Robotics Researcher Sergey Levine for MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 | Seattle editorial photographer
Robots! Labs! Robotic hand labs! Had an awesome shoot back in July that just ran this month in MIT Technology Review. I was commissioned by the art team to photograph and film University of Washington CSE Professor Sergey Levine for #TR35, the magazine’s 35 under 35 feature. Levine has helped pioneer some incredible scientific research on how robotic limbs can be taught to touch and manipulate objects, learning independently through trial and error. I visited the sophisticated lab and was struck by how this robotic hand could be an asset for the future of everything from assembly lines to people requiring fully functioning prosthetic limbs. It was a joy to meet Levine and his co-lead on the ADROIT project, Vikash Kumar. They were gracious with their time and allowed me and my team all the access to do the shoot and get exactly what I envisioned for this story.
One of my first assignments as a photography intern with the Office of University Communications at Western Washington University was to explore the Chemistry Building. It’s a good thing no one asked me to help — it has been more than a while since high school chemistry class!
But really, my internship is looking to be an interesting experience. Every day is very different, but for now, I am tasked with gathering an archive of images of each building on campus. They are both building portrait assignments, as well as marketing of the school, departments and buildings. And I have to say, being given the license to roam and explore for the better part of each day has been a rewarding challenge.
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