Dr. Fred L. Cook is a Senior Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs and former Chair in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Cook's research interests lie in the fields of textile and polymer chemistry. More specifically, areas under investigation include: crown ethers in anionic polymerizations and resin supports; carbon fiber conversion processes; energy-conserving textile chemical processes; and polymer syntheses.
Dr. Cook returned to Georgia Tech in 1975 from the Experimental Station of E.I. DuPont Co., where he served as a polymer research chemist. His studies at Tech blend polymer chemistry with textile chemical processes and applications. He serves as a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (former President and current member of the Board of Directors) and the Fiber Society. Dr. Cook has chaired the AATCC National Committee of Conferences, the National Textile Center Operating Board and the Georgia Tech Polymer Program. He has been President of NCTE, and is a member of Sigma Xi, Delta Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi Professional Fraternities. He is a consulting editor for Textile World Magazine and the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF), and he has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases.