World Engineering Anthropometry Resource



Susan Ashdown

Cornell University, USA

Susan Ashdown is the Helen G. Canoyer Professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design at Cornell University. Her degrees are from Grinnell College (BA), Cornell University (MA) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D). Her research is on technology driven changes in the design process for the apparel industry, the use of 3D body scanning, apparel sizing and fit, the design of functional apparel, and interactions of materials and design. Her teaching is in the area of technical design, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Ashdown has lectured internationally on sizing and fit, and was the 2009 Distinguished Scholar for ITAA.

Alison Bates

Beehive Clothing Mills, USA

Alison Bates is a Technical Designer at Beehive Clothing Mills, the manufacturing arm of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her A.A. in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.  In her twenty-year career at Beehive she has held various positions in both the product development and manufacturing departments. Alison led the Beehive Sizing Survey and the application of its outcomes that have resulted in better fit, increased sales, and improved customer satisfaction. Alison grew up in Utah and Southern California. She has been a member of ASTM for ten years as well as participating in previous WEAR conferences. She is currently serving on Oklahoma State University’s Design, Housing and Merchandising Advisory Board.

Patricia Brown

National Defence, Canada

Patricia Brown has been working with the Director Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM) Operational and Protective Clothing Group, Department of National Defence since 1989. She currently manages the prototyping and computerized pattern making and grading facility.  With over 25 years of combined work experience in the areas Uniform Clothing Design, pattern making and grading as well as electronic Anthropometric system development, data collection and analysis for the purpose of  clothing design, sizing and procurement applications, she is a Canadian Armed Forces Uniform Design Application Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for Sizing Systems. In this role she has contributed to the design, development, sizing and procurement of uniforms from dress clothing to combat systems, environmental protection systems, chemical and biological protection suits, soft body armour protection systems and soft goods equipment. She is also the Technical Authority for the On-Car Medical Technician Uniform Ensemble. She studied Fashion Techniques and Design at Sheridan College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.

Hein Daanen

VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hein Daanen is professor in Thermal Physiology at VU University in Amsterdam and professor in Fashion Research and Technology at the AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute), which is part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is the author of over 80 scientific publications in the field of thermal physiology and 3D anthropometry. Most work is performed at TNO, the Dutch Organization of Applied Scientific Research, where he is a principal scientist. He also is the director of Sizing Science, a company dedicated to optimize fit of all products that are related to the human body. More detailed information is available at http://members.ziggo.nl/daanen.

Ed Gribbin

President, Alvanon Inc., USA

Edward A. Gribbin is President of Alvanon, Inc.  Ed joined Alvanon in 2006 to launch the AlvaInsight® strategic consulting division. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President of Intellifit® Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit® Body Scanner. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the US.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Joseph’s University and is a member of The Fashion Group International, the International Apparel Federation, the Product Innovation Council of the American Association of Apparel and Footwear, the Fashion & Apparel Studies Advisory Board of the University of Delaware, the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas, and ASTM International.

He resides in Merion Station, Pennsylvania with his wife, Georgianne and daughter, Bridget.


Deepti Gupta

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Dr Deepti Gupta (PhD, IIT Delhi) is Professor at the Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi. In the department, she is associated with the Textile Chemical Processing and Garment Technology groups. Her current areas of research include functional clothing and garment sizing.

She has been involved actively in teaching and research activities for the last 25 years. Dr Gupta is widely travelled and has been invited to deliver lectures in colleges and allied organisations within India as well as abroad. She is  on  the editorial board of several journals and has published more than 70 papers  in scholarly journals and presented more than 20 papers in International and National conferences.

Dr Gupta carried out a pilot study and collected the anthropometric data of 5000 subjects in the age group of  4 - 45 years. This was the first exhaustive anthropometric study conducted in India specifically for the use of Garment manufacturing industry. Body morphotypes and sizes existing in the various age groups were identified. A software Get Sizes was developed to identify the shapes and sizes in the target population group.

Dr Deepti Gupta has authored and edited books and written several book chapters. She guest edited a special issue of IJFTR journal on Functional clothing in Dec.2011. Her book on Anthropometry, design and sizing of garments is under print and is due to be published in Jan. 2014.

Allan Keefe

Defence Research and Development Canada

Allan Keefe has over 26 years of experience at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).  He has a background in biomechanics and physiology, earning degrees at the University of Waterloo (BSc) and University of Ottawa (MSc).  He began his career at Defence Research Establishment in Ottawa, where he conducted thermophysiology research in support of the development of protective clothing and equipment used in extreme cold or hot environments.  He is a co-developer of the Cold Exposure Survival Model, a hypothermia model that predicts survival times of casualties exposed to cold environments.  This model is used extensively by Search and Rescue authorities as part of their mission management software.  A secondary use is to determine thermal insulation requirements for aircrew protective ensembles.  Currently, Mr. Keefe is working at DRDC, Toronto Research Centre where he recently led the 2012 Canadian Forces Anthropometric Survey.  The traditional and 3D scan data obtained during this survey is used to inform the design, development and acquisition of clothing, equipment and platforms for the Canadian Armed Forces.  Mr. Keefe is also involved in the development of anthropometric visualization and analysis tools, and research into encumbered anthropometry, occupant packaging in land and air vehicles and enhancing digital human modelling capabilities.


Janice K. Larsen

Apparel Industry Consultant, Canada

Janice K. Larsen is a Consultant for the Apparel Industry with more than 40 years of experience in the field. She has been the director of product development, quality and CSR functions for various companies such as Gymboree (San Francisco), Arc’teryx in Vancouver BC (division of Salomon, Amer Sports, Finland), and lululemon (Vancouver). She taught textiles at the Academy of Design, now part of the RCC Institute of Technology (Toronto). As a member of the Fashion Advisory Board for Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond BC, Janice has been a frequent guest lecturer. Janice’s professional focus is the development of standard fit, grading, and fit mannequins for product development processes. She has been a member of ASTM International since 1989. Her extensive international commercialization experience has also provided consult expertise to such organizations as Beehive Clothing, the manufacturing arm of LDS of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently engaged in a long-term contract with a Canadian retailer, Bootlegger (Richmond), part of the Comark group (Toronto).

Janice can be reached at janicelarsen@gmail.com

Kathleen Robinette

Oklahoma State University, USA

Dr. Kathleen Robinette is currently Head of the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University.  Prior to accepting this position, Robinette spent more than 30 years working for the Air Force Research Lab where she spearheaded the development, management, and transitioning of new technologies for incorporating human dimensionality into product engineering.  Dr. Robinette’s most significant scientific contribution has been leading the field of engineering anthropometry in 3-D automated scanning and modeling for product design and evaluation. She planned, organized, negotiated and directed the first successful 3-D whole body human measurement survey (CAESAR), through partnerships that included 35 government, industry, and academic organizations.  Dr. Robinette was featured in the Washington Post for this accomplishment and received Good Housekeeping Magazine’s Women-in-Government award for exemplifying how government improves people’s lives. 

Dr. Kathleen Robinette is co-founder and now president of the World Engineering Anthropometry Resource (WEAR) Association, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Paris that is developing an engineering anthropometric resource that: 1)  is accessible to users of different experience levels, 2) provides access to accurate and current datasets, 3) provides quick access and a platform for analysis,

4) provides tools to store, search, retrieve and analyze data, and 5) provides material on educating the user on the analysis and application of anthropometric data.  She is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory and serves on the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.  She has a bachelor’s in anthropology and a master’s in mathematics from Wright State University along with a doctorate degree in biostatistics from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.

Chang Shu

National Research Council of Canada

Dr. Chang Shu is a senior research scientist at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). He is also an adjunct research professor at the School of Computer Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 1992 to 1996, he was a research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University. At NRC, he leads the Digital Human Modeling project which focuses on developing geometric and statistical techniques for understanding shape variations in human and other biological forms. The results of this research have been applied to product design, medical research, gaming and animation, and security applications. In 2009, he received the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Award for his work in geometry processing. He was a program co-chair of the IEEE International Workshop on 3D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM) held in Kyoto, Japan, in 2009. He is a founding member of the World Engineering Anthropometry Resource Association (WEAR) and a member of the IEEE.  Chang Shu received the PhD degree in computer science from Queen Mary College, University of London, UK, in 1992, and the BSc from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1985.



Daisy Veitch

SHARP Dummies Pty Ltd, Australia

Daisy Veitch is an experienced anthropometrist who directed an Australian National Size and Shape Survey in 2002 which involved measuring 1400 adults and surveying 5000 adult subjects, collated and analysed the data. She collaborated in 2003 with the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia surveying 3000 South Australian school children and is now employed in Flinders Medical Centre as an anthropometrist where her role includes body scanning. She is a Founding Member of the World Engineering Anthropometry Resource (WEAR), current co-chair and the International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee in Anthropometry and co-chair of CODATA (International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology) task group called  Anthropometric Data and Engineering. She is the first author of the Sizing Up Australia report commissioned by SAFEWORK Australia 2009 and the follow up report in 2013. She is a passionate supporter of improving the user experience in design. Her business, SHARP Dummies is a private research company that applies anthropometry to design. She is a PhD candidate at Delft University, researching medical simulation models to help improve medical student learning outcomes.


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