Students win for safety garment

An aircraft marshaller’s safety jacket, designed by Matthew Bartels, Sara DeShone and Armine Ghalachyan, students at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., took first place honors in the seventh annual Safety Products Student Design Challenge sponsored by IFAI’s Safety and Technical Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute.

A two-layer cold weather system, the jacket incorporates electronics, following the safety requirements for this type of garment to protect in adverse weather and visibility conditions. The integrated LED lights in the sleeves, which can be switched on and off, eliminate the need for handheld lighted wands typically used by aircraft marshallers.

The students and their instructor, Dr. Maureen MacGillivray, were the guests of the sponsoring divisions at Expo Americas 2010 in Orlando, Fla., where they received their award.