PhilaU textile engineer Mark Sunderland has been selected to judge a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense to redesign protective suits used by the military, Yahoo!, Women’s Wear Daily and the Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 24.
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, a division within the Defense Department, launched the competition called “Proof-The Chembio Suit Design Challenge” and is offering a total of $250,000 to finalists and semifinalists.
Sunderland is the Robert J. Reichlin High Performance Apparel Chair, and director of the M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise and B.S. in Textile Material Technology programs.