dha College of Design

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: Functional 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





Director, Apparel Design Program

Apparel Studies track of the Design Graduate Program

Co-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


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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