Brigitte Cluver

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Austin Hall

Austin Hall 459

2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Credentials: 
Ph.D. (2008) Oregon State University Department of Design and Human Environment Emphasis: Human Behavior in the Near Environment, Minor: Business
M.S. (1996) Oregon State University Department of Apparel, Interiors, Housing, and Merchandising Emphasis: Human Behavior in the Near Environment, Minor: Business
B.S. (1993) University of California, Davis Department of Textiles and Clothing

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
College of Business
Research/Career Interests: 

Research Interests

I have been involved in various research projects which utilize the thermal manikin, such as the evaluation of thermal properties of various military helmets. I have also been involved in various research projects related to sustainable textiles.

Area of Specialization

Before becoming a faculty member in Oregon State University’s Department of Design and Human Environment (DHE), I worked in the textile and apparel industry as a textile laboratory technician and was involved in various projects related to textile and apparel product development. My industry experience, coupled with my graduate education led me to my current position. As a DHE faculty member, I teach textile courses and manage DHE’s Textile and Apparel Testing Laboratory (TAPTL). Our facility offers chemical and physical testing of textiles, as well as thermal testing of apparel and related items. As the laboratory manager, I am responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and calibration of all equipment within the laboratory, as it is my responsibility to maintain a fully operational laboratory. I act as a liaison between OSU faculty, faculty from other universities, and industry researchers who are interested in having products tested. Furthermore, I oversee all research projects involving the use of TAPTL’s thermal manikin. I have been involved in various research projects which utilize the thermal manikin, such as the evaluation of thermal properties of various military helmets. I have also been involved in various research projects related to sustainable textiles, as well as textiles used in health care applications. As a DHE faculty member for the past two years, my involvement in research has ranged from research design, data collection, and data analysis, as well as writing journal manuscripts and grant proposals.

 

Sponsored Research:

 

  • Burns, L. and Cluver, B. (2010) Cotton Incorporated 2010 Cotton Education Sponsorship Program. $31,823
  • Chen, H.L. and Cluver, B. (2010) OSU AES Strategic Enabling Investments. $25,060
  • Chen, H.L. and Cluver, B. (2008) L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award. $2,164
  • Cluver, B (2007) Thermal Resistance of Briefs. KGK International Corp. $1,923
  • Cluver, B (2006) Thermal Resistance of Ballistic Helmet Systems. Composite Materials Research and Development. $3,562
  • Chen, H.L. and Cluver, B. (2006) Evaluation of thermal insulative properties of military ballistic helmets by thermal manikin and human physiological and subjective responses. Funding through College of Health and Human Sciences Venture Capital Grant. $17,500
Beyond OSU
Employment: 

Textile and Apparel Performance Testing Laboratory Manager (2005-present)
Department of Design and Human Environment
Oregon State University
Responsibilities: Oversee textile related research projects, oversee contract testing,  develop and maintain the laboratory facility.

Textile Lab Technician (prior to 2005)
Pendleton Woolen Mills and GUESS?, Inc.

Professional Affiliations: 

International Textile and Apparel Association
American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists

My Publications

Journal Articles

Presentations


H. - L. Chen and Cluver, B., Microbiological Resistance of Naturally Colored Cottons, Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association. Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

B. Cluver, Microbiological Degradation of Naturally Colored Cotton Fibers, International Textile and Apparel Association Conference. Schaumburg, IL, 2008.

B. Cluver and Burns, L., Apparel Descriptions in Catalogs and Perceived Risk Associated with Catalog Purchases, Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association. Knoxville, TN, 1997.

Book Chapters


B. Cluver and Chen, H. - L., Evaluation of Military Ballistic Helmets Using a Thermal Manikin.In Thermal Manikin and Modeling, in Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting (6I3M), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2006, pp. 330-335.