Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Student Research Recognition

Our AMM Students Work On Some Very Interesting Projects

Foley, T. (2017). Apparel Product Development using Industry Technology. The 5th Annual Student Research, Scholarship, andCreative Activity (RSCA) Conference. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, Mar, 2017.

Win, C. (Submitted, June 2017). Architectural and Aesthetic Concrete from Recycled Plastic Bottles. 2017 Annual Conference, International Textiles and Apparel Association. St. Petersburg, Florida, Nov, 2017.

Johnson, Jacob and Klein, Lindsey. (2016, November). Designer’s Role on Eco-Labeling of Apparel Products. Poster presented the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research, Riverside, CA.

Murphy, Kristen and Elena Rhodes. (2016, March). Acceptance of Aerobic Apparel with Heating and Icing Capabilities. Poster presented at the Cal Poly Pomona Student RSCA Conference, Pomona, CA.


Her paper on this project - Comparative Analysis of Mechanical Properties for Pointe Shoe Fabrications" - has been accepted by the AATCC Journal of Research and appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.  Dr. Che and Dr. Regan are co-authors on the paper.


Congratulations to our AMM Students (Emily Hilario, Zachary Thomas, Seth Vallejo) whose research posters have been accepted in the 3rd Annual Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference on March 6, 2015.  Read more about their projects below.

Student: Emily Hilario                 Mentor(s): Dr. Cynthia Regan

Title: Improved designs in reflective running apparel 

Synopsis: The goals of this research show the need for improved reflective running apparel by determining female runners preferences on design preference and visibility.

 Abstract: Running at night can pose more safety hazards than health benefits without wearing the right reflective wear. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, nearly one-third of pedestrian fatalities occur between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. (Nation Traffic Safety Administration, 2014). These times of low light or dark conditions make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians on the street. There is a need for improved designs in current reflective running apparel that can enhance safety for runners. The goals of this research show the need for improved reflective running apparel by determining female runner’s preferences on design preference and visibility. To further advance this study, a questionnaire was created to test female runner’s preference on design attributes and perceptions on visibility during low-light conditions. This questionnaire was given to selected female runners in two Southern California fitness gyms located in Corona, California. Over ninety three percent of female participants felt that new designs in reflective running apparel could strongly improve visibility during low-light conditions. Based on the results female runners preferred reversible reflective garments, reflective trim, and customizable hoods. Female runners pose a danger to themselves and others when running without reflective running apparel during low light conditions. Creating a reflective running garment is important because of the high amount of pedestrian related accidents. New designs in reflective apparel could greatly improve safety for runners that exercise during hours of low light.


Name: Zachary Thomas      Co-presenter(s): Seth Vallejo          Mentor(s): Dr. Cynthia L Regan

 Title: Examining the Need for New Fabrications and Textile Advancements in Commuter Cycling Apparel

 Synopsis: Functional design and the incorporation of performance fabrics, and fabric finishes that could assist in comfort for a cyclist on and off the bike.

 Abstract: When one thinks of a cyclist, what typically comes to mind is spandex skin suit, tight shorts, and a jerseys; but with the rise of cycling around the world as a means of transportation, there is a growing need for functional apparel that can be worn both on and off the bike. The purpose of study was to analyze smart design cues with the incorporation of performance fabrics, and fabric finishes that could assist in comfort for a cyclist on and off the bike. A literature review revealed multiple problems with the current offering commuter cycling apparel, as a result, the researchers developed a 15-question questionnaire that asked commuter cyclists their opinions on what they felt was most important in commuter cycling apparel. Results revealed that current commuter apparel does not meet the needs of commuters in terms of performance and conflicts with a rider’s personal style or uniform. Additional findings from a personal interview revealed that commuter cyclists would be interested in fabrics that have technical and performance attributes akin to athletic wear yet can be worn of the bike in a causal or business setting. Although this study presented new understandings into what is needed for commuter cycling fabric characteristics, it should be noted that this research was conducted with a small sample of cyclists and potential cyclists in southern California.