Yingying Wu

Yingying Wu

Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Director

Contact Information

320 Justin Hall



  • Ph.D. in Apparel Design, Cornell University, United States (2016)
  • M.Phil. in Textile and Fashion Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China (2012)
  • B.Eng. in Fashion Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Zhejiang, China (2009)

Courses Taught

  • FASH 410 Fashion Production II
  • FASH 610 Computer-Aided Design of Fashion
  • FASH 655 Flat Pattern
  • FASH 670 Pre-Production Technologies


Dr. Wu serves as an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the Department of Interior Design and Fashion Studies at Kansas State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2016, following an M.Phil. from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012.

A trailblazer in her field, Dr. Wu is known for her innovative application of 1) computational methodologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 2) state-of-the-art digital technologies, such as 3D body scanning and virtual simulations, to fashion design education and research. Her outstanding contributions earned her the "Exceptional Fashion Educator Award" from Kansas City Fashion Week in 2022, an accolade that highlighted her as a "true inspiration to students."

Dr. Wu's research is anchored in cutting-edge apparel technologies and the application of large-scale anthropometric data. Her scholarship is twofold:

  1. Functional Apparel: Dr. Wu excels in researching and developing functional apparel for underserved populations. A notable example is her work on a USDA-NIFA funded project dedicated to the creation of firefighting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specifically tailored for firewomen.
  2. Apparel Sizing, Fit, and Comfort: Boasting over a decade of experience in this domain, Dr. Wu conducts in-depth studies on apparel sizing. One of her noteworthy projects involves using machine learning models and 3D body scans to assess sizing solutions for large-breasted women. Her expertise in this area has attracted multiple industry fundings.

Recently, Dr. Wu has turned her focus towards integrating AI innovations into apparel product development and design education, heralding a new era of interdisciplinary research.

Vita (pdf)