My research interest is around "Hi-Tech Application on Product Design and Analysis for Human Health and Well-being." More specifically, I do research and teaching on (1) Application of emerging technologies to design and product development (Consumer perception or attitude toward the use of emerging technology; Functional and protective clothing (comfort and fit), especially for aging & obese people, firefighters, and athletics); (2) Virtual product simulation + Digital technology + Consumer (Prototype design and development in virtual worlds; virtual Worlds application to design and product development education; consumer/user perception and decision making process in cyberspace; crowdsourcing approach for product design and development; sustainable product design and development practices via emerging design technologies); and (3) Gerontological aspects of clothing (Clothing as a need satisfier for older person’s successful aging, smart clothing for older adult's healthy aging, usage of 3D body scanning and other associated technologies as an older adult’s health promotion tool, older persons’ attitude toward implementing emerging technologies in their daily life).
I have taught/am teaching various undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of fashion and textile product design and development integrating with emerging design technologies. More specifically, I have taught/am teaching courses in computer-integrated textile and fashion design, fashion forecasting and product development, e-portfolio development, fashion illustration, fashion design studios, sustainable product design and development practices, research methods and statistics (i.e., survey methodology, quantitative research methods, SEM), and a variety of independent studies related with the above topics.
I am skilled at linking diverse fields in the design process, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and interested in applying my interdisciplinary methodology to sustainable design and product development using emerging technologies.
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ITAA Vince Quevedo Award for Best of Show (2021); French European Inc. Innovative Design Award (2021); AU Spirit of Sustainability Award (2021); ITAA VP of Operations (2021-2023); ITAA Paper of Distinction Award (2020-CB Track); ITAA Paper of Distinction Award (2020-DPD Track); EFI Optitex Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019); ITAA Paper of Distinction Award (2017-TAS Track); ITAA Paper of Distinction Award (2019-PED Track); ITAA Service Award (2018); Fashion and Textiles Best Paper Award: Humanities/social sciences area (2018); Best Paper Award in Professional Issues in FCSRJ (2018); ITAA Paper of Distinction Award (2017-TAS Track); ESRAP Research Award (2017); 2016-2017 Cohort of Iowa State University’s Emerging Leaders Academy; ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award (2016); CTRJ Outstanding Reviewer Award (2016); ESRAP Award for Sustainable Design (2016); Best of Show, Professional Design Category: Apparel Design, Clothing, & Wearable Art, AAFCS Design Showcase & Exhibition (2016); Outstanding Paper Winner in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for the paper (2015); Invited keynote speaker at the TBIS-APCC International Symposium (2016, 2014); US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award Winner (2014); EPA P3 Award (2013-2014); US Department of Justice Phase I Body Armor Challenge Award (2013); Wakonse Fellow for Teaching (2012); ISU College of Human Sciences Faculty Award for Early Achievement in Research (2012); Nominee for the ITAA Rising Star Award (2010 & 2011); Big 12 Faculty Fellowship (2009); ITAA Best Paper Award (2010-DPD Track, 2006-SPA Track); ITAA Fairchild Publications Textile and Apparel Faculty Grant Award (2009); ITAA Best Paper Award in the Social/Psychological track (2006) and MORE
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) , Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, Surface Design Association (SDA), and MORE