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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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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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