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Rachel Eike

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Office: 31 MacKay, Ames, IA 50011-1078
Phone number: +1 (515) 2947826
Email: rjeike@iastate.edu

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Research interests

Dr. Rachel Eike is an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University. Her research and expertise involve sustainability in the fiber, textiles, and clothing disciplines and wearable technologies. Dr. Eike serves as a creative scholarship reviewer for the International Textiles and Apparel Association as well as manuscript reviewer for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (functional design and sustainability topics), Textiles Research Journal (wearable tech and functional fabric topics), and the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (design educational topics). Dr. Eike’s degrees hail from Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University.

As a Human Scientist, I study human factors regarding creative and functional apparel, all the while considering environmental impact and social responsibility of design decision-making practices to promote sustainability. I conduct design-based research to help improve people’s lives through the functionality of their clothing and products – making sure they are ergonomically designed to meet their performance needs while being comfortable in their near environment. I aim to integrate challenging design opportunities for current and future students to expand their human potential so that they may ultimately, positively impact others’ lives. I am happily and humbly here to serve my Iowa community.