Build 3D models for paleontology experiments

Faculty Name:
Kathleen Ritterbush

Department:
Geology and Geophysics

Faculty College:
Mines & Earth Sciences

Email:
k.ritterbush@utah.edu


Project Description:

We are paleontologists looking for students to help build 3D models for physical and synthetic experiments.

We study how ancient animals moved and interacted with their environment. One large project tests how water flows around fossil sea shells. We 3D model and print the shells for physical experiments, and include the 3D models in synthetic computer experiments.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Students can learn: Shape capture with laser scanners & photography Modeling software to process, render, alter, and prep for printing Analysis of hydrodynamics, shape, etc


Student Benefits:

Applicants do NOT need to know these techniques already! Learn valuable skills Access tech & museum facilities Opportunity to propose 2018 UROP in biomechanics or paleo


Project Duration:

Project is ongoing through 2020. Very flexible schedules for training, modeling, and analysis tasks, depending on method. Students can participate on a rolling basis.


Minimum Requirements:

Digital modeling skills are NOT required. We’ll train the team. Students should be: reliable, intellectually curious, patient, with strong learning & retention skills