Kathy K. Mullet

Associate Professor

Department: School of Design & Human Environment
Office: 222 Milam Hall
Phone: 541.737.3818
Email: kathy.mullet@oregonstate.edu


Research Interests:

  • Functional Clothing Design: related to body movement analysis and garment structures
  • Apparel Production: basic clothing construction with industry emphasis; pattern grading
  • Historic Costume: historic development of sportswear

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Education

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, VA (1991) Major: Clothing and Textiles; dissertation The Effect of Shoulder Position on Four Sleeve/Bodice Structures; concentration in areas of ergonomics and apparel design

M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, VA (1984) Major: Clothing and Textiles; thesis Kayaker's Paddling Jacket: a Needs Assessment; concentration in textile testing, biomechanical analysis and apparel design

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, VA (1980) Major: Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts, Major: Fashion Merchandising, concentration in Business

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Employment

Academic Experience:

2004-present: Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Department of Design and Human Environment

1992- 2004 Associate Professor, Radford University, Radford VA.
Department of Interior Design and Fashion

1986-1992 Assistant Professor, Radford University, Radford, VA
Department of Fashion

1984-1986 Instructor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, VA
Department of Clothing and Textiles

1981-1982 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, VA

Professional Experience:

1984-present Consultant: Worked with various companies in the development of specialty products.

  • Innovative Sports, Eugene, OR development of heated sleeve designs for quarterbacks
  • Radford University, Radford, VA: design of women’s track uniforms
  • Radford University, Radford, VA: sourcing and design of marching band uniforms
  • Concept Interiors, Roanoke VA: development of chair slipcover pattern for production
  • Perception, Inc., Easley, SC: design of paddling jackets, shorts and sizing specifications
  • Wildness Systems, High Point, NC: flotation vests and dry bags
  • Misty Mountain Threadworks, Inc., Boone, NC: rock climbing apparel

1982-1984 Owner, K Kraft, Salem, VA: designed and manufactured custom kayak gear
1980-1982 Sales Associate, The Stable, Roanoke, VA. Sales of specialty men’s wear

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Service

University Activities and Committees

Oregon State University
Department:

  • Apparel Design Program coordinator
  • AIU Faculty Liaison for study abroad
  • Apparel Design scholarship Coordinator
  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching Committee

College/University:

  • Center for Healthy Aging –researcher for Smart clothing
  • Nanotechnology-researcher for thermal regulation of body and clothing
  • College of Health and Human Science “Teaching Star”

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Publications

Journal Articles

Mullet, K., and M. Park, "A cross-cultural Design Framework for Apparel Design", Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, vol. 4, 2010.

Conference Papers

Pedersen, E., and K. Mullet, "Infusing cross-cultural aspects into a professional curriculum", Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, 2008.

Presentations

Mullet, K., and H. J. Jin, "The Development of the Young Male Tennis Clothing Prototype", 2012 ITAA Proceedings #69 Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2012.
Mullet, K., "Orange Beneficence", International Design Conference of Smart Living for Elderly, Taipei Taiwan, 2012.
Mullet, K., C. Stannard, and K. Reddy-Best, "Integrating Historical Research into the Apparel Design Studio", 2012 ITAA Proceedings #69 Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, 2012.
Mullet, K., and T. Tung, "Design Criteria of Type IV Body armor for Women", ITAA 2009 Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA, 2010.
Mullet, K., "Design of High Tech Sportswear: which is more important the function or the fashion?", Seoul: Proceedings of the Yonsei 125th Anniversary International Symposium, 2010.
Mullet, K., and M. Park, "Hanbok Sport Cross Cultural Design Process", 2009 CSA 35th National Symposium, Tempe AZ, 2009.
Mullet, K., and E. Pedersen, "Inspiration India", 2008 ITAA Proceedings Annual Conference, Schaumburg, IL, 2008.
Mullet, K., and M. Park, "Hanbok Sport", 2008 ITAA Proceedings Annual Conference, Schaumburg, IL, 2008.
Mullet, K., and M. Park, "Cross-cultural Design Process for Apparel Design", ITAA 2008 Annual Meeting, Schaumburg, IL, 2008.
Pedersen, E., and K. Mullet, "Infusing Cross-Cultural Aspects into a Professional Curriculum", 2008 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, 2008.
Mullet, K., and T. Clayton, "Design of WWII Wedding Dress", ITAA 2007 Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.
Mullet, K., and J. Parsons, "Defining Design Research", ITAA Special Topic Presentations, San Antonio, TX, 2006.
Mullet, K., "From Fabric to Product: Challenges in Design", Meeting Expectations in a High Performance Apparel World AATCC, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2006.
Mullet, K., and H. Chen, "Establishing Fit Specifications for Thermal Manikins", Thermal Manikins and Modeling: Papers Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting, Hong Kong, China, 2006.
Chen, H., K. Mullet, and B. Culver, "Evaluation of Military Ballistic Helmets Using a Thermal Manikin", Thermal Manikins and Modeling: Papers Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting, Hong Kong, China, 2006.
Mullet, K., and H. Chen, "Thermal Insulation of Three Garment Sleeve Structures", Thermal Manikins and Modeling: Papers Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting, Hong Kong, China, 2006.
Mullet, K., "Evaluation of Three Garment Sleeve Structures", ITAA 2006 Annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2006.
Mullet, K., "Evaluation of Three Garment Sleeve Structures", ITAA 2006 Annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2006.
Mullet, K., "Smart Clothing for an Older Population", 30th Annual Oregon State Gerontology Conference, Corvallis, OR, 2006.
Mullet, K., and S. Thomas, "Ir-responsible Design", ITAA Special Topic Presentations, Savannah, GA, 2003.
Mullet, K., "“Built for Two”, “PFD” and “Breakdown Swimsuit”", Florida State University Tyner Functional Design Exhibit, Tallahassee, FL, 2002.
Mullet, K., "Support for History of Costume Classes in Which they are Located", CSA Educators' Group annual meeting, Providence, RI, 2001.
Mullet, K., "Diversity in Classroom", Faculty Development Brown Bag series, 2001.
Mullet, K., "Hot Skin", International Conference on Rural Aging, Charleston, WV, 2000.
Mullet, K., "Hot Skin", Museum of Science, Boston, MA, 2000.
Mullet, K., "Hot Skin", Active and Ageless Fashion Show, New York, NY, 1999.
Mullet, K., "Apparel Designs for the +55 Consumer", 1998 ITAA Annual meeting, Dallas, TX, 1998.
Mullet, K., "Hot Skin. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Dallas, TX, 1998.
Mullet, K., "Two for One", 1997 ITAA international meeting, Lyon France, 1997.
Mullet, K., "Integrating Functional Apparel Into the Marketplace", 1997 West Virginia Conference on Aging, Charleston, WV, 1997.
Mullet, K., "Built for Two. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Banaff, AB, 1996.
Mullet, K., "Draping Project: a Bed Sheet", 1995 ITAA Annual meeting, Pasadena, CA, 1995.
Mullet, K., "Air Control. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Pasadena, CA, 1995.
Mullet, K., "Tenth Mountain. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, San Francisco, CA, 1991.
Mullet, K., "PFD: Personal Flotation Design. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Denver, CO, 1990.
Mullet, K., "Breakdown Swimsuit. Live gallery presentation", Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Atlanta, GA, 1989.

Books

Burns, L., K. Mullet, and N. Bryant, "The Business of Fashion: Designing, Manufacturing and Marketing", New York: Fairchild Books, issue 4th, New York, NY, pp. 585, 2011.
Mullet, K., L. Burns, and N. Bryant, "Business of Fashion, 4th Edition", Fairchild Publications, New York, New York, 2011.
Mullet, K., "Instructor’s Guide Concepts of Pattern Grading", Fairchild Publications, New York, New York, 2009.
Mullet, K., C. Moore, and M. Young, "Concepts of Pattern Grading 2nd edition", Fairchild Publications, New York, New York, 2009.

Miscellaneous

Mullet, K., "Design of High Tech Sportswear: which is more important the function or the fashion?", Proceedings of the Yonsei 125th Anniversary International Symposium, Seoul, pp. 37-46, 2010.

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Professional Affiliations

ITAA International Textile and Apparel Association (member 1980-present):

  • Officer Position: Vice President of Planning (2007-2010)
  • Committees:
    • Design Competition Committee: Chair (1991-93)
    • Design and Aesthetics Committee (1991-2004) Chair 1994-2000
    • Interdisciplinary Action Committee (2000-2004) Chair 2003-05
    • Teaching and Innovations Resource Committee (1997-99)
    • Hospitality Committee (1994, 1980)
    • Membership Committee (1991-92)
    • Registration Committee (1989-90)
    • Public Relations Committee (1988)
  • Sub-Committees and workshops:
    • Special sub-committee for 1999 United Nations Year of the Older Person (1997-2000)
    • ITAA Future Visioning Meeting- Ft Collins CO (1998)
    • Curricular Development & Review Committee: work on Core Competencies for Textile, Design and Merchandising Programs –(1994)

CSA Costume Society of America (member 1993-present):

  • Officer Positions:
    • Vice President of Education and Programs (2010-2012)
    • National Treasurer (2000-2006)
    • Assistant Treasurer (2004-06)
    • National Board Member (2004-2010)
  • Committees:
    • Nominating Committee Chair (2008-2010)
    • Design Research Committee (2006-07)
    • Development Chair (2004-2006)
    • Developed and Conducted Membership survey for CSA-via internet June 2003
    • Region VI Symposium Coordinator, Abington, VA July 2001
    • Editor- Symposium Abstracts (1997-2000)

AATCC - American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists (member 1986-90; 2006-present)

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Sponsored Research

  • Oregon State University L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award (2009)
    • receive Computer training for CAD software $2200
  • Oregon State University Technical Resource Funds (2009)
    • Purchase new sewing equipment for Apparel Design Studios $5559
  • Oregon State University Technical Resource Funds (2008)
    • purchase of Optitiex CAD software for two Instructors $3500
  • Fulbright-Hays Group project (2006-07)
    • “Fabric of Indian Life” competitive application process; 27 applications 18 accepted.
    • Travel and Lodging expenses where paid for 30 days in India (Approx $5000)
  • National Institute for Heath R-21 Grant proposal
    • Co Principle Investigators: Chen, HL and Mullet, K
    • Thermal Regulating Garments for Older Population
    • $272,000.(not accepted)

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Honors and Awards

  • Oregon State University Student Learning and Teamwork Award (2008)
    • Given to all members of the Design and Human Environment Department for conducting annual Career Symposium for students
  • Apparel Magazine All-Star ( 2007)
    • Nominated by ITAA as a distinguished educator in the Apparel industry
  • College of Health and Human Services Teaching Star (2006)
    • Recognition in teaching

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