Penn State laureate, professor of visual arts, to visit Brandywine Oct. 18

MEDIA, Pa. — Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts at Penn State Altoona and the 2016-17 Penn State laureate, will visit Penn State Brandywine at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to present “Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving.” Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join Strzelec in Room 113 of the Main Building for her presentation.

An annual faculty honor established in 2008, the Penn State laureate is a full-time faculty member in the arts or humanities who is assigned half time for one academic year to bring greater visibility to the arts, humanities and University, as well as his or her own work. As such, the laureate is a highly visible representative of the University, appearing at events and speaking engagements throughout the Commonwealth.

Strzelec’s presentation will cover 3D printing’s trajectory as well as the work she completed on a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant focusing on multi-field responsive origami structures.

A Penn State faculty member since 2002, Strzelec has been using 3D printing technologies in her work since 1999 and has made significant advances in many fields including health care, safety, architecture, and art and design. Her work focuses on investigating the ways wearable objects interact with surfaces of the body and includes the creation of these wearable objects through computer-aided design and 3D printing.