The advancement of scientific knowledge pertaining to fibers, fiber based products, and fibrous materials.
The Fiber Society, founded in 1941, is incorporated as a nonprofit professional and scientific association. The Society’s general management and supervision is delegated to the Governing Council (GC), which is elected by and from the membership. The GC is led by the Officers noted on the masthead.
The Fiber Society comprises individuals who are chemists, physicists, engineers, and designers with interests in the field of fiber science engineering and technology. There are no corporate or institutional members. Membership requires evidence of significant contributions and commitment to the fields of fiber science, engineering, technology and product development. A graduate student engaged in studies and research in the fields of fiber science, engineering, and technology related disciplines may be admitted as a student member on the recommendation of a faculty mentor, preferably the major advisor.
The Fiber Society sponsors two technical meetings each year, either in the form of a general technical conference or in the form of a symposium on a specialized topic. Generally, meetings are held in the United States in the fall and abroad in the spring, under the auspices of a strong local organization that undertakes the responsibility to organize and host the conference, with the guidance and assistance of the GC. Attendance at Society meetings is open to all persons interested in the field. Attendance of students, academic faculties, and industrial researchers is particularly encouraged. The registration fee for all regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate students is reduced to cover costs only.
The Fiber Society sponsors five award categories
Distinguished Achievement in Fiber Science. This Award is presented to individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the field. It is intended to recognize early achievement and to stimulate continuing commitment to the field of fiber science.
The Founder’s Award, in contrast, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of fibers, fibrous materials, and fiber-based products regardless of the recipient’s age.
The Distinguished Service award is granted to those members who have had an exceptional, significant impact on the Society, whether that impact is short-term or sustained.
The Fiber Society also awards Honorary Membership in recognition of life-long contributions to the field, irrespective of Society membership.
The Graduate Student Paper Award is given to the winner of The Fiber Society’s student paper competition, designed to encourage participation by graduate students in the Society-sponsored technical meetings.