Susan Sokolowski, Department of Product Design

Susan Sokolowski, Department of Product Design

Practice Areas: Sports Product Design Innovation, Footwear, Apparel, Equipment

Susan Sokolowski is an academic expert in sports product design innovation, as it relates to footwear, apparel and equipment. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of product design where she also directs the graduate program in sports product design. Her work explores the interface of the body and design, focusing specifically on underserved populations. A self-professed “sports product geek” who holds more than 35 utility patents in the space, Susan can talk about sports injuries, fit and performance, and history – all as they relate to sports product design. Susan was elected to the 2021 class of fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Recent Media:
Best weekender bags (Consumer Reports, April 28, 2022)
Inclusive sportswear designer joins academy of inventors (Around the O, Dec. 15, 2021)
UO professor helps Old Navy streamline women's sizes (Around the O, Oct. 8, 2021)
Cool touch shirts can make you feel cool on hot days, but which materials work best? (The Conversation, Aug. 28, 2020)
How to choose a cloth face mask (and avoid the long wait for it) (Marketplace, May 15, 2020)
How to choose and wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic (Consumer Reports, April 17, 2020)
Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (The Conversation, April 16, 2020)
Why fashion customers can’t get enough of Rothy’s sustainable shoes (Footwear News, Dec. 3, 2019)
Female astronauts: How performance products like space suits and bras are designed to pave the way for women’s accomplishments (The Conversation, April 5, 2019)
What’s involved in designing World Cup jerseys? (The Conversation, June 29, 2018)
Outfitting the world’s best athletes for the Winter Olympics (The Conversation, Feb. 15, 2018)
It's Time to Pull the Baseball Uniform into the 21st Century (Racked, April 6, 2017)
Playing on the Team: Sports Branding and Design (Adobe Creative Cloud Blog, Feb. 2, 2017)
cUriOus: Students Designing Sports Gear (Jefferson Public Radio, Nov. 14, 2016)