Optics Students Win Research PitchFest

    Date Posted: 
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    UA Optical Science students win Research Pitchfest

    A group of graduate and undergraduate Optical Sciences students, led by R. John Koshel, won the 2015 Pitchfest in the Research category for their project, Illumination of Rothko's Paint at University of Arizona. What began as an illumination application from the OPTI 506: Radiometry, Sources and Detectors course, evolved into designing a lighting system to illuminate one of the UA Museum of Art's most valuable pieces, Rothko's "Green on Blue." For PitchFest, the group submitted a 3-minute video describing their research on the project, competing against many other submissions in 11 categories. The Pitchfest Research Award was announced during Startup Weekend on Feb. 14, 2016 at the UA Library.

    The ongoing illumination project system, which is seeking additional funding, aims to use adequate spectrum to protect and preserve all works of art, while also providing acceptable aesthetic lighting. Master of Science in Optical Sciences student Rachel Ulanch is currently researching ways to replicate the blue wool test for micro facing of artwork, using optical instrumentation and software, that would be developed during her thesis. 

    Students, faculty and staff working on the project include:

    Students who created the video for PitchFest:

    *Exhibition Specialist at the UA Museum of Art