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Fiber Science and Apparel Design

Field Description

The common focus of the field is the study of fibrous materials and their use as apparel, as engineering structures (such as composite materials), in biomedical applications, and in home furnishings. The Field of Fiber Science and Apparel Design is applied and multidisciplinary, with faculty members drawn from the Colleges of Human Ecology and Engineering.

Students are expected to develop strength in their base discipline as well as gain appropriate breadth to support the area of specialization. Active research programs exist in high-performance fibers and fiber-reinforced composites; Green composites; detergency and surface chemistry; perfume treated fabrics; textile materials in biomedical and geotechnical applications; polymers for electronics; liquid-crystal polymers; textile-dye chemistry; crystal morphology of fibers; electrospin of fibers; cellulose; apparel and fashion design, design ethnography; sizing and fit of apparel; functional apparel; cultural and historic studies of clothing and textiles; mass customization and technology; and technology management in the apparel industry.

For M.A. and M.S. degree candidates, the Special Committee consists of at least two Graduate Faculty members. For Ph.D. students, a minimum of four committee members are required: one faculty member representing the major, one for each of the two minor areas, and a fourth member appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies to act for the field. The oral and written Admission to Candidacy examination and the final oral examination are required for the Ph.D. degree. The field does not require a foreign language.

Outstanding facilities for research and study are available in the College of Human Ecology and the College of Engineering.Textile and polymer science laboratories are equipped with modern instrumentation for chemical, physical, and mechanical analysis and with a controlled temperature and humidity room. Apparel design studios are equipped with industrial sewing equipment. Video image-capture and photography equipment is available in a visual analysis lab. The functional apparel lab houses a variety of human-factors testing equipment, including a full-body scanner.


Contact Information

Website: https://www.human.cornell.edu/fsad/academics/graduate/home
Email: fsad_graduate@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3151

T57 Human Ecology Building
37 Forest Home Dr.
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Apparel Design

  • apparel design

Fiber Science

  • fiber science
  • polymer science
  • textile science

Human Ecology

  • apparel design
  • fiber science

Faculty

Susan M Ashdown - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design; Fiber Science: textile science Research Interests: functional apparel design; sizing and fit of apparel; computer applications in the apparel industry
Fatma Baytar - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design; Human Ecology: apparel design
Chih-Chang Chu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science; textile science Research Interests: design of textile materials for medical use; degradation and stabilization of fibers; thermal and crystallization properties
Sheila Danko - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: creative theory; design process and methods; leadership theory applied to design; narrative inquiry; storytelling; design education
Jintu Fan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design; Fiber Science: fiber science
Margaret W Frey - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science Research Interests: fiber formation from renewable resource polymers, particularly cellulose; rheology of polymer solutions; fiber spinning from lyotropic liquid crystalline solutions; solution spinning, melt spinning and electrospinning fibers; relationships between polymer and spinning dope properties and fiber properties
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design; Human Ecology: apparel design
Alan Hedge - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: apparel design; human factors
Concentrations: Human Ecology: apparel design; Fiber Science: fiber science Research Interests: textile nanotechnology and smart fibers
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: history of and visual/cultural studies in textiles and dress
Yong L Joo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science Research Interests: modeling and simulation of spinning processes; nanofiber formation via electrospinning
Tasha Lewis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: apparel design, apparel management
Van Dyk Lewis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: design; fashion; visual ethnography; consumption
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: Asian American art; comparative modernities; contemporary art; East Asian art; history of photography; Islamic art; modern art; Native American and indigenous studies; South Asian art; Southeast Asian art; theory and criticism; visual studies
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science; textile science Research Interests: composite interfaces; high-performance fibers; geotextiles and geosynthetics
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science; textile science Research Interests: textile materials in civil construction; groundwater control; ground strengthening; composite lining systems; underground piping systems
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science; polymer science Research Interests: polymer synthesis; macromolecules with unusual optical and mechanical properties; liquid crystal polymers; dispersion polymerization
Huiju Park - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: functional apparel design; smart clothing development; thermal comfort; mobility evaluation of protective clothing; sports wear design
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science Research Interests: statistical models of fiber bundles; fiber-reinforced composites
Robert Shepherd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Fiber Science: fiber science Research Interests: wearable robotics
Joo Young Shin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: fashion and concept of beauty; contemporary fashion trends; different cultural perspectives on dress
Val Kevin Warke - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Apparel Design: apparel design Research Interests: architectural design; urban design; design theory; genre theory