How to Use Blender to Create Attractive Scientific Figures and Journal Cover Art

Hosted By: Optical Material Studies Technical Group

10 July 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

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This webinar will be a tutorial in the use of the free program Blender which can be used to make scientific figures for papers and compete for journal cover art. In addition, the presenter will have a brief discussion and motivation for the use of such programs and the importance of putting the "finishing touches" on excellent research.

What You Will Learn:

  • Introduction to blender - we host a live demo where attendees can follow along in the free software. they will become familiar with the software and how to perform basic tasks
  • Rendering for optics - during the live demo we will cover some advanced topics related to creating images for optics, such as how to make lasers beams, add focal blur, create realistic optical materials, and how to merge real photo images with CGI images
  •  Emphasize the importance of nice figures - the presenter will detail the importance of nice figures and general "finishing touches" on manuscripts to improve the competitiveness and appeal of research papers

Who Should Attend:

  • Graduate students 
  • Faculty 
  • Post-Docs

About the presenter

Nathaniel Kinsey, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Nathaniel Kinsey received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He followed with his Masters of Science from the University of Missouri in 2012 where he researched optically activated solid-state switches for high energy RF systems. Following, Nate moved to Purdue University to pursue his PhD where he has researched nonlinear optics, integrated nanophotonics, and plasmonics.

During his time at Purdue Nate has received several awards for his research contributions including the Meissner Fellowship, the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award.

In the fall of 2016 Nate joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he has contined his studies of nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, and plasmonics while exploring their application and intersection with new areas of technology.