2016 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Interns Present Their Innovative Projects

Oct 4, 2016 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

Each year, the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art come together to select two bright minds for the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Internship Program. This year Tila Assgari and Seth Izen, two students from MICA, collaborated with our labs to explore unique perspectives on extreme events.

Tila Assgari studied the flexibility and stability of certain materials when they are manipulated in different ways. An interdisciplinary sculpture major, she applied her knowledge of materials to work with the properties of plywood to prototype a new way of 3D printing. Assgari collaborated with Prof. Sung Hoon Kang and his lab to examine how these micro-architectures can attain desired properties of flexibility and strength.

Seth Izen, an Animation major, used his skills to create an educational animation that explains a specific part of HEMI’s research to the nonscientific public. Izen worked in collaboration with Prof. KT Ramesh using our asteroid data to simulate the differences between impact and thermal fragmentation.

The HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program aims to encourage collaboration among artists and researchers to examine data, interpret outcomes, and translate results from extreme events in new ways. This summer internship aims to explore visual representations of the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and relationships.



3D Printing Prototype by Tila Assgari


Cut Plywood by Tila Assgari


Animation by Seth Izen


Seth Izen Presenting His Animation



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