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Family & Consumer Sciences

Physical address:
 751 Campus Drive
 Mary Hall "Niccolls" building
 Main office room 103

Mailing address:
 875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
 Moscow, ID 83844-3183

 phone: (208) 885-6546
 fax: (208) 885-5751


Coeur d'Alene

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277
phone: (208) 667-2588
toll free: (888) 208-2268
fax: (208) 664-1272



College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
phone: (208) 334-2999
toll free: (866) 264-7384
fax: (208) 364-4035

CAD-Computer Research Laboratory

CAD-Research Lab

New CAD/Computer Research Lab

A new addition to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Research Lab on the second floor of the Niccolls Building. The former Phi Upsilon Omicron Reading room has been transformed into a CAD classroom, student lab, and undergraduate research space. This space will be primarily shared between Clothing, Textiles and Design and Nutrition, but will be available to other programs in the school. There are four student computers, a teaching computer, a 44” wide color printer that can be used to print patterns and large research posters, and a 42” wall-mounted monitor connected to the instructor’s computer. In addition there is a scanner for scanning research surveys, a web-camera for videoconferencing, and a laser printer. Each computer is currently equipped with Adobe Creative Suite and Optitex Digital Patternmaking software. In the future, statistical analysis software will be added allowing students to be involved in all aspects of research including data entry and analysis.

Kate Imthurn, a senior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, demonstrates the benefits of undergraduate research enhancing education. Kate went the extra mile by implementing a Vandal Football team needs assessment she was required to design for her Community Nutrition course. With the help of Vandal Athletics, Dr. Samantha Ramsay, and Dr. Katie Brown, Kate collected and analyzed data which was shared at the Washington/Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Joint Meeting, and the University of Idaho innovation showcase in April 2014. Of her experience Kate says:

My participation in undergraduate research allowed me to gain experience in the field of sports dietetics, the career I am pursuing. It allowed me to see firsthand what research entails instead of just learning about it in a classroom setting. When applying to graduate school it put me above other candidates who had not participated in research. I have recently been accepted to graduate school with an assistantship covering my full tuition and living expenses. It took extra time and work, but it all paid off. Not only for me personally, but also for the football team who will benefit from changes instigated by the findings of this research.

Research poster - football players
This summer Lori Wahl taught Digital Patternmaking using the Optitex software. Digital patterns are commonly used in modern garment development and production and allow for faster pattern creation, easy pattern changes, automatic grading into sizes, and creation of digital files that can be emailed to factories anywhere in the world.

Students are required to have completed Patternmaking and Garment Construction courses prior to taking Digital Patternmaking as a strong understanding of pattern drafting and garment construction is needed before creating digital patterns. Upon completion of a set of basic patterns, students then moved on to a garment design and pattern of their own choosing and added grading, graded specifications, and marker making. Some thoughts from the students:

Chelsey Lewallen—It’s exciting because it is providing me with new tools to further my career in the apparel industry and help me gain a better understanding of contemporary clothing for my garment alterations business, Altered Ego.

Joyce Sun—The drafting process is a lot faster making it easier to realize designs in a shorter amount of time. I can play with pattern shapes in Optitex while conceptualizing the garment construction. This saves paper and time because I don’t have to draft each option separately on paper.

Ashley Anderson—Learning digital patternmaking makes me feel more comfortable and confident as I prepare for a career in apparel design. I’m gaining insight and practical skills in current apparel pattern development processes.

Krista Baker—Digital patternmaking gives you the ability to make whatever you want.

—Katie Brown, PhD, RD, LD and Lori Wahl, instructor  


With the Niccolls Building Renovation complete, we need some assistance stocking our new labs. To make a contribution, visit: HELP STOCK OUR LABORATORIES

Niccolls Building Renovation Photos

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