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Gazal Maleki

Softgoods Design Engineer


Bringing innovative solutions emphasizing human-centered design principles and sustainability with expertise in prototype evaluation, 3D modeling, and material science showcased in diverse projects from footwear and bags to ergonomic sports gear

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As a softgoods product designer, I have extensive experience and a strong passion for human-centered design, biomechanical research, and the user experience of soft goods. In my work, I prioritize sustainability and efficiency by utilizing techniques like sustainable prototyping and 3D modeling, which deliver both cost savings and long-lasting results. I firmly believe that laboratory-based and field performance testing, as well as testing and validation, are essential components of the design process.

I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Science in Sports Product Design. Before pursuing this program, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant in 3D CAD and human-centered design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. This experience plus Mechanical Engineering allowed me to hone my teaching skills and gave me the opportunity to work closely with students in a collaborative environment. My passion for freeform design and aerodynamics/hydrodynamics simulations led me to enroll in the SPD program at the University of Oregon (UO) Portland in 2020, where I gained hands-on experience learning about textiles and materials.

Currently, I’m working on designing assistive devices and actively expanding my knowledge in the textile section of wearables and knitting through webinars. These opportunities serve as valuable avenues to gain valuable insights into the latest advancements in textile technology and techniques.