Fiber Science and Apparel Design

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15; spring, Oct. 1

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations and recommendation forms
  • GRE general test (not required for MPS)
  • GRE writing assessment (not required for MPS)
  • pre-application for M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. applicants; request form from field via e-mail
  • portfolio for Apparel Design applicants

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Apparel Design (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Fiber Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Human Ecology (M.P.S.)

Major concentrations

  • apparel design
  • fiber science
  • polymer science
  • textile science

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.

Application:
Admission is based on evidence of potential for advanced study. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores, including written assessment. The written assessment will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL test scores. Those foreign students who recently received undergraduate and/or advanced degrees in creditable U.S. academic institutions are waived the TOEFL requirement, provided they demonstrate proficiency in English communication. Preapplications are required for M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs; forms are available from the address above. Applicants to the Ph.D. program in fiber science should have an M.S. degree in textile chemistry, textile science, polymer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, or a similar discipline. Applicants who do not have an appropriate M.S. degree should apply to the M.S./Ph.D. program. Applicants who want to pursue studies in apparel design may be required to submit a portfolio to the Director of Graduate Studies, if their research interests involve a design component.

Susan Ashdown -- Concentrations: apparel design; textile science; Research interests: functional apparel design; sizing and fit of apparel; computer applications in the apparel industry
Chih-Chang Chu -- Concentrations: 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 -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: creative theory; design process and methods; leadership theory applied to design; narrative inquiry; storytelling; design education
Jintu Fan -- Concentrations: apparel design; fiber science; Research interests:
David Feathers -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: apparel design; anthropometry; applied 3D human-body measurements; human factors and ergonomics; universal design
Margaret Frey -- Concentrations: 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
Denise Green -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests:
Alan Hedge -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: apparel design; human factors
Juan Hinestroza -- Concentrations: fiber science; Research interests: textile nanotechnology and smart fibers
Yong Joo -- Concentrations: fiber science; polymer science; Research interests: modeling and simulation of spinning processes; nanofiber formation via electrospinning
Ann Lemley -- Concentrations: polymer science; textile science; Research interests: textile dyes; toxic substances in water
Van Dyk Lewis -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: design; fashion; visual ethnography; consumption
Tasha Lewis -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: apparel design, apparel management
Kaja McGowan -- Concentrations: 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
Anil Netravali -- Concentrations: fiber science; polymer science; textile science; Research interests: composite interfaces; high-performance fibers; geotextiles and geosynthetics
Thomas O'Rourke -- Concentrations: fiber science; polymer science; textile science; Research interests: textile materials in civil construction; groundwater control; ground strengthening; composite lining systems; underground piping systems
S. Kay Obendorf -- Concentrations: fiber science; polymer science; textile science; Research interests: fiber microscopy and spectroscopy; textile chemistry; detergency and surface analysis
Christopher Ober -- Concentrations: fiber science; polymer science; Research interests: polymer synthesis; macromolecules with unusual optical and mechanical properties; liquid crystal polymers; dispersion polymerization
Huiju Park -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: functional apparel design; smart clothing development; thermal comfort; mobility evaluation of protective clothing; sports wear design
Stuart Phoenix -- Concentrations: fiber science; Research interests: statistical models of fiber bundles; fiber-reinforced composites
Val Warke -- Concentrations: apparel design; Research interests: architectural design; urban design; design theory; genre theory

Aspirational Goals

Cornell University has developed a set of core aspirational goals—competencies expected of all Cornell graduates that may not have explicit measurement scales.  Many of these aspirational goals have been incorporated into the proficiencies established above.  In addition, the following aspirational goals are expected of all research degree degree recipients.  In Apparel Design these will be assessed by counting instances of occurance.

* Engage in formal or informal teaching with k-12, undergraduate or corporate populations 

* Present results to broader professional audiences via peer reviewed papers or papers/posters presented at conferences or exhibitions.

* Explore interconnections

   o Focus on plural contexts and cultures

   o Respect research in other areas

   o Understand and articulate the impact of research on society

Learn more about the graduate field of fiber science and apparel design assessment plan.