Rachael Granberry

PhD Student, Apparel Studies

Research Fellow



Rachael Granberry

Rachael is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow (NSTRF17) and PhD Apparel Studies candidate at the University of Minnesota. She works between the Wearable Technology Lab within the Department of Design and The Design of Active Materials and Structures Lab within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She received her bachelor's degree from Tulane University and previously was a Functional Apparel Research Fellow at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, where she worked in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences's BioDesign Lab. Her current research focuses on the design and development of actuating fabrics for wearable applications. Her general interests include engineered knitwear, actuated textile structures, garment sizing and fit, and medical wearables.


Research Interests & Expertise

Functional Apparel

Anthropometrics, Fit, & Sizing

Engineered Knitwear

Actuating Fabrics

Soft, Wearable Robotics

Medical Device Design


Selected Scholarship (Full list in CV)

Granberry, R.,† Eschen, K.,† Holschuh, B., Abel, J. (2018). Active-Contracting, Variable-Stiffness Fabrics for Self-Fitting Wearables, presented at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), San Antonio, TX. († Indicates joint first-authorship)


Granberry, R., Eschen, K., Abel, J. Holschuh, B. (2018). Active Knit Compression Garments, Devices & Related Methods. US Patent No. 16035963. Minneapolis, MN.


Granberry, R., Duvall, J., Dunne, L. and Holschuh, B. (2017). An Analysis of Anthropometric Geometric Variability for the Fit and Function of Advanced Functional Garments, presented at the International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC), Maui, HI. doi: 10.1145/3123021.3123034

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