Tag Archives: NASA

Apparel Students Design for Outer Space with Their Feet on the Ground

Last month, Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel) junior year studio traveled to NASA headquarters to present their latest designs: a multi-layer e-textile circuit sensor garment, mechanical counter pressure gloves, a vacuum test chamber emergency rescue technician suit, a wireless wearable audio harness, and wearable haptics to direct arm movement. This was Dunne’s fourth class to participate in the NASA Wearable Technology Symposium, […]

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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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Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

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 Fiegen, along with apparel design professor Lucy Dunne, and students Mary Ellen Berglund, Crystal Compton, Kira Erickson, and Jordyn Reich, will explore ways to reduce sweat build-up in astronaut gloves with non-powered systems. READ: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)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. ________________This story was featured in the Spring…

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Barry Kudrowitz on WCCO-AM: Food, Space, and 3D Printing

Listen to the interview here. This week NASA announced plans to construct a 3D food printer that will eventually provide food for astronauts in space. The obvious prototype of choice? Pizza. Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz, director of our Product Design program, will speak with WCCO's John Hines on Thursday, May 23 at 10:10 a.m. about how 3D printing is changing the way we think about everything from food to design and beyond. Hint: NASA isn't the first to try 3D food. A former roommate of Kudrowitz at MIT, Marcelo Coelho, created the prototype and concept designs for a food 3D printer called the Cornucopia four years ago.More stories from the College of Design:Cities On Water: Landscape Architecure AbroadMinnesota Vikings…

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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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