Fatimah was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She earned her BA degree in Clothing and Textile from Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), Saudi Arabia. After graduation, Fatimah started her professional career as a tailoring teacher and then as an instructor at the Higher Technological Institution, Clothes Production Department in Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, Fatimah became one of the faculty members of the Fashion Design Department at UQU. She worked as a teaching assistant for three years and taught many advanced courses. She gained a scholarship from the ministry of education in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States for graduate school. She earned her MS degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising from California State University Northridge. Fatimah worked as intern for several fashion companies in the LA fashion district. She has fashion industry experience in designing, draping, styling, organizing events, and public relations. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising with a concentration in Apparel Design at LSU. Her research interests are sustainability, creativity, upcycling, and 3D texture techniques. Fatimah's goal is to effectively participate in the fashion industry, through her innovative academic works.
Md. Nakib-Ul Hasan is a PhD student in the department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising at LSU. His research interest is in the design and development of smart textiles, automation in textile manufacturing, and sustainable production & management. Mr. Hasan has completed his BS and MS in Textile Engineering from Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh and from Bangladesh University of Textiles, Bangladesh, respectively. After graduation, he started his career as a dyeing executive in a vertically integrated textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh. However, he shifted his career to academia. He is an assistant professor in the department of textile engineering at Green University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh. He is a professional member of the Association of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ATET), Bangladesh.
Rakib completed his undergraduate in Textile Engineering from Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTex). He has a Master's graduate in Human & Consumer Science majoring in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising from Ohio University. Through his experience, he has gained knowledge in Textile product development, and Textile academic teaching. His research focuses on apparel merchandising, fashion product outsourcing, and consumer behavior. His long-term career goal is to become an expert in textile and apparel faculty and consultant. He would like to implement his academic knowledge and research experience in the Textile-Apparel industry to make a positive change.
Katherine “Katie” Frost is a Baton Rouge native with a lifelong interest in historical clothing. She began learning to sew at a young age and recently completed her undergraduate degree in Apparel Design at Louisiana State University in May 2018. She is now continuing her LSU education and pursuing her Master’s degree with a concentration in Apparel Design and Costume History.
Textiles is an emerging sector in Bangladesh. Saiful studied Textile Engineering to serve the biggest industry in Bangladesh. He worked in different positions, particularly in merchandising departments for different industries. He then decided to pursue higher study in the same field to better serve the need of the Bangladeshi Textile industries. He came to LSU to pursue his Masters degree in Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising and hopes to pursue his Ph.D as well.
Originally from the small town of Pierre Part, Louisiana, She received her bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2017. Her research interest includes consumer behavior, as well as branding and brand extension. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising from LSU.
Md. A. Kafi
Kafi was born and raised in Bangladesh. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising at LSU. His recent research areas include apparel subscription service consumer behavior, sustainable and eco-friendly consumption behavior, sustainable practice of fast and slow fashion industry, sustainable practices of developing countries apparel and textile industry. Prior to attending the department, he worked for six years as Assistant Professor in the Department of Textile Engineering of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. He also worked as a Production Engineer for 15 months for a 100% export oriented denim manufacturing plant in Bangladesh. He has his Masters and Bachelor in Textile Manufacturing Technology and Engineering. He is active member of International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Engineers Institution of Bangladesh (IEB), Institute of Textile Engineers and Technologist (ITET), Bangladesh. He served as vice president and Executive officer of American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorist (AATCC), LSU chapter for two academic year. His hobbies include watching movies, reading novels and traveling to new locations.
Divya Desai is a doctoral student specializing in sustainable design. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce specializing in the field of Marketing and Accounts from Bangalore University. Later she pursued MBA in Marketing from Pondicherry University and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Jain University. She worked as a Marketing Manager for a while and then got into an apparel export business venture with her friend and partner in India. Her love for designing motivated her to pursue further studies in the field of fashion to gain the required practical knowledge. She graduated from Illinois State University majoring in Apparel Design-Merchandize where she worked as a graduate assistant and won fashion shows during her academic years. Post-graduation, Divya worked in New York as an Assistant Designer where she learned more creative and technical skills to gain industry experience. Her current research interest lies in zero-waste pattern making, upcycling and fashion history.
Jasmine Gibbs- Graduate Student
Erin Davis- Graduate Student
Marilyn Davis- Graduate Student
Nancy Haddad- Graduate Student