James Colovos, a doctorate student in Dr. Rebecca Brannon’s Computational Solid Mechanics Lab recently won Best of Show in the Spring 2015 Research as Art Contest, a competition of image and videos produced from scientific work. Colovos’ research as art is now also on display at the National Gallery of Art in Lithuania.
The 200 microsecond simulation of a plate striking a rock took nearly a day to create using a cluster of computers at the U’s Center for High Performance Computing. Colovos’ research could benefit how explosives are made for oil and gas exploration or used in simulations of landslides and earthquakes to determine how the ground is altered.
The Research as Art contest was sponsored by The HSC Cell Imaging Core, Huntsman Cancer Institute and The Leonardo Museum of Salt Lake City.
Read the full fascinating story and the journey of Colovos’ research as art to Lithuania in the Deseret News article written by Daphne Chen.