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Optimizing Human Performance

Meredith McQuerry, PhD

Assistant Professor    850-644-3217    Vitae (Link)

Get to know Dr. McQuerry


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.


  • B.S. Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY)
  • B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY)
  • M.S. Textile Science (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY)
  • Ph.D. Textile Technology Management (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC)

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

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,
DOI: 10.1177/0040517515595029.

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



Textile Testing Performance Measurement Quality Assurance Product Development Standardization Student Engagement Project Management Grant Writing
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