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Xia’s Art in Nanoengineering Exhibit Opening at Smith

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department unveiled his “Art in Nanoengineering” exhibition during an opening on February 16 at the Smith College Campus Center. Professor Xia gave a slide presentation from 6:00 until 6:25 p.m., followed by a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nolen Art Lounge, where the art exhibition was held. Ten fantastic pictures that were totally unexpected from his previous research were on display. The purpose of the exhibition was to connect nanoengineering and art, while disproving two of the primary clichés that the two fields hold about each other: Engineering is boring, and art is stupid.

During his presentation, Professor Xia explained nanoengineering with nature- and man-made works of art, such as the Meteor Crater in Arizona, geysers in Yellowstone Park, Delicate Arch in Utah, Half Dome, Grand Canyon, California poppies, Machu Picchu in Peru, sculptures of presidents at Mt. Rushmore, etc. He also correlated how lithography, a process both for art and microprocessor, can be easily understood with the craft of waffle making. In the end, he explained why he has reached two overwhelming conclusions. Art is engineered. And engineering is great art. The exhibition was on display from February 16 through February 29. (February 2012)