Dr. Ellen McKinney is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Clothing, Textiles, andInterior Design at the University of Alabama. Her research centers on designing better wornproducts for human users. Expertise areas include apparel designand product development, patternmaking, 3D scanning, functional design for targeted users, creative design process,wearable technology, and adaptive apparel design.
Dr.Rachel Eikeis an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, andHospitality Management at Iowa State University.Her research centers onhuman factors regarding creative and functional apparel, while consideringenvironmental impactsof design decision–making practices to promote sustainability. Dr. Eikeconducts design–based research to help improve people’s lives through the functionalityof their clothing and products.