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ICAT Creativity + Innovation Day

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC-5

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ICAT Creativity + Innovation Day will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event is a celebration of innovation and process at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). The event features projects funded by ICAT, projects from transdisciplinary courses, projects with ICAT-affiliated faculty, and community projects that work at the nexus of SEAD.

10:00-10:45 Panel discussion: Perspectives on a career at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design

11:00-4:00 Exhibits, including the Cube, open

10:00-4:00 Open [at the] Source - gallery exhibit

Panel discussion: Perspectives on a career at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design

Four professionals in creativity and innovation discuss careers in creativity and innovation from multiple perspectives in the lifetime of a career. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Lisa McNair, director of the Center for Research in SEAD Education, and a special guest high school student.

Kaelum Hasler

Kaelum Hasler is the Founder and lead designer of Rendyr Desktop Robotics, a Blacksburg based startup aimed at making rapid prototyping and digital fabrication accessible for everyone, especially professional designers and students. Their first product is Optic, the first portable all in one desktop laser cutter. The machine can cut and engrave a large volume of hundreds of materials and folds up and stows away when not in use. The Optic will launch this summer.

Kaelum Hasler is a researcher working at the intersection of sustainability and advanced manufacturing. He has designed and built a 3D printer that prints with recycled water bottles, a custom 3D printed sink for the 2018 Virginia Tech Solar House, and sustainable lighting tiles for the Virginia Tech Drillfield. He has also worked with 3D printing mycelium, a plant-based alternative to styrofoam, as well as a CNC machine aimed at making bamboo construction more accessible. He has worked on projects at the Virginia Tech DREAMS (Design Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) Lab, The Assistive Robotics Lab, Terrestrial Robotics and Engineering Controls Lab, Center for Design Research, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Kaelum, Class of 2021, studies industrial Design at Virginia Tech.


Setor Zilevu is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on human computer interaction, user experience design, and user interface design. He is a GEM fellow and a member of the Intel Artificial Intelligence Student Ambassador program. He received his bachelors from Virginia Tech in Computer Engineering and will be receiving his Masters of Science degree this spring. Currently, he is an Adobe fellow and will be spending his summer interning at Adobe as a User Interface Researcher.

Aki Ishida is Associate Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech and a Registered Architect. Her work, spanning design projects and writing, is a synthesis of spatial uses of light and her interest in active public engagement of space, and aims to increase the public and student awareness about the artistic and technical potentials of light and sensory environments through transdisciplinary collaborations. Prior to forming her firm Aki Ishida Architect PLLC in New York, Aki was an associate for over four years at James Carpenter Design Associates, a studio focused on artistic and technical use of glass. She also worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects and I.M. Pei Architect. Aki has successfully run award-winning collaborative design projects in partnership with corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Japan Society, Starwood Hotels, and desigNYC. Her work has been supported by the Japan Foundation New York, The Smithsonian, Philips Color Kinetics, The MacDowell Colony, Baer Art Center in Iceland, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and the Columbia University. In 2016, she was recognized nationally as one of 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence.

Brandy Salmon, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships; Managing Director of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

With over 20 years of experience at the intersection of research and business, Salmon is serving as the managing director of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, leading a cross-functional delivery team to set the vision for the campus and launch key efforts. Salmon came to Virginia Tech to oversee a discovery-to-market approach to strengthen industry partnerships and innovation: LINK, the Center for Advancing Industry Partnerships, and LAUNCH, the Center for New Ventures.

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Salmon served as director for RTI’s Innovation Advisors, where she led consulting engagements for federal, corporate, and foundation clients to implement best practices in innovation, identify and evaluate new technologies and products, and develop commercialization strategies and partnerships.

Salmon joined RTI in 2011 from the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and Office of Licensing and Ventures, where she led a full spectrum of commercialization and technology transfer activities. She is often asked to lecture on topics of innovation and holds five issued patents. Salmon has an B.A. from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.


May 6
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24060
190 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061 United States
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