fiber diameter and substrate. Oral presentation, American Chemical Society Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Fiber based biohazard sensor assemblies. Poster presentation, National Textile Center Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, 2009.

Hendrick E, Herz E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluorescing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeit applications. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2008.

Hendrick E, Herz E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluorescing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeit applications. Oral presentation, Fiber Society Conference, Mulhouse, France, 2008.

Patents

U.S. Patent 043608: Polymeric materials incorporating core-shell silica nanoparticles, 2009 (Herz E, Hendrick E, Frey M, Wiesner U).

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, 2006–2011

Intern, Corning, Inc., 2005–2006

Research Assistant, Alfred University, 2004

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

American Society for Testing and Materials

Fiber Society

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2008
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, 2006
  • 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