MICA is where I learned how to think three dimensionally.
Aleks Bogunovic '12 '13 (fiber, Business of Art & Design) is lending her talent to space exploration by making thermal blankets to cover and protect space instruments for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). "We work with thermal engineers who give us the specifications of the blanket layout they want, which basically means how thick the blanket needs to be," Bogunovic said. Currently, she flies back and forth between her home in Maryland and Arizona, where she's working on thermal blankets for the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS), a satellite instrument that detects heat and is used to take the earth's temperature.
"A lot of times people say, ‘what are you doing at NASA with an art degree?'" she said. "But you use a lot of technical skills from sewing to pattern making, and you have to be creative." Another skill that has helped her is the ability to think three dimensionally. "MICA is where I learned how to do that," she said.