Meredith McQuerry, PhD
Meredith McQuerry, PhD
OFFICE LOCATIONS: RSB 236
ACADEMIC SPECIALTY: Textile Testing & Performance Measurement
B.S. Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, University of Kentucky
B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education, University of Kentucky
M.S. Textile Science, University of Kentucky
Ph.D. Textile Technology Management, North Carolina State University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Clothing Comfort Physiology
Personal Protective Clothing
My research is primarily focused on improving the physiological comfort and ergonomic mobility of protective clothing for first responders, athletes, and industrial workers. The impact of wear and laundering on functional garment performance over time is also of interest to me. The majority of my work has been applied to structural firefighter turnout suits, using the functional design process to engineer a better performing garment. My research uses virtual modeling and human wear trials to assess the effect of clothing on human performance during physical activity.
PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
McQuerry, M., Kwon, C., & Poley-Bogan, M. (2023). Female firefighters’ increased risk of occupational exposure due to ill-fitting personal protective clothing. Frontiers in Materials Polymeric and Composite Materials; Special Issue: Challenges and Emerging Issues on Firefighter’s Toxic Chemical Exposure: Smoke Chemicals, Contaminated PPE, and Off-gassing. 10, 1-10, DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2023.1175559
McQuerry, M. & Grzywacz, J.G. (2023). Thermal comfort assessment of active cooling technology for agricultural end use: a field study. Journal of Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology, 9(1), 14-19, DOI: 10.15406/jteft.2023.09.00327
Riedy, R. & McQuerry, M. (2023). Thermal comfort analysis of auto-racing suits using a sweating thermal manikin. Journal of Industrial Textiles, 53, 1-16, DOI: 10.1177/15280837221150649
Sokolowski, S., Marks, M., Park, H., Griffin, L., & McQuerry, M., (2022). Visual, volumetric and anthropometric measurements comparisons between boot interior and 3d foot scans to improve firefighters safety. Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, AHFE International, 48, 91-99, DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1002020
Jo, J.*, Sokolowski, S., McQuerry, M., Griffin, L. & Park, H. (2022). Firefighters’ feet: differences by sex and weight-bearing. Applied Ergonomics, 102, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103753
McQuerry, M. & Easter, E. (2022). Wildland firefighting personal protective clothing cleaning practices in the United States. Fire Technology, 58(3), 1667-1688, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-021-01212-z
McQuerry, M. & Nixon, V.* (2021). Thermal comfort and performance evaluation of high-end versus popular dupe athleticwear leggings. Journal of Textile Science and Fashion Technology, 9(1), 1-7, DOI: 10.33552/JTSFT.2021.09.000703
Morrissey, M., Casa, D., Brewer, G., Adams, W., Hosokawa, Y., Benjamin, C., Grundstein, A., Hostler, D., McDermott, B., McQuerry, M., Stearns, R., Filep, E., DeGroot, D., Fulcher, J., Flouris, A., Jacklitsch, B., Jardine, J., Lopez, R., McCarthy, R., Pitisladis, Y., Pryor, R., Schlader, Z., Smith, C., Smith, D., Spector, J., Vanos, J., Williams, W.J., Vargas, N., & Yeargin, S. (2021, online). Heat safety in the workplace: modified delphi consensus to establish strategies and resources at the organizational level to protect U.S. workers. GeoHealth, 77 pages, DOI: 10.1029/2021GH000443 (Impact: 4.53)
McQuerry, M., Easter, E., & Cao, A. (2021). Disposable versus reusable medical gowns: a performance comparison. American Journal of Infection Control, 49(5), 563-570, DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.10.013 (Impact 2.294)
Riedy, R. & McQuerry, M. (2021). Serviceability assessment of a printed finish on t-shirts. AATCC Journal of Research, 8(2), 48-53, DOI: 10.14504/ajr.8.2.6
Riedy, R. & McQuerry, M. (2020). Development of a phase change material (PCM) measurement methodology for fabric surface quantification. Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 11(4), 1-11.
McQuerry, M., Morrissey, M.*, Kisiolek, J.*, Gipson, S.*, & Ormsbee, M. (2020). Effect of a lightweight structural firefighter turnout composite on physiological comfort. Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 11th Volume, Innovative Solutions to Evolving Challenges, ASTM STP1624, pp.176-203, DOI:10.1520/STP162420190083
McQuerry, M. (2020). A survey of structural firefighter station wear in the United States. Fire Technology, 56(3), 1287-1313, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-019-00930-9
McQuerry, M. (2020). Effect of structural turnout suit fit on female versus male firefighter range of motion. Applied Ergonomics, 82, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102974
McQuerry, M. (2020). Wildland firefighting and wearable technology: a review. Journal of Textile Engineering Fashion Technology, 1(2), 1-5.
McQuerry, M. (2019). A review of ballistic, slash, and stab protection for integration in first responder personal protective clothing. Journal of Textile Science and Fashion Technology, 2(1), 1-5, DOI: 10.33552/JTSFT.2019.02.000527
McQuerry, M., Kwon, C, & Johnson, H**. (2019). A critical review of female firefighter protective clothing and equipment workplace challenges. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, 23(2), 94-110, DOI: 10.1108/RJTA-01-2019-0002
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2018). Analysis of air gap volume in structural firefighter turnout constructions in relation to heat loss. Textile Research Journal, 88(21), 2475-2484, DOI: 10.1177/0040517517723024
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2018). Impact of reinforcements on heat stress in structural firefighter turnout suits. Journal of the Textile Institute, 109(10), 1367-1373, DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2018.1423881
McQuerry, M. & Hogans, K.* (2018). Assessment of ventilated athletic uniforms for improved thermal comfort. AATCC Journal of Research, 5(5), 1-8, DOI: 10.14504/ajr.5.5.1
McQuerry, M., Barker, R., & DenHartog, E. (2018). Functional design of structural firefighter turnout suits for improved thermal comfort: thermal manikin and physiological modeling evaluation. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 36(3), 165-179, DOI: 10.1177/0887302X18757348
McQuerry, M., Barker, R., & DenHartog, E. (2018). Relationship between novel design modifications and heat stress relief in structural firefighters’ protective clothing. Applied Ergonomics, 70, 260-268, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.03.004
McQuerry, M. (2018). Validation of a clothing heat transfer model in non-isothermal test conditions. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 46(5).
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., Barker, R. (2017). Analysis of air gap volume in structural firefighter turnout constructions in relation to heat loss. Textile Research Journal. DOI: 10.1177/0040517517723024
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., Barker, R. (2017). Effect of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on heat loss in structural firefighter turnout suits. AATCC Journal of Research, 4(5), 1-5, DOI: 10.14504/ajr.4.5.1.
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., Barker, R. (2017). Evaluating turnout composite layering strategies for reducing thermal burden in structural firefighter protective clothing systems. Textile Research Journal. 87(10), 1217-1225, DOI: 10.1177/0040517516651101.
McQuerry, M., Barker, R., DenHartog, E., Hummel, A. (2016). Alternative methodologies for determining the impact of clothing ventilation in structural firefighter turnout suits. Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 10th Volume, Risk Reduction through Research and Testing, ASTM STP1593, pp. 313-330, DOI: 10.1520/STP159320160003.
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., Barker, R. (2016). Garment ventilation strategies for improving heat loss in structural firefighter clothing ensembles. AATCC Journal of Research, 3(3), 9-14,
DOI: 10.14504/ajr.3.3.2. [AATCC J. W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award]
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., Barker, R., Ross, K. (2016). A review of garment ventilation strategies for structural firefighter protective clothing. Textile Research Journal, 86(7), 727-742,
McQuerry, M., Klausing, S., Cotterill, D., Easter, E. (2015). A post-use evaluation of turnout gear using NFPA 1971 standard on protective ensembles for structural fire fighting and NFPA 1851 on selection, care and maintenance. Fire Technology, 51(5), 1149-1166, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-014-0446-x.
J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award for the AATCC Journal of Research
Six Sigma Green Belt Certified
ITAA Rutherford Teaching Challenge Winner
ITAA Sara Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise
ASTM International Student Paper Competition, First Place Winner
AATCC Herman and Myrtle Student Paper Competition, First Place Winner