Author Archives: nicole

Making a Dodecahedron

After the first attempt, I realized that groggy clay is very difficult to carve into and switched to using porcelain.  The first step of the process is rolling out a slab of clay, then cutting out 12 pentagons and cutting the holes.  I bevel and score the edges before building the dodecahedron.  It helps to have

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First Dodecahedron

I love geometric shapes!  This piece was the first decorated dodecahedron I ever made.  It is different than subsequent pieces in that it is made of very dark groggy clay (T2 from Clay Planet) and salt fired.  I also made a series of little pyramids which are raku fired then hung from a piece of

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Painting Techniques

Painting techniques, which I took during my last semester at Cooper, allowed me to explore the egg tempera, oil, and fresco mediums. We began by preparing wooden tablets to apply tempera paint onto. This was a very labor intensive process which involved applying up to eight layers of a rabbit-skin glue and chalk mixture to

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Casting Techniques

Project I During my last semester at the Cooper Union, I took a casting techniques course which focused on the lost-wax casting process. I gained experience in mold making, obtaining a wax positive (see the wax mug below) from a mold, the investment process, and the actual metal pouring procedure. The first project I made

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MEAD Cryptographic Engineering Course – Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Koc sponsored me to attend this course on Cryptographic Engineering in Lausanne, Switzerland!  The course took place at the EPFL campus.  Topics covered included hardware implementations of public and private key algorithms, physically uncloneable functions (PUFs),  side channel attacks and countermeasures, and random number generator design. I also decided at the last minute to run an

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TRUDEVICE’14 – Lisbon, Portugal

TRUDEVICE is a training school on Trustworthy Manufacturing and Utilization of Secure Devices.  In 2014, it took place in the beautiful city of Lisbon at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Alameda.  The lecture topics include side channel attacks, fault attacks, Hardware Trojans, random number generators, and secure device manufacturing.  Some highlights included a hands-on lab where

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DAC’14 – San Francisco, CA

I attended the 51st Design Automation Conference (DAC) held at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco.  DAC always has high quality technical presentations along with a very active and expansive exhibition hall. One key point that was brought up in several talks was that with the complexity of SoC designs, verification needs to be

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TECHCON’13 – Austin, TX

The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) encourages cooperation between academia and industry by funding research which is most relevant to their member companies (IBM, Intel, Freescale, etc.) and provides universities with contacts in industry and access to designs and data (they also really like the word “synergy”).  TECHCON is an internal SRC conference that provides an opportunity for

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