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Susan Sokolowski, PhD

DIRECTOR+ ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Susan Sokolowski, PhD, has over 25 years of performance sporting goods experience, working cross-functionally between footwear, apparel and equipment in creative and strategic roles. Her work is holistic in nature, where consideration of the athlete’s body form, performance, psychology, sport, materials and styling are addressed to develop game-changing innovation solutions. She is specifically focused on issues surrounding design of products for underserved populations, including women, children, and disabled athletes. Susan has been recognized internationally for her achievements in design and innovation, including over 40 utility and design patents, awards from Nike, the United States Olympic Committee and Volvo, and featured product design in Sports Illustrated, Vogue and the Design Museum London. A motivational coach and mentor, Susan is committed to inspiring students in product design, development and business. Susan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (PhD), Cornell University (MA) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (BFA).

CONSULTING AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Innovation + design strategy                          •  Product innovation (footwear, apparel + equipment)
  • 3D body scanning + anthropometry                •  Product sizing + fit

  • Design methods + standards                          •  Applied materials research

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Chapters in a Book or Monograph:

Sokolowski, S. L., Ende, E. & Fretz, M. (2021). Manual wheelchair design to improve user safety, comfort and aesthetics for

the aging population. Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2021. In-press.

Sokolowski, S. L., Clausen, A. & Fretz, M. (2021). Modernizing the walking cane to integrate ergonomics and wayfinding

technology to improve aesthetics and functionality for <55-year-old users. Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2021. In-press.

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Calabrese, D. & Fretz, M. (2021). Development of a mobile planter structure to enable ease of use and

enjoyment for the aging gardener. Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2021. In-press.

Sokolowski, S. L., Griffin, L., Juhnke, B., Pokorny, C. & Bettencourt, C. (2020). Qualitative survey methodology and data collection for performance glove design and fit. Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design. In: Di Bucchianico G., Shin C., Shim S., Fukuda S., Montagna G., Carvalho C. (eds) Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1202. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51194-4_75

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Anderson, C. & Klecker, S. (2020). How sport-specific hand positioning can inform glove and mitt design. In: Di Bucchianico G., Shin C., Shim S., Fukuda S., Montagna G., Carvalho C. (eds) Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1202. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51194-4_76

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Bettencourt, C. & Null, J. (2020). Investigation of 3D functional grip shape to design products for dog walking and hiking. In: Di Bucchianico G., Shin C., Shim S., Fukuda S., Montagna G., Carvalho C. (eds) Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1202. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51194-4_78

Juhnke, B., Pokorny, C., Griffin, L. & Sokolowski, S. (2020). Lend a hand for 3D scans: Scanning methodology and data collection for tool and glove design. In: Di Bucchianico G., Shin C., Shim S., Fukuda S., Montagna G., Carvalho C. (eds) Advances in Industrial Design. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1202. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51194-4_74

Sokolowski, S. L., & Hoegsted, C. T. (2019). The application of the performance hand wear and tools innovation approach: road cycling gloves. Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 105–111. https://doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20470-9_13

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Griffin, L., & Silbert, J. (2019). The variability of U.S. women’s plus size product sizing and self-identified size 18 bodies. Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 124–133. https://doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20470-9_15

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2018). Product branding + performance running footwear design: A case study of macro to micro branding. In A. Sundar (Ed.), Brand Touch Points. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers. https://novapublishers.com/shop/brand-touchpoints/

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2018). Chapter 5: The influence of sport on luxury apparel. In J. Hawley, N. Cassill, & K. McGowan (Eds.), Monograph #12, The Future of Luxury, International Textile and Apparel Association. https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa_proceedings-180814-382 

 

Sokolowski, S. L., & Winkler, J. (2018). The future of footwear design & lasts: Do we now really need them? Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 9–15. https://doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94601-6_2

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Cantrell, N., & Griffin, L. (2018). Firefighting turnout boots: How a human factors approach can improve performance. Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 59–67. https://doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94601-6_8

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Griffin, L., Carufel, R., & Kim, N. (2018). Drawing hands for glove design: does the data match-up? Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, 68–77. https://doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94601-6_9

 

Sokolowski, S. (2010). Dress for recreational sports and professional sports. Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. https://doi:10.2752/bewdf/edch3043

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2004). Sneakers. In V. Steele (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. New York: Scribner’s. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474264716.0014132 

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2004) Sport uniforms. In V. Steele (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. New York: Scribner’s. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474264716.0014132  

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

McKinney, E., Morris, K., Wu, Y., Griffin, L., Sokolowski, S., Carufel, R. & Park, J. (2020). Firewomen’s fit problems with their coats and pants: Impact on mobility and safety. Journal of WORK. In-press.

Sokolowski, S. L. (2020). Book Review. Human Body: A wearable product designer's guide. Fashion Practice. In-press. https://doi.org/10.1080/17569370.2020.1823625 

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2020). The development of a performance hand wear and tools product innovation framework. Fashion and Textiles, 7, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40691-020-0205-1

 

Sokolowski, S. L. & Griffin, L. (2020). Women’s leather protective work wear gloves: A comparative pilot study between 3D hand scans, product specifications and sizing.

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2019). Sports Industry Meets Academia: The pedagogical development of an MS degree program in sports product design. Technology & Innovation, 20(3), 165–177. https://doi:10.21300/20.3.2019.165

LaBat, K. L. & Sokolowski, S. L. (1999). A three-stage design process applied to an industry-university textile product design project. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 17(1), 11–20. https://doi:10.1177/0887302x9901700102

 

Peer Reviewed Full Papers in Conference Proceedings:

Sokolowski, S. L. (2021). Understanding footwear traction performance to reduce the risk of indoor falls and improve mobility for the aging population. Sixty-fifth international annual meeting of the human factors and ergonomics society (HFES),Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Under review.

Sokolowski, S. L. & Bettencourt, C. (2020). Modification of the Female Figure Identification Technique (FFIT) Formulas to Include Plus Size Bodies. Proceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2019 - 11th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 17-18 November 2020. https://doi.org/10.15221/20.22.

 

Sokolowski, S. L. and Griffin, L. (2020). Method to develop a better performance glove pattern block using 3D hand anthropometry. Sixty-fourth International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES): Design, Chicago, Illinois, USA. https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181320641242

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Silbert, J., & Griffin, L. (2019). How the U.S. sport performance apparel industry sizes up to female plus bodies. Proceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2019 - 10th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-23 Oct. 2019. https://doi.org/10.15221/19.222  

 

Sokolowski, S. L., & Meyer, Z. (2019). A product design approach to prosthetic design: A case study. 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. https://doi:10.1115/dmd2019-3304

 

Sokolowski, S. L., Griffin, L., & Chandrasekhar, S. (2018). Current technology landscape for collecting hand anthropometric data. Proceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2018 - 9th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 16-17 Oct. 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.15221/18.142

 

Sokolowski, S. L. (2016). The development of engineering criteria for the design of a sports bra, for the plus sized athlete. Second International Conference in Sports Science & Technology, Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

 

Peer Reviewed Product Design Exhibitions & Performances:

Sokolowski, S. L. (2019, December 20-22). Sports product design meets the Nutcracker. Performance jacket for Nutcracker ballet musical conductor Brian McWhorter. Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon, USA

 

 

Utility Patents

February

2021

System and device for affecting drag properties of an object .

July

2020

System and device for affecting drag properties of an object .

April

2019

Recovery tight with preconfigured compression zones and integrated structure patterns.

November 2017

Articles of apparel providing enhanced body position feedback.

January 2016

Sports garments with enhanced visual and/or moisture management properties.

December 2014

Layered apparel with attachable and detachable elements.

April 2014

Moisture management support garment with a denier differential mechanism.

December 2013

Dance shoe.

August 2013

Article of footwear having an upper with a structured intermediate layer.

June 2013

Footwear with integrated biased heel fit device.

May 2013

Grooved support sport bra.

September 2012

Lightweight enhanced modesty sports bra cup.

July

2012

Article of footwear having an upper with a structured intermediate layer.

April

2012

Dance shoe.

October 2011

Footwear structure with textile upper member.

May

2011

Midsole element for an article of footwear.

September 2010

Article of footwear having an upper with a structured intermediate layer.

January 2010

Midsole element for an article of footwear.

October 2005

Portion of a shoe midsole.

May

2005

Protective weightlifting glove.

December 2004

Portion of a shoe midsole.

December

2020

System and device for affecting drag properties of an object .

December 2019

Moisture management support garment with a denier differential mechanism.

August 2018

Sports garments with enhanced visual and/or moisture management properties.

June

2017

Moisture management support garment with a denier differential mechanism.

February 2015

Article of footwear having a flat knit upper construction or other upper construction.

June

2014

Article of footwear having a flat knit upper construction or other upper construction.

March 2014

US 9,241,516

Article of apparel providing enhanced body position feedback.

November 2013

Footwear structure with textile upper member.

July 2013

Athletic bra.

June 2013

US 9,241,516

Midsole element for an article of footwear.

December 2012

Articles of apparel providing enhanced body position feedback.

July

2012

Article of footwear having a flat knit upper construction or other upper construction.

April

2012

Dance shoe.

March

2012

Athletic bra.

September 2011

Footwear with integrated biased heel fit device.

May

2011

Gymnastics footwear.

March

2010

Dance shoe.

December 2009

Midsole element for an article of footwear.

February 2008

Midsole element for an article of footwear.

September 2005

Glove with a web structure.

January 2005

Portion of a shoe midsole.

November 2004

Portion of a shoe midsole.