dha College of Design

Faculty Profile: Lucy E. Dunne

Lucy E. Dunne, Ph.D.

Specialties & Expertise

  • Apparel Design
  • Functional Apparel
  • Smart Clothing/Wearable Technology

Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching

  • ADES 3224 Apparel Design Studio IV: Funcational Apparel Design 
  • ADES 3227 Technical Design Studio   
  • ApSt 5185 Human Factors in Design 

Selected Scholarship

  • Watkins, S.M. and Dunne, L.E. (2015) Functional Clothing Design: Sportswear to Space Suits. New York: Fairchild Books.

  • Dunne, L.E., Simon, C., and Gioberto, G. (2015) E-Textiles in the Apparel Factory: Leveraging Cut-And-Sew Technology Toward the Next Generation of Smart Garments. In Barfield, Thomas, and Martin (Eds.), Fundamentals of Wearable Computers and Augmented Reality, 2nd edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press  

  • Dunne, L.E. (2015) Technology and Sustainable Futures. In Hethorn and Ulasewicz (Eds.), Sustainable Fashion: What’s Next? A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities, 2nd Edition. New York: Fairchild Books. 

  • Dunne, L.E., Profita, H., and Zeagler, C. (2014) Social Aspects of Wearability and Interaction. In Sasznov, and Neuman (Eds.), Wearable Sensors: Fundamentals, Implementation, and Application. (pp. 25-44) New York: Elsevier.  

  • Gioberto, G., and Dunne, L.E. (2014) Garment-Integrated Bend Sensor. Electronics, 3(4), 564-581. 

  • Dunne, L.E., Morris, K., Reich, J., Ramaswamy, H., Ashdown, S.P., Kozen, F., and Coffman, C. (2015) Fashion meets Space Travel: Engaging Girls in STEM through Functional Apparel Design. Proc. of the International Conference on Environmental Systems. Seattle, WA. 

  • Carton, A., and Dunne, L.E. (2013) Tactile Distance Feedback for Firefighters: Design and Preliminary Evaluation of a Sensory Augmentation Glove. Proc. of the ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human Conference. Stuttgart, Germany.  

  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Wearable Technology. In Welters and Lilethun, Eds. The Fashion Reader, 2nd Edition. New York, Berg.

  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Beyond the Second Skin: An Experimental Approach to Addressing Garment Style and Fit Variables in the Design of Sensing Garments. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, 3:3 p109-117.

  • L.E. Dunne. (2010) Smart Clothing in Practice: Key Design Barriers to Commercialization. Fashion Practice, 2:1 p41-66.

  • L.E. Dunne, P. Walsh, B. Smyth, and B. Caulfield. (2008) Wearable Monitoring of Seated Spinal Posture. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2:2 p97-105. 

  • L.E. Dunne and B. Smyth. (2007) Psychophysical Elements of Wearability. Proc. of Computer Human Interaction, San Jose, CA.  

  • L.E. Dunne, S. Brady, D. Diamond, B. Smyth. (2005) Initial Development and Testing of a Novel Foam-Based Pressure Sensor for Wearable Sensing. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2:4 



  • 2015 Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal "Titan of Technology" Award

  • 2013 NASA Silver Achievement Medal

  • 2013 NSF CAREER Award 

  • 2012 Lectra Innovation Award for Teaching

  • 2012 International Textiles and Apparel Association Rising Star Award

  • 2011 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

  • 2010 Lectra Innovation Award for Faculty Research

  • 2007 Corscience Young Investigator Award




Associate Professor and

Director, Apparel Design Program

Director, Wearable Technology Lab


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

356 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136




Invention Spotlight: vibrotactile gloves

featuring Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne


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