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Dr. Lucy Dunne - Co-Director

Dr Dunne founded the Wearable Technology Lab in 2008. Her background spans apparel design, computer science, and electronic engineering. She teaches in the Apparel Design undergraduate program and the Apparel Studies graduate program, is a member of the graduate faculty in Human Factors and Ergonomics and Product Design, and is an Affiliate Member of the Computer Science and Engineering and Eletrical and Computer Engineering graduate faculties, and the Institute for Health Informatics.

Dr. Dunne has been awarded the NSF CAREER award (2013) and NASA's Silver Achievement Medal (2013) for her research, teaching, and outreach activities. She is the co-author of Functional Clothing Design: From Sportswear to Space Suits

College of Design faculty page



Dr. Brad Holschuh - Co-Director

Dr. Holschuh joined the UMN faculty in 2015. His research focuses on the use of wearable technology to improve human performance both in space and on Earth. He is specifically interested in developing wearable smart systems using active materials, onboard sensing and computing systems, and advanced additive manufacturing techniques to address a variety of challenges in biomedical, military, athletic, commercial, and space scenarios -- he has previously worked with NASA to develop advanced space suit technologies for future exploration missions. His work encompasses wearable technology, human factors design, textile engineering, aerospace engineering / bioastronautics, materials science, and biomedical device developmen.

Brad was previously a post-doctoral associate in the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory (MVL), and earned S.B (Aero/Astro ‘07), dual S.M (Aero/Astro ‘10, Technology and Policy ‘10), and Ph.D. (Aerospace Biomedical Engineering ‘14) degrees from MIT before transitioning to UMN.

College of Design Faculty page (coming soon)




UMN Wearable Product Design Center

Virgina Tech E-Textiles Laboratory

NASA Johnson Space Center: WEAR Lab

Cornell University Body Scan Research Group


MIT Man-Vehicle Lab

Francis Research Group, UMN


VLSI Research Group, UMN


Graduate Students


Mary Ellen Berglund

Mary Ellen is pursuing her Master's degree in Apparel Studies after completing her BS in Apparel Design at U of M. She is currently researching the washability of sensors as well as a cut-and-sewn textile-integrated smart clothing platform.


Crystal Compton

Crystal is a Master's student majoring in Apparel Studies. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design from the University of Minnesota, during which she researched stretch and bend sensors for wearable applications. Currently, she is researching methods of measuring and monitoring the spinal curvature of scoliosis patients with conductive thread and magnets in the form of sensors.


Julia Duvall

Julia Duvall is a first year Apparel Studies masters student in the Product Development track. She spent the past two summers interning at NASA’s Johnson Space Center developing wearable technology and astronaut clothing for human space flight. Her background is in apparel design. She enjoys rock climbing, drawing, funky old bonsai trees, water skiing, picking and then eating blueberries, coffee with maple syrup in it, and being out of doors.



Kira Erickson

Kira is a graduate student majoring in Apparel Studies. She also received her BS in Apparel Design from the University of Minnesota. Kira’s major interest is in functional apparel design, specifically personal protective equipment. She has spent the past two summers interning at 3M in the Personal Safety Division designing and developing coveralls, and has also collaborated with NASA on two team projects.


Linsey Griffin

Linsey is a Ph.D. student in Apparel Studies. Her research area is functional apparel design, with a specific focus on evidence-based design for the medical industry.  Linsey's work and research experience ranges from designing Arabian Night costumes for anamatronic robots in Korea to an internship at NASA and research with 3M. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Textiles and Apparel Design ('04).


Molly McMahon

Molly is a graduate student majoring in Human Factors with a minor in Product Design and Cognitive Science. She currently works as a service designer at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation. Molly received her undergraduate degree in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. 


Jordyn Reich

Jordyn is currently pursuing her masters in Human Factors and Ergonomics here at the University of Minnesota, where she also received her B.S. in Apparel Design. Her research interests include the human factors of medical devices, wearable technology, and information display.



Yuxi Wang




Undergraduate Students

Heidi Woelfle

Heidi is an undergraduate student majoring in Apparel Design with minors in Product Design and Environmental Science. Her primary research interests are in functional apparel, wearable technology, and conservation biology.


Nick Schleif

Nick is an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Product Design. His academic interests include hardware design, 3D Printing, and wearable computing. When he's not involved with academic life, Nick enjoys rollerblading, chips and salsa, and dancing (sometimes all three at once).


Steven Goodman

Steven is an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry.  He is focused on combining his interests in science and fashion, with a concern for fiber science and textile research and development.





Christina Armstrong (now at K Bell)

Kaila Bibeau (now at Playtabase)

Tony Carton (now at South Dakota State University)

Mary Alice Casto

James Coughlin (now at Punch Through Design)

Allison Danzl (now at CounterCouture)

Guido Gioberto (now at Athos)

Silvia Guttmann (now at 3M)

Lizzie Hillmann (now at Kellé Company)

Misty Karges (now at Academy Sports and Outdoors)

Helen Koo (now at University of California, Davis)

Cheol-Hong Min (now at Minnesota State University, Mankato)

Harini Ramaswamy

Varun Ramesh

Jingwen (Vivian) Zhang (now at UC Irvine)