Dr. Brett Has Graduated!

It is official!  Brett has graduated!  He has earned his PhD!!!  This summer has been super crazy, busy, and stressful but I’ll explain more about that in a few weeks 🙂  Until then, enjoy some pictures from our great graduation weekend!

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Brett is part of “the dream team”!

Brett, Raj, and their third business partner Kevin, recently got some really great press in the Champaign County News Gazette!  You can check out the article here!


With two start ups, things have been quite busy in our house 🙂  The dream team even recently moved all of their equipment out of our downstairs and into an incubator space that they are renting.  I’ve crashed a few late night parties hack-a-thons deadline crunches with the guys at their new space in the past few weeks 🙂  The team is always hard at work!

If you want to learn more about what they do, click here and if you want to see their company’s official website, click here.  🙂



have you checked out Projection Mapping Central?

So….Brett does super awesome and flashy research.  We have already shared his Microsoft Research project Illumiroom.  (By the way, this website is not actually made by anyone within the Illumiroom project…just goes to show that you can’t always trust the internet!)

For a few years now, Brett and Raj have been receiving requests and inquiries from people who need information on projection mapping (the broad area of research that they work in) or who need help planning some sort of event using projection mapping.  Until recently, Brett and Raj have responded to those questions and requests as best as possible and numerous times have pointed people towards companies that could help them with their desired events.  Now though, the guys have created a community resource that helps people connect with companies in the space of projection mapping.  Since people are always so interested in Brett and Raj’s pretty and flashy research, I thought I’d direct you all to their new and improved projection mapping website called Projection Mapping Central.  I am now helping out with some of the customer relations and content building of the website.  It has been a lot of fun 🙂

Click on the image below to check out the site!


Brett’s newest project with Microsoft Research and Raj, is still secret…though we promise to share it with you as soon as we can!

reinventing the sack lunch

In an effort to save money over the past year or so, Brett and I have made a tremendous effort to not eat out.  🙂  While the occasional lunch or dinner out is definitely allowed, we have really focused on trying to pack a lunch almost every day and cook at home in the evenings.  Packing a sack lunch each day can get pretty monotonous though.  There are only so many times when I can make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich day in and day out.  🙂  So we’ve started reinventing the simple, sack lunch!

Just the other day, I took some goat cheese


spread it on toast, and layered with some peach preserves.  YUM!


Add some veggies on the side, maybe some yogurt and fruit, and you’ve made yourself a reinvented sack lunch 🙂

Do you have any tips for packing more interesting lunches??  🙂  We are always looking for new things to try!



A Summer with NASA in Huntsville, AL

By now you all know that I was in Huntsville, Alabama this summer working with some awesome folks at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in the Damage Tolerance branch.  I got to see a lot of really amazing things while working in Alabama.  NASA is doing fantastically inspiring work every day.  I was extremely fortunate to have such a supportive group there to work and interact with.  Many of the engineers in the Damage Tolerance branch served as my mentors, leading me around the NASA campus and showing me many of the wondrous projects happening there.  More than that though, many of them became my friends…opening up their homes and weekends to me.  🙂

While at NASA, I was able to see a fit check (watch video at 2:50) between the 2nd stage of a Delta IV and the Orion spacecraft for the Exploration Flight Test 1, poke my nose multiple times into the 3D printing lab where they are starting to print components for actual rocket engines, admire the many rockets and test stands set up on the Arsenal, observe digital image correlation research performed on an actual solid rocket booster from the shuttle era  (I have done this kind of research too but on a very very tiny scale), and climb into a pressure vessel while inspecting a ding on the inner surface, to name a few of the amazing things I was able to do.  I hope you enjoy some of my snap shots 🙂


Watch me! (see minute 2:50 for the fit check specific to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)