Are there any types of engineering that involve fashion?

Hello, I wanted to know if there are any types of engineering that involve fashion?
posted by Lauren, O'Fallon on December 9, 2013

Answer 1 by Egirl Team

Hi Lauren,

If you get an engineering degree, you probably won't take a course in fashion unless you select it as an elective.  However, there are engineering careers in all sorts of industries, and wearable technology is a hot topic right now.  Nike hires engineers to help design better shoes, and so do lots of other fashion-related companies.  You might be interested in the PhD work of Yu-San Lin who is currently working on a way to combine both passions!

Answer 2 by Jennifer Polivka

The previous answer to your question caught my eye because I am an engineer that work at Nike.  I see a lot of interesting things in my day, such as new materials for shoes that were chosen because they look cool and are perceived as fashionable, but my job is to also ensure that these materials meet certain specifications -- the material has to both look good as well as hold up to all the rigors it faces when put into an actual shoe.

There are also a lot of different kinds of engineers and scientists here at Nike -- materials, mechanical, biomaterial, chemical, industrial, computer science, etc. My boss has her bachelor's degree in aeronautical/astronautical!