Office: Ackerman Hall, Room 207
Office Phone: 724-357-2336
Designing for people with special needs, needs assessment, furniture performance assessment, ergonomics, human factors, biomechanical assessment of personal protective equipment. Textile surface design, wearable electronics, wearable art, and computer aided design.
Mercan Derafshi, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Fashion
Merchandising program in the Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design
Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research focus is product
development and performance assessment of functional and protective apparel.
Derafshi is particularly interested in developing apparel solutions for
people with special needs. She has worked with pesticide applicators and police
officers with respect to their apparel needs. Her research involves both
qualitative and quantitative analyses.