Professor Huiju Park
Associate professor of Apparel Design
at the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University
Director of Cornell Performance Apparel Design Lab, Cornell University
Associate Editor of Clothing & Textile Research Journal
Editorial Board Member of Fashion & Textiles
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Professor Huiju 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.
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.
Professor Park, as the PI and a Co-PI, has secured over $6 million in research grants from federal and state funding agencies and fashion industry partners, including the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the United Agency for International Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. His research has been featured in various news media, including Discovery Channel Canada, NPR (National Public Radio) News, and MIT Technology Review.
As a fashion designer, he has 12 juried exhibitions and design awards at international and national design competitions including the 2010 ATEXINC Excellent Marketable Design Award at the International Textile and Apparel Association; and Second Place at the 2009 American Quilter’s Society Fashion Design Competition.
Professor Park has actively mentored Cornell graduate and undergraduate students’ smart clothing projects. He has also co-invented five items of smart clothing (patented) developed in collaboration with Cornell Engineering School. He is currently collaborating with Cornell ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and MAE (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) to develop smart wearable solutions to energy saving, improved thermal comfort and bio-sensing.
As outcomes of his effort, he has published 38 peer-reviewed papers as of 2020. His research and creative designs won numerous awards from international conference and design competitions: 2020 ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award, 2018 Paper of Distinction Award at ITAA, 2016 Oklahoma State University College of Human Science Rising Star Award,2015 ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association) Rising Star Award, 2014 Honorable Mention in P3 Design Award (Environmental Protection Agency), 2012 Oklahoma State University Graduate Research Excellence Award, 2012 Paper of Distinction Award at International Textile and Apparel Association, 2010 Phoenix Award for Oklahoma State University –Outstanding Doctoral Student; 2010ATEXINC Excellent Marketable Design Award at International Textile and Apparel Association, and 2009 Second Place at American Quilter’s Society Fashion Design Competition.