Kathy Mullet

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2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
College of Business
Research/Career Interests: 
  • Functional Clothing Design: related to body movement analysis and garmet structures
  • Apparel Production: basic clothing construction with industry emphasis; pattern grading
  • Historic Costume: historic development of sportswear

Sponsored Research:

  • Oregon State University L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award (2009)
    • Received 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 were paid for 30 days in India (Approx $5000)
  • National Institute for Heath R-21 Grant proposal
    • Co Principal Investigators: Chen, HL and Mullet, K
    • Thermal Regulating Garments for Older Population $272,000.(not accepted)
Beyond OSU

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

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)

                  Honors and Awards: 
                  • Costume Society of America (CSA) Fellow (2015)
                  • 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

                  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


                  • 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”
                  My Publications

                  Journal Articles

                  C. Stannard and Mullet, K., Yarn Design Characteristics which Influence Crafters to Consume Either Artisan Brand Yarns or Commercial Yarns,, The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, 3(1-2), 47-63., vol. 3, no. 1-2, pp. 47-63, 2016.


                  K. Mullet and Pedersen, E., Adrian Update, Costume Society of America. San Antonio, 2015.

                  K. Mullet and Jin, H. Jae, The Development of the Young Male Tennis Clothing Prototype, 2012 ITAA Proceedings #69 Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI, USA, 2012.

                  K. Mullet, Orange Beneficence, International Design Conference of Smart Living for Elderly. Taipei Taiwan, 2012.

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

                  K. Mullet and Park, M., Hanbok Sport, 2008 ITAA Proceedings Annual Conference. Schaumburg, IL, 2008.

                  K. Mullet and Pedersen, E., Inspiration India, 2008 ITAA Proceedings Annual Conference. Schaumburg, IL, 2008.

                  E. Pedersen and Mullet, K., Infusing Cross-Cultural Aspects into a Professional Curriculum, 2008 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI, 2008.

                  K. Mullet and Clayton, T., Design of WWII Wedding Dress, ITAA 2007 Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA, 2007.

                  K. Mullet and Parsons, J., Defining Design Research, ITAA Special Topic Presentations. San Antonio, TX, 2006.

                  K. Mullet, From Fabric to Product: Challenges in Design, Meeting Expectations in a High Performance Apparel World AATCC. Research Triangle Park, NC, 2006.

                  K. Mullet and Chen, H. L., Establishing Fit Specifications for Thermal Manikins, Thermal Manikins and Modeling: Papers Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting. Hong Kong, China, 2006.

                  H. L. Chen, Mullet, K., and Culver, B., 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.

                  K. Mullet and Chen, H. L., Thermal Insulation of Three Garment Sleeve Structures, Thermal Manikins and Modeling: Papers Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modeling Meeting. Hong Kong, China, 2006.

                  K. Mullet, Smart Clothing for an Older Population, 30th Annual Oregon State Gerontology Conference. Corvallis, OR, 2006.

                  K. Mullet and Thomas, S., Ir-responsible Design, ITAA Special Topic Presentations. Savannah, GA, 2003.

                  K. Mullet, “Built for Two”, “PFD” and “Breakdown Swimsuit”, Florida State University Tyner Functional Design Exhibit. Tallahassee, FL, 2002.

                  K. Mullet, Diversity in Classroom, Faculty Development Brown Bag series. 2001.

                  K. Mullet, Hot Skin, International Conference on Rural Aging. Charleston, WV, 2000.

                  K. Mullet, Hot Skin, Museum of Science. Boston, MA, 2000.

                  K. Mullet, Hot Skin, Active and Ageless Fashion Show. New York, NY, 1999.

                  K. Mullet, Hot Skin. Live gallery presentation, Annual Meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association. Dallas, TX, 1998.