Technology Meets Art

Presenter: Bioengineer Alyssa Aldrink
University of Michigan
STEAm Cafe in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Description

Ms. Alyssa Aldrink gave an intro on her job as a bioengineer, encompassing her position as a “Nonconformance Evaluator” for Heart Lung Machine and CDI Blood Monitors in the technology field.

She is:
● Responsible for handling all types of issues, from every stage of production
● Investigating the root cause for each nonconformance
● Determining the disposition and further investigating the issue
The cafe illuminated the overlap of where art and science meet and how being a scientist is of little value if you cannot connect it to the human element of “who are we?” and “what does it mean to be human?” The Big Idea was centered on how being a “maker” and artist helps troubleshoot design issues and how being an engineer helps create and influence her art; one impacts the other and makes her better at both.
Most students were quiet and courteous during the first 10 minute portion about her career, but became more and more engaged as she slowly revealed how thinking like a “tinker” or “maker-artist” can fix and uncover engineering issues.

Alyssa Aldrink gave an intro on her job as a bioengineer, encompassing her position as a “Nonconformance Evaluator” for Heart Lung Machine and CDI Blood Monitors in the technology field.

Hands on Activity

Activity: How to draw digitally using photoshop and the tablet, Wacom.

We took photos and were able to experiment with Photoshop using photos and/or fanart. The best part of the workshop and conversation was that we recruited Alyssa to start teach digital art classes this winter! The teens were so excited to continue this “technology meets art” program that everyone was in agreement to keep it going.