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[VIDEO] Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

This spring semester, five apparel design seniors are not only preparing to launch their careers, they are also launching into space. Karen Fiegen joined by Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Jordyn Reich, and Crystal Compton, are 11 weeks away from taking their materials research into zero gravity for testing at NASA headquarters in Houston, TX at the end of May. PHOTOS: Apparel Students Heading to Microgravity UNEWS: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)NEWS: Apparel Team Tackles Moisture Management Challenge (NASA)Selected as 1 of 18 projects to participate in NASA’s highly competitive Microgravity U, the University of Minnesota team is the first all-female, apparel team to participate in the program. Microgravity U is an academic opportunity for undergraduate teams…

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What Do Gloves That Type and A Noise Cancelling Vest Have in Common?

Apparel design students will present their innovative prototypes at Johnson Space Center during a trip to NASA headquarters April 19-21. The students researched and developed garments for NASA over the semester and now have the opportunity to show their work to the astronauts. Prototypes by the five teams, as pictured, include gloves that type, a space suit outer layer that enhances range of motion, research into placement of devices on the body, a noise cancelling vest, and a radiation resistant cargo bag that transformed into a wearable garment. MORE: Behind the scenes preparing for NASAThis is the third year the class has partnered with NASA and focused on wearable technology. This spring associate professor Lucy Dunne received NASA's Silver Achievement…

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Lucy Dunne Receives NASA's Silver Achievement Medal

Associate professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) will receive NASA's Silver Achievement Medal during a ceremony at NASA's Johnson Space Center on April 21, 2014.This prestigious NASA Silver Achievement Medal is awarded to Government and non-Government individuals or teams by NASA Center Directors for a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's Core Values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily important and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner. Dunne helped develop the NASA Wearable Technology Clutser, which brings together NASA scientists and engineers on the one side, and university students and professors on the other from the University of Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Since 2012, she has offered a course each…

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[Video] How We're Making Smart Clothing a Reality

The next installment of the Big Ten Network series, "BTN LiveB1G," will showcase University of Minnesota researchers creating fertilizer from the wind and exploring the future of wearable technology. The episode will debut Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. CT, after the Minnesota men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin.The show will also air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (after men's basketball vs. Northwestern) and Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (after women's basketball at Michigan State).Smart Clothes For Professor Lucy Dunne, director of the Apparel Design Program and Wearable Technology Lab in the College of Design, clothes represent more than a fashion statement – they are potentially life-saving pieces of technology. Her team, which relies heavily on the talent…

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Smart Clothing, Smart Girls Learning about STEM

This week over a dozen, middle school girls from Anoka County 4-H and Girls Inc.

 participated in a new STEM camp called Smart Clothing, Smart Girls held at the College of Design. Associate Professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design), in a partnership between Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, spearheaded the camp which is supported by a three-year National Science Foundation grant to use apparel design as a vehicle to attract middle school girls to STEM learning and engineering careers. The girls learned about wearable technologies and electrical circuits, skyped with NASA, and built their own space suits for a final fashion show on Friday. Along the way, they were introduced to 2D to 3D visualization and the engineering design…

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Universal Smart Garments Coming to a Closet Near You?

Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne (Apparel) has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award, also known as the CAREER award. She will receive nearly $400,000 in NSF funding over the next four years to develop a cut-and-sewn, textile-integrated smart clothing platform. Dunne paired her early textiles and apparel career with an education in electronic technology. "I didn't face the same obstacles as people who are trained only in apparel and then turn to smart clothing later," she explains. Today, it's Dunne's goal that every student who graduates from the apparel design program leaves confident with the knowledge that they know how to build a least a very basic circuit. It goes hand in hand with her teaching…

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Making The Shoe Fit … Even Better

If the shoe doesn’t fit … design something better. In the spring of 2012, students in Lucy Dunne’s Studio IV apparel design course partnered with NASA to design wearable technology prototypes. Susan Vue, Jennifer Voth, and Melissa Mello developed a better boot for astronauts. This fall, their design won first place in the 2012 Safety Products Student Design Challenge sponsored by Safety + Technical Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute (IFAI).  “This project is a great example,” explains Voth, who graduates in the spring, “of how combining two components of design that rarely meet, in this case spacesuit engineering and general apparel design, creates innovative solutions that normally would not be apparent if these two worlds hadn’t met.”       The…

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Apparel Design Students Take Wearable Technology to NASA Headquarters

As NASA’s Discovery space shuttle makes it’s final flight over D.C., 16 students in Lucy Dunne’s Studio IV apparel design course are on their own mission: completing work on their wearable technology designs before presenting them at NASA headquarters on Friday, April 27. KSTP-TV interviewed Dunne and her students as they make final preparations for the trip.What does wearable technology look like? Here’s are two examples. A hands-free garment for computing systems that holds your electronics and feels comfortable. And a garment with a built-in warning systems to alert wearers to possible dangers with tactile and visual senors. Pictured below is the garment Jessica Loomis, Mai Yang, and Grace Loring produced for consumer use, compatible with the technology that someday might…

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Architecture and Apparel Design Students Present at National Conference

Pictured left to right: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture, and Kate Maple, Assistant Dean for Student Services. Four students from the College of Design traveled to Ogden, Utah for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University last week: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; and Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. The students will be accompanied by Kate Maple, Assistant…

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Apparel Students Linsey Gordon and Silvia Guttmann Compete in "Project Better Gown"

Apparel grad student Linsey Gordon and apparel senior Silvia Guttmann were featured on WCCO (CBS 4) last evening as part of a story on the "Project Better Gown" design competition hosted by the Park Nicollet Foundation. Students from seven college design programs across the country are taking part in the contest to create a new hospital gown that puts the needs of the patient first and foremost, while still meeting the medical needs of doctors and nurses. The designs will be showcased, and the winners will be announced, during a live runway show this Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Park Nicollet Foundation Celebration for Life Gala. A total of $40,000 in Fellowship Grants will be awarded to the…

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