dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel

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 2222 Apparel Design Studio II
  • ADes 3223 Apparel Design Studio III
  • ADes 3224 Apparel Design Studio IV     
  • ApSt 5185 Human Factors in Design 

Selected Scholarship

  • L.E. Dunne, G. Gioberto, H. Koo. (2011) A Method of Measuring Garment Movement for Wearable Sensing. Proc. of the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 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) Optical Bend Sensing for Wearable Goniometry: Exploring the Comfort/Accuracy Tradeoff. Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel. 14:4 p73-80.
  • 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.P. Ashdown, B. Smyth. (2005) Expanding Garment Functionality Using Embedded Electronic Technology. Journal of Textiles and Apparel Technology and Management, 4:3
  • 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


  • 2011 College of Design Outstanding Research 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




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featuring Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne


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