Heeju Park

Associate Professor of Apparel Design

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Professor Heeju Park has worked on development of improved performance apparel and smart clothing through multidisciplinary approach and adoption of technologies. Professor Park has pushed the boundaries of apparel design by active collaboration with electrical and computer engineers, bio-mechanists, physiologists, and textile scientists. He recently received Cornell’s Class of 1972 Award for Academic Innovation for 2022. The award is bestowed upon a Cornell professor who has designed a uniquely innovative way of communicating his or her subject matter and who thereby demonstrates Cornell’s commitment to excellence in education. This award is given every 5 years, and is funded and organized by Cornell’s class of 1972.

Previously Professor Park worked at Puma Korea as a retail manager, teamsports product line manager and footwear merchandiser for 5 years (2002- 2007) after obtaining his Master’s degree in Textiles and Clothing at Yonsei University. Professor Park obtained his Ph.D. of Human Science with emphasis on functional apparel design at Oklahoma State University in 2011.

Research
Grants

Over $6 million research funding from various agencies including:

  • Department of Energy

  • USDA

  • US Air Force

  • NASA

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office

Awards &
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Smart Clothing & Sensing Interface

Protective Clothing System

Sportswear

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Gait-Monitoring Fiber Optic Shoe Insole

Source of Funds: Cornell Center for Technology Licensing IGNITE Research Acceleration

Amount Funded: $25,000

Period: 2021 - 2022

Wearable Fiber Optic Performance Monitoring System

Source of Funds: US Air Force

Amount Funded: $49,996 (Sub-award to Park: $15,000)

Period: 2021

Stretchable Optical Lightguides for Sensing Deformation During Parachute Deployment

Source of Funds: NASA

Amount Funded: $10,000

Period: 2020 - 2021

New College Resources for Data Science and Programming Course Development

Source of Funds: College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Amount Requested: $145,250 (Direct cost only)

Period: 2019 - 2022

Optic Lace for Parachute

Source of Funds: NASA

Amount Requested: $52,000 (Sub-award to

Park: $52,000)

Period: 2019 - 2020

Indoor Occupant Counting and Co2 Monitoring Based on RF Backscattering

Source of Funds: Department of Energy

Amount Requested: $1,500,000 (Sub-award to Park: $278,491)

Period: 2018 - 2021

Thermoregulatory Clothing System for Building Energy Saving

Source of Funds: Department of Energy

Amount Requested: $2,996,800 (Sub-award to Park: $450,405)

Period: 2015 - 2018

Development of Face masks for Children for Improved Protection and Non-contaminated Donning/Doffing

Source of Funds: Cornell Atkinson Center

Amount Funded: $10,000

Period: 2020

Evaluation of Civilian Face Masks via Wear Trials

Source of Funds: Cornell Atkinson Center

Amount Funded: $6,488

Period: 2020

Non-Encapsulating NFPA 1994 Class 1 Protective Ensemble

Source of Funds: Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office

Amount Requested: Sub-award to Park at Cornell: $116,245

Period: 2018 - 2020

Anthropometric and Biomechanical Study for Improved Size and Fit of Protective Gear for Farmers and Firefighters

Source of Funds: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA

Amount Requested: $87,090 (Direct cost only)

Period: 2017 - 2020

New Pesticide Applicators Protective Gear for Improved Thermal Comfort and Mobility

Source of Funds: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA

Amount Requested: $89,314 (Direct cost only)

Period: 2016 - 2019

Low Cost, Lightweight, Multi-Functional First Responder Biological Protective Ensemble

Source of Funds: Department of Defense

Amount Requested: Sub-award to Cornell: $84,210

Period: 2016 - 2017

New Clothing System for Improved Heat Stress Relief, Full Body, Liquid Integrity, and Ease of Donning

Source of Funds: United States Agency for International Development

Amount Requested: $650,000 (Sub-award to Cornell: $55,289)

Period: 2015 - 2016

Biomechanic and Anthropometric Assessment on Impact of Firefighters Personal Protective Equipment on Mobility and Body Balance

Source of Funds: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA

Amount Requested: $95,500 (Direct cost only)

Period: 2012 - 2017

Impact of Golf Shoes on Turf Damage

Source of Funds: Department of Energy

Amount Requested: $5,000 (Direct cost only)

Period: 2017 -2018

Investigation of Upper Body Classification for Shaping Wear

Source of Funds: Hanes Group through Cornell Institute for Fashion and Fiber Innovation

Amount Requested: $95,000

Period: 2015 - 2016

Development of Cut Resistant Protective Hockey Shirt

Source of Funds: Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) through CCMR (Center for Cornell Material Research) Jumpstart Program

Amount Requested: $15,000

Period: 2015

Investigation of Active Sportswear Sizing System

Source of Funds: Winds Group through Cornell Institute for Fashion and Fiber Innovation

Amount Requested: $1,800

Period: 2014 - 2015

Engage Youth in Stem Learning and Resource Development Through Innovation in Activewear

Source of Funds: College of Human Ecology and Cornell Cooperative Extension Intern Program

Amount Requested: $4,000

Period: 2013

Active Youth; Activewear; Active Learning

Source of Funds: New York State 4H Foundation

Amount Requested: $7,808

Period: 2013

Migrating for New Habitat

Source of Funds: Cornell Council for Art Grant

Amount Requested: $2,500

Period: 2011 - 2012

P3 Design Award: Proposed Process for Management of Textile Waste From Redesigned Secondhand Clothing Production in Haiti (Phase I)

Source of Funds: Environmental Protection Agency

Amount Requested: $11,922

Period: 2012 - 2013

Second Place Teaching Innovation Award at the 2021 ITAA Conference

2021 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association)

  • Title of Paper: Application of Nudge Theory to Teach Activewear Design and Product Development

  • Professor Huiju Park (Associate Professor of Apparel Design) and his graduate teaching assistant (Lynda Xepoleas) won Second Place Award at the 2021 ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association) Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award

  • The ITAA Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award encourages the development and dissemination of innovative teaching strategies that address emerging issues in the apparel and textile fields. The 2021 Theme was Teaching Innovations During the Pandemic and Beyond.

ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award

2020 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Denver, Colorado

Paper of Distinction Award

2018 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Cleveland, OH.

Title of Paper: Different impacts of Boot Height and Air Bottles on the Mobility of Tall and Short Firefighters (Textile and Apparel Science Track)

Oklahoma State University Rising Star Award

College of Human Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

ITAA Rising Star Award

2015 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nominated for Oklahoma State University Rising Star Alumni Award

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Listed in Who’s Who in America

Nominated for KON/Alumni Advising Award

College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Honorable Mention: P3 Design Award

Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma State University Graduate Research Excellence Award

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

College of Human Science Outstanding Doctoral Student ($ 500)

College of Human Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

'Paper of Distinction' Award

2010 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Title of Paper: Mobility Evaluation of Lower Body Movement Using Motion Capture System while Wearing Ballistic Body Armor (Textile and Apparel Science Track)

Sarah Douglas Fellowship for Promising Doctoral Student

2010 Annual Conference of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Phoenix Award for Oklahoma State University – Outstanding Doctoral Student

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Marguerite Scruggs Research Enrichment Fellowship

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

ATEXINC Excellent Marketable Design Award

2009 Annual Conference and Fiber Art, Design Competition of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), Bellevue, WA

Second Place at American Quilter’s Society Fashion Design Competition

Marguerite Scruggs Research Enrichment Fellowship

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Nominated Candidate for Outstanding Doctoral Student Award of College of Human Environmental Science

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Honorable Mention

The National Little Black Dress Competition, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member of Golden Key International Honor Society

First Place in Paper Presentation, 19th Annual Research Symposium

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

  • Title of Paper: Solar-powered Heating Jacket (Human Environmental Science Track)