I’m super excited for the Wyss Retreat tomorrow!

It’ll be awesome to check out all the non-synbio projects happenin’ at the Wyss in a giant show-and-tell.

The event is invitation-only, and I believe the invitation said we can’t talk about what we see at the event.

But the organizers have provided a Twitter hashtag to encourage discussion.

wyss retreat


There were two awesome things that happened at the recent Wyss Meet n’ Greet.

The first was I got to try some Romanesco broccoli!


I’d really wanted to eat these ever since I found out about from Josh them many years ago. He described looking at a Romanesco broccoli as looking at infinity. Now I got to taste some infinity! (It tastes like regular broccoli.)

The second awesome thing was I reconnected with Lynda.

So when I’m in lab, I would sometimes see a really familiar person walk by. We would sort of stare at each other, trying to figure out where we’d seen the other person. She came up and introduced herself as Lynda in the Meet n’ Greet. Turns out she was in some of my classes way back!


I now know she’s in the Yin lab, so I’m definitely gonna try to stop by and say hi whenever I see her around.

I went to my first SIAM conference last week.

It was SIAM GD/SPM 2015, on Geometric & Physical Modeling, and it was right in my wheelhouse.

I only went on the last day, but I was exposed so many interesting ideas applicable to 3D printing and modeling.

It was exactly the section of computer graphics and mathematics that I love.


I saw some great talks, but one in particular I really liked was by Ryan Schmidt from Autodesk Research. He works on Meshmixer and talked about underlying representations of 3D models for almost all applications. If he’s right, and the future of CAD representation is meshes, maybe Blender could be leveraged and extended to be a really neat CAD tool.

Anyhoo, SIAM GP/SPM was probably the most intellectually inspiring conference I’ve been to. However, being very academic, it has some drawbacks. The registration was super costly (compared to other non-academic software conferences I’ve been to). None of the talks were recorded so those not at the conference can’t benefit from the presentations. As for diversity, out of ~70 people in a room, less than 10 people were women.

Overall, I had a great time and learned a lot. I hope SIAM gets better and perhaps I’ll go again next year!