Unfolding Origami: Transforming Science and Engineering

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Unfolding Origami: Transforming Science and Engineering

with guest speaker, Dr. Manan Arya, from NASA's  Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 


Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:00am-11:50am. 

Dr. Manan Arya  had a space problem. The problem? When you want to send something into outer space, taking up as little space as possible is a big deal.

The logistics of rocket flight limit both a payload’s weight and its volume. The trick is fitting a lot of stuff into a tiny package. Arya’s task was to uber-efficiently package structures that can be deployed in space to capture solar power. The surface area of each structure needs to be giant to soak up the maximum amount of sunlight. But it needs to take up minimal space en route. An artist at heart, Arya turned to the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding for inspiration as well as meditative diversion.

This talk will focus on the use of origami in engineering practice. Dr. Arya's talk will provide an overview of his work involving the packaging and deployment of space craft structures and use of origami in this process.  

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(Civil and Environmental Engineering students: This presentation will take place in the regular CEE seminar, you may register using link above OR use the link provided to you for this seminar by Dr. Sachs.) 


DR. MANAN ARYA  is a Technologist in the Advanced Deployable Structures group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His research interests include large unfoldable origami-inspired structures, ultrathin composite materials, and thin-membrane structures. He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2016. 

Feel free to reach out to Alicia Olalde for any questions. 


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This is a joint presentation between the Swanson School of Engineering, International Engineering Programs, and the University Center for International Studies' Asian Studies Program.