Fall 2014 STEAM Posters


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Shedding Light on the Atmoshpere - Alexis Torres and Zachary Loparo

My rationale behind my work is showing both the application and the device. The LED chemical sensor has many applications, but the most interesting one is that it can be used on other planets to detect the molecules in the atmosphere. I made space the overall theme of the poster to show the application part of it. I added the device on the planet to illustrate where the device goes. I then added a very simple schematic of the device that anyone can understand. The molecules that are shown are molecules most people know of and the molecules that can currently be detected by the sensor. If people decide not to read the text, the images on the poster should convey all of this information at once: there is a device that can go on a planet and detects molecules. When the read the text, they can gather more information about the device, how it works, and other applications of it.


Hearing the Shape of the Pseudosphere - Chelsea Canary and Robert Bauer

For this iCubed poster, my task was to create and original design based on UCF STEM student Robert Bauer’s research on pseudospherical harmonics that would be viewed by an audience of K-12 grade. The biggest challenge I faced was trying to make this abstract mathematical concept relatable to people not from the science and math community. Initially, with his original title being “Pseudospherical Harmonics in p-dimensions”, that alone was too technical and difficult to understand so after simplifying the title to “Hearing the Shape of the Pseudosphere” the idea became much more tangible and easier for younger students to grasp. The idea is that an oscillating drum surface creates complicated sound waves that are also known as spherical harmonics, and the focus of the research is on pseudo-spherical harmonics and its application to other fields. I approached this new idea using Photoshop first by establishing a tetrad color scheme of orange, purple, yellow and blue; with the warmer colors used for the foreground images and text and the cool colors for the background. Since the harmonics (or sound waves) of a pseudosphere have not been visually portrayed before, my way of simulating this was by combining the top half of the basic shape of the pseudosphere to the top of the oscillating drum surface. This conveys the idea that the research is about the sound of pseudosphere. I included an image of what spherical harmonics look like to relate the surface of the oscillating drum to the harmonics on a sphere, and positioned the drum, separate pseudosphere, and sphere in an ascending order based on visual hierarchy. And for the background I painted in Photoshop a succession of spirals made of small circles based on images of Cymatics, which is the study of visible sound through vibrations, and I oriented the text to follow the movement of the spirals. I believe my design is original and visually appealing, and it accurately represents Robert’s research and reaches a younge


Burning Bone - Chirstopher Johnson and Zaid Mohammed

I was tasked with creating an original design based on the research done by Zaid Mohammad, a UCF STEM student. His research on teeth is intended to be used for forensics, however this poster is to be viewed by an audience ranging from elementary to high school. The concept and application of the research was fairly straight-forward, therefore my biggest challenge was creating a cohesive and appealing design that displayed the research text in an interesting way. We agreed on the title Burning Bone, using a similar visual representation as the wildly popular television show “Breaking Bad”, which (similarly to the research) revolves around criminal activity/investigation. Zaid’s research is on crystal structures of hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in enamel. He is studying the changes in the crystal structure when it is burned at different temperatures for varying times. I chose to represent the aspects both abstractly and literally. I gave the poster a triple gradient that helped divide the composition into three parts. The top section is dark green in order to match the color scheme of my title, and allow the white boarders and graph to be quite visible. I chose to include a diagram from his research at the top to provide balance to the title, and because it worked quite well seeming to emerge from the fiery font. I also included an original “character” in the crime scene tooth mascott found next to the title due to the target audience, and because my partner liked the design very much. The middle section is yellow in order to emphasize the yellow crime scene tape, as well as blend the top and bottom sections well enough for visual balance. The crime scene tape leads the eye through the composition and displays the text in an interesting way for the viewer. Finally the bottom section is a burned orange color to represent fire, as well as emphasize the semi-opaque abstract fire effect placed behind the crushed tooth sample imagery. My imagery at the bottom (teeth w


Identifying Persistent Structures in Fluids - Lauren Finley and Martin Michalak

Such an abstract mathematical concept was a challenge to convey. The original plan was to illustrate some of the potential applications of the research, including the eventual development of a nuclear fusion reactor. However, after consulting with both Martin and Dr. Kim, the poster's focus slowly evolved from application to the research itself. Here is illustrated the most common example of a persistent structure - bubble rings found in water. Every feature of this poster (with the exception of the logos in the bottom corner) was handmade using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator; the final product went through six separate incarnations before settling on its seventh and finished form.


Stress-Sensing Materials - Lauren Schoepfer and Imad Hanhan

My goal was to create an easily understandable design that is also visually pleasing. Most people don’t know the science behind aerospace technology, so I aimed to present some of aerospace engineering’s newest research in a catchy visual manner. The design is an example of the future intended application, when the hybrid composite material will replace current carbon fiber materials on spacecraft. The research is an improvement on current technology and will open a lot of doors in this field. The stylized and colorful design is a simple take on a technology and location normally portrayed in a complex manner. The close-up image shows specifically what the research is and how it is implemented.


Brain Cancer Radiotherapy - Rachel Chorkorun and Geena Idelfonso

The poster illustrates the goal of Geena’s research which is to develop optimal tumor-specific therapy schedules and dosages to cure brain cancer patients through radiation treatment. The poster has a radial design with circular rings resembling what radio waves are often depicted as and read like a clock, giving the design a balanced and organized composition. Central to the poster is an enlarged representation of a brain and standing before it stands a skeleton; a human life whose brain allows the individual to store memories, maneuver and sense the body and produce thoughts. Around the brain is a golden disk. Gold was chosen to allude to the relationship of a Central Processing Unit of a computer which contains a small trace of gold which acts as an electrical conductor and also illustrates the historic significance of gold’s spiritual and scientific curative properties. The representation of individual cells as a collection of pixels generated in the lab with CompuCell3D visually illustrates the effect of different radiation dosages on tumor cells. The simulation and numbers encircle the skeleton and channel into the brain through the DNA-like strands showing that the mathematical algorithms and scientific efforts with the help of technology and computer science will transition from mere abstract and theoretical calculations (which are done in the researchers’ or computers’ “brain”) to a key that will lead to the answer to cure a tumor-infected brain. It is math, science, technology, computer science, biology, and art working together.


Smart Materials for Unmanned Aircraft - Stefanie Garcia and Caio Da Silva Lima

In this piece the visualization of the research called Smart Materials for Unmanned Aircraft is brought to life by creating a 3 dimensional render of the aircraft of which is based off a Skywalker model. Since it is about the material that is being used to control the aircraft in mid flight without the use of “hinges” but by using electricity to bend the material, this piece uses that theory. In which cases uses an image of the earths stratosphere, obtained from the APOD NASA site. The stratosphere image was slightly modified to have a softer gradual change from the stratosphere to space (blue to black). The text follows along the aircraft’s contour of the wing and nose. Just below the big version of the aircraft is a side view of which focuses on the wing and an overemphasis on how the wing would manvuer due to the internal mechanism of the wing, it shows the wireframes as well. The choice of colors for the aircraft separates it from the background due to the tints and shades of blue occurring in the stratosphere, so with a Blinn reflection added to the aircraft and a tint of red separating the ash gray of the plane belly, it really creates a sense of speed.


The Orphan Gene - Thomas Osborne and Ashley Ramirez

Events that occur on a molecular level are rapid, and often times violent. In the case of my partner Ashley’s experiments with mysterious genes, the process is quite literally electric. With this in mind, I pushed the poster towards vibrance and incorporated visual cues that I picked up on while visiting her lab, such as the images of separated DNA in gel, into the background. With regards to the foreground, I modeled and rendered a model (not to scale) of her E. Coli DNA ring and color graded it to become the focal point of the piece. The ring of iconic animals just below the DNA represents the fact that this mysterious gene, the orphan gene, ispresent in all living creatures on earth. I decided to include a simple diagram and explanation of the process and its goal below the DNA model which includes colorcoded text for high legibility.The poster is designed to draw the viewer from a distance and includes elements of varying scale that function alongside each other to come together as a cohesive whole.


The Infinite Sum - Timothy Bell and John Vastola

Numbers are often associated with mathematics and not many people are fond of the subject, especially in school. incorporating infinity as the center focus of the piece provides viewers a glimpse into the everlasting of the infinite sum and create a more alluring subject. It will hopefully encourage students to think of math in a more positive way, and to help understand how it can benefit our society.