Associate Professor, Program Director
Co-director, Wearable Technology Lab
office: 356 McNeal Hall
Co-director, Wearable Technology Lab
office: 220 McNeal Hall
Mary Ellen is a first year Ph.D. Student in Design for Apparel Studies after completing both her BS in Apparel Design and Master’s at U of M. She has completed 3 summer internships at NASA Johnson Space Center in the Wearable Applications & Research Lab. Her research interests are e-textile manufacturing methods. In her rare free time, she enjoys making and wearing costumes at sci-fi conventions. She also enjoys looking up at the sky and gazing at jet streams with her cats.
Crystal Compton is a first-year Ph.D. design student in Apparel Studies and Product Development. Her research interests and passions include: wearable technology, e-textiles, functional clothing design, thermal comfort, and supporting human spaceflight. She also works at Tactile Medical developing medical garments for lymphedema treatment. Crystal loves magic, running, mathematics, science, outer space, and design.
Megan Clarke is a fourth year undergraduate student studying apparel design. Interests include functional design, protective clothing, 3D printing, and sustainability in design. In their free time Megan enjoys drinking plenty of coffee, baking, indoor gardening, and swapping snail mail.
Julia Duvall is a second year Apparel Studies masters student in the Product Development track with a background in apparel design. She has interned twice at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where she developed wearable technology and astronaut clothing for human space flight. Her research interests include garment actuation, specifically for compression, and functional clothing development for extreme environments. She enjoys rock climbing, drawing, bonsai trees, water skiing, picking and then eating blueberries, coffee with maple syrup in it, and being out of doors.
Kira is a Masters student in Apparel Studies-Product Development. She also received her B.S. in Apparel Design at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her research focuses on a variety of functional apparel such as athletic wear, wearable medical devices and protective clothing. She is particularly interested in the overlap of clothing and social justice and empowerment. Outside of school, Kira enjoys making enchiladas, playing multiple instruments, improving her down-ward facing dog and watching cat videos.
Esther is a Ph.D. student in Human Factors and Ergonomics. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and Cornell University respectively. Her research interests include human factors aspects of medical/ healthcare products and human- wearable technology interactions. She enjoys competitive ballroom dancing, ballroom dance costumes designing, dining and traveling.
Nika is a first year Master’s student in the Apparel Studies track and the People, History, and Culture concentration. Her research interests are in the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of dress, with a specific focus on these aspects in relation to wearable technology. She received her BS in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Anthropology.
Rachael is pursuing a Masters degree in Apparel Studies with a focus on Product Design. Before moving to Minnesota she worked as a Research Fellow for the Wyss Institute and Harvard University's BioDesign Lab developing wearable assistive and augmentative devices. Her current work focuses on the research and design of active compression garments. Her general interests are engineered knitwear and wearables that assist and/or augment human physiology and movement. Otherwise she loves yoga and cats.
Steven is a third-year undergraduate student completing work towards a major in mathematics with a minor in chemistry. His research interests include e-textiles, fabric research and development, human-computer interaction, and general wearable technology. After completing his undergraduate degree, he plans on attending graduate school to further explore his research interests.
Md. Tahmidul Islam Molla is a Ph.D. student in Apparel Studies at University of Minnesota. He completed his Master’s degree in Textile and Apparel Management from University of Missouri and his Bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering from Bangladesh University of Textiles. His research interest encompasses wearable technology, textile engineering, and advanced manufacturing technology. His current work focuses on the development of manufacturing methods for e-textiles. He enjoys spending time with friends, sports, photography, volunteering, and traveling.
Robbie Pettys-Baker is a Masters student in the Apparel Studies program, in the People, History, and Culture track. He received a BS in Apparel Design from the U of M. In addition he is pursuing a graduate minor in Human Factors. His research interests involve LGBTQ+ populations and their perceptions and influence on apparel. Currently he is working on a project for the Kimberly Clark Corporation.
Nick is an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering with a minor in product design. He spends alternating semesters taking classes and working with NASA at the Johnson Space Center through the Pathways Co-Op program. His academic interests include prototyping and designing circuits, human systems integration, and deciphering technical topics for anyone to understand. Outside of school and work, you will probably find Nick gliding at the nearest ice skating rink, swimming or fishing at a lake, or pretending to understand sports.
Sophia is pursuing a Master's degree in Apparel studies. She received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical engineering from Olin College and spent over a year working on Audio-Animatronics at Disney. Sophia's passion for merging engineering and fashion has brought her to the University of Minnesota and the Wearable Technology Lab. Her interests include sewing, cooking, traveling the world, and playing with her puppy, Guinness.
Cade Zacharias is a 3rd year undergrad computer engineer. He has previously worked with 3D printing, micro-controllers, circuit analysis, and computer programming. His interests lie largely in the intersection of computing and physical interaction. Outside of the lab, he is active in the Capoeira Club, and he is musician in a local band.
Wearable Technology Lab
1985 Buford Circle
240 McNeal Hall (directions and maps)
1985 Buford Avenue