Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

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This April five apparel design students will participate in NASA’s Microgravity University in Houston, Texas. They will be the first all-female, apparel design group to conduct experiments aboard
the reduced gravity aircraft.

The project, led by senior Karen Fiegenalong with apparel design professor Lucy Dunne, and students Mary Ellen
, Crystal Compton, Kira Erickson, and Jordyn Reich,
will explore ways to reduce sweat build-up in astronaut gloves with non-powered systems. 

They will bring their experiences back to Minnesota by sharing their experiences with middle school girls and introducing them to STEM careers through clothing design.

Watch for ongoing coverage of this project throughout the upcoming months.


Thumbnail image for EMERGINGspringcover.jpgThis story was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of our magazine, Emerging, which is available online and mailed to
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Apparel Design Team Photo © Patricia Grover