PFE faculty member receives industry awards, retires after 32 years of service

Published: Oct 8, 2008 1:17:54 PM
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Roy Broughton

Roy Broughton

Roy M. Broughton, Auburn University faculty member and former Philpott Stevens Distinguished Professor of Textile Engineering, received awards from two organizations at the International Nonwovens Technical Conference (INTC), held in Houston on Sept. 10. He was recognized with the Rhom and Haas Prize for leadership and service to the Nonwovens Division of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and the INDA Lifetime Service Award. He also earned a session best paper recognition for his 2007 INTC presentation, "Production and Evaluation of Meltblown Poly(phenylene sulfide)," which was co-authored with colleagues from the University of Tennessee.

Broughton recently retired from Auburn University after 32 years of service. He has been named professor emeritus in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering and is an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee.

Broughton has been a member of TAPPI since 1969 and a member of the technical advisory board for Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry for more than a decade. He is also an area editor for the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics. He was part of a faculty team awarded the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2005.

Broughton earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from North Carolina State University and spent six years as a senior research chemist in the polyester research division of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. His research areas have included protective fabrics; high performance fabric structures; fiber extrusion, nonwovens technology and antimicrobial treatments for fibers, fabrics and other surfaces.