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Math by design: 3D printing for the working mathematician

When: Tuesday, 08 May 2018 - Tuesday, 08 May 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus West
CoE-MaSS Seminar Room, 1st floor, TWK Mathematical Sciences Building
Start time:15:00

Three DST-NRF Centres of Excellence at Wits jointly present this lecture by Professor Laura “mathgrrl” Taalman, US mathematician, blogger, designer/maker.

The CoE-MaSS, CoE-Palaeosciences and CoE-Strong Materials at Wits will host Taalman, known as [mathgrrl] on Thingiverse, who is simultaneously a prolific maker and a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at James Madison University.

She is also the founder of JMU 3SPACE, the first general-education 3D-printing classroom in the US, founder of the JMU MakerLab in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and a Faculty Associate with JMU Innovation Services, through which she creates and implements curriculum around 3D-printing and design.

As a self-professed “math geek,” Taalman's 3D-printing projects are inspired and informed by mathematics. Her original makes include a 3D-printed snowflake generator that automatically designs unique snowflake models for 3D-printing, a pentagonal tessellation 3D-printed bracelet, and a 3D-printed “impossible screw” which could not be fabricated using anything but 3D-printing.

See also Biosketch and Math Encounters

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