By Amy Mednick
On the exterior it seems Brick City is sweltering and sleepy this summer, but expectations are high and real-life research is steaming along for two undergraduates in Professor Jinwei Gu’s color science labs. Students George Huaijin Chen and Kevin Dickey are steeped in the scientific method as they tackle research projects that they will present at the 20th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research & Innovation Symposium on August 12th.
Sophomore Kevin Dickey has set an ambitious summer goal of creating an inexpensive, hand-held material classifier, or “gloss meter,” initially hoping to use LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as sensors. In his research, the sophomore from Peoria, Illinois has taken on the life of an imaging scientist and truly embraced the scientific method. Dickey has researched, ordered, and tested LEDs, graphed their performance, and written up pages and pages of data and results concerning the ins and outs of using the devices as sensors. (You can follow Dickey’s progress at http://led-brdf.wikispaces.com.)
By Amy Mednick
Motion Picture Science senior Allison Hettinger with the 3D projection setup
It’s a simple story of supply and demand, or demand and supply, depending on how you look at it. In any case, what began as a quest for a senior project emerged as a useful legacy created by students, for students.
Ian Krassner and Allison Hettinger, students of Professor David Long, are newly graduated from the Motion Picture Science program at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The Motion Picture Science program is a collaboration between the School of Film and Animation and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. By joining a core curriculum in practical film-making from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and imaging science from the College of Science, this program trains students in the art and science of feature film, television, and animation production.