Academic journal article Human Ecology

New FSAD Chair Shares Big Ideas for Weaving Fashion and Technology

Academic journal article Human Ecology

New FSAD Chair Shares Big Ideas for Weaving Fashion and Technology

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Jintu Fan, an innovator in textile science and design and developer of the world's first sweating fabric manikin, joined the College of Human Ecology Jan. 1 as professor and chair of the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD).

Most recently associate head and professor of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Fan is the first of three anticipated Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellows in the college. Jim Morgan '60, MBA '63, and Becky Quinn Morgan '60 gave $10 million to Cornell last fall in part to support such strategic faculty hires.

"Bringing Jintu Fan to our college is a major step toward bridging the technical interface of fiber science and apparel design in an increasingly competitive field," said Alan Mathios, dean of the College of Human Ecology.

Fan answered questions recently about his wide-ranging vision for the department and how, he said, "FSAD research, teaching, and outreach can benefit the greater public through the improvement of human conditions and performance, enrichment of life with new fiber arts and fashion innovations, and new business opportunities in related industries."

What factors attracted you to the college?

I was attracted to Cornell because it is a renowned university with a proud history, and it is the only university in the Ivy League with a program in fiber science and apparel design. I like the College of Human Ecology because it cuts through the traditional boundaries of disciplines, yet focuses on what is important to human conditions. The trans-disciplinary nature of the college offers tremendous opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilization.

What stands out to you about FSAD?

Although FSAD is a relatively small academic department, it covers perhaps the broadest range of expertise--from fiber to fashion. Our faculty and students are very talented and dedicated to excellence.

What are your main research interests?

I am interested in understanding the interaction between the human body, clothing, and the environment, with a view of developing clothing to enhance the wearers' functional performance and aesthetic appearance. In particular, I am focused on two fundamental areas--comfort and beauty--through multidisciplinary approaches. In regard to comfort, I am interested in the objective evaluation of thermal comfort and the engineering of materials and garments to improve comfort. …

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