MBA Student, SBU Photography Club president
Marvin, an MBA student and Photography club president, experimented with custom bokeh shapes
in his photography using the vinyl cutter. He heard David Ecker, the Director of iCREATE, speak about the free spaces and technologies offered and available at his MBA orientation. Despite having the background of an electrical engineer, Marvin always had an interest and passion for photography, which is where he wants to further develop his personal style.To make the bokeh filters, Marvin finds a shape that he outlines on the vinyl cutter’s software, and fits to the size of his lens. He shoots with copper wire string lights, attached to a battery for portability, to achieve the effect. Each light, when rendered, appears as the blurred light in the desired shape. “I would’ve loved these spaces so much as an undergraduate … I’m a commuter and
have made the iCREATE Greenhouse my second home here on campus.
Electrical Engineering major, Class of 2020
Yehonothan built his own drone in the iCREATE Innovation Lab from personally selected specific parts to tailor exactly to what he visions. He sources his supplies from various locations over the internet like Amazon, Ebay, and Newegg. “Building the drone is easy. Coding them, and making them fly is the hard part.” He goes through several different prototypes of his drones before he gets to his “final” version. Yehonathan 3-D printed stands for his drones in the Innovation Lab’s Self Service, and soldered the components together with the lab’s soldering kits. Currently, he is working through his 4th prototype of his drone
Chemistry Major, Class of 2020
Jackie Zheng is a sophomore Chemistry major who discovered the Innovation Lab at the end of his freshman year. Since then, he’s been involved in the 3D modeling and printing in the Innovation Lab’s Self Service and print queue. As the event coordinator for ACS (American Chemistry Society), Jackie handles a portion of the community outreach that has events with elementary school children that teaches and demonstrates different chemical reactions and explanations. For 2017’s National Chemistry Week, themed “Chemistry Rocks”, Jackie has printed a “Buckyball” model, the structure for bronze, as well as a model of a crystal. Jackie finds that models are a more effective way to both teach and learn chemistry to the younger kids and students, with hopes that they want to pursue chemistry in the future. “You can always draw a molecule on the board; it might be cool, but it’s not real as seeing how it is in front of you. Having the model is the starting point to learn, and most just through memorizing.”
Math and Philosophy Major, Class of 2019
Sweater weather is in full swing for the semester, Spencer Jarrad, a 3rd-year student and transfer from San Diego City College, has been hard at work in preparation. Instead of going shopping for new clothes this season, Spencer goes shopping for fabric. “I was bored over the summer while waiting to move, and I wanted to learn all the machines.” While he had no background in sewing, Spencer decided it was time he took the particular style he liked into his own hands. Spencer bikes to a local fabric and craft shop, and buys fabric by the yard. After obtaining the fabric, he uses a template that contains all the pieces of the shirt, which he traces and cuts out. Spencer then sews each piece together on the sewing machine. So far, he has made shirts, sweaters, and shorts. “I want to eventually make peacoats and overcoats, and elevate my clothing to a level of couture.”
Innovation Lab volunteer, Summer 2017
Daniella Chernoff, a volunteer at iCREATE and a rising Geology senior at Hofstra University,
a Sound Cloud as a new addition to iCREATE’s Greenhouse. She has been a volunteer since 2015, and was helping with the Augmented Reality sandbox. The Sound Cloud runs off of an Arduino, a microphone, and some LED’s that are all connected to a running program on the computer. It responds to sound in terms of volume and flickers, changing to the sound environment it is in. As the volume increases, the colors change from blue to green and purple in response. “Combining the software was the hard part, but there is a lot of help to do it online. I didn’t have any prior knowledge when working on the sandbox either.”
Faculty/Staff, Summer 2017
John started on this project in May 2017 while following up on AV’s other previous projects with iCREATE. After a couple of weeks in the Innovation Lab, John was able to fashion a wooden box with lights and switches, connected to a power source (battery). iCREATE was able to supply the balsa wood, which our staff member Ahsanul Torza helped to cut into the box template using the laser cutter. “If the employment of this project works well, we’re planning on coming back to make more of these for the rest of the facilities.”
Electrical Engineering, Class of 2017
Jerin George is a second-year engineering student at Stony Brook University. On January 31 of 2017, he was building a book with the pages glued together, holding a secret compartment at the lab as a gift for his girlfriend. Special projects such as these are no stranger to the lab.
He said, "As an engineering student, I always have different ideas for devlopment and innovative designs floating through my mind. But the limited availability of physical resources on campus id a hindrance to transform my ideas into reality."
Jerin, like many of our iCREATE members feels that this space has helped his academic career and personal growth during his time at Stony Brook University.
Luca Agozzino and Evan Philip
Physics graduate students Luca Agozzino and Evan Philip do not have any previous experience with astronomy or photography. But a single long exposure shot with a newly-purchased Canon SL1, and the two were seeing stars.
Luca and Evan worked on a personal project pursuing this interest, constructing it from its base materials, right here in the Innovation lab.
Night sky landscapes and photography are difficult to capture perfectly, even with the best settings and cameras. The right atmospheric conditions need to be present, with a location where lights and objects (such as trees) will not obstruct the view.
One clear night around Christmas 2016, Luca and Evan, who live in the same house off-campus close to the Stony Brook, were testing out the new camera. They pointed it upwards, at the sky, expecting just a black screen playback.
“We put the setting on for 30 seconds, and saw that it [the result] was really amazing. You don’t need fancy equipment for this,” Evan said, “but you need a tracker, or you will only see lines.”
The problem with taking pictures of these night landscapes is the rotation of the Earth. When looking up at stars in the night sky, they change position over time because the Earth is turning, which drives our 24-hour day-to-night period. As a result, when long-exposure shots are taken, depending on the amount of time, “star trails”, lines of these “moving” stars begin to appear in the photograph.
To counter this, “star-trackers” exist for this niche of astro-imaging, often being on the high-end scale of photography equipment, costing at least several hundred dollars. The two decided that they could build something they could use the same way, but wouldn’t be out of reach for a graduate student budget. “It’s a camera on a box!” Evan said.
Luca describes it as, “a barn-door sky tracker to do astrophotography; it is a device which can hold a camera and at the same time make it rotate around an axis which is parallel to the Earth rotation axis, which is fundamental if you want to photograph stars and planets at long exposure and avoid trails.”
The personalized sky tracker was built with a wooden box that was purchased off Amazon
for about ten dollars, and assembled in the Innovation Lab. To construct it, a mount
with a screw underneath that could move and bend was installed to hold the camera
inside. An old table lamp was used as a tripod. The lab’s 3D printers were used to
custom print the gears. Here, they also programmed the Arduinos controlling the attached
motor that allowed the box to open very precisely such that 360 degrees would be covered
over 24 hours.
“In both cases I realized them for the fun of a DIY project and because buying them would have costed me several hundred dollars, without any possibility of personalization. The Innovation Lab was crucial to realize it, because I needed 3D printed components (though I wish I could set up the printing myself to fine tune it) and especially to solder all the parts