Giant 20-foot-tall steelworkers created out of ties from the Hot Metal Bridge and scrap from a vanished Pittsburgh steel mill will be installed at South Side Works later this month. The sculpture, entitled "The Workers," was created by CMU photographer Tim Kaulen and the 21 artists of the Pittsburgh Industrial Arts Co-Op (IAC), a Pittsburgh-based group of artists. Read more about the project at Pop City Media.
Jennifer Aylmer, recently appointed Special Faculty in the School of Music, recently recorded two songs for the "OPERA America Songbook" that celebrate the opening of the National Opera Center in New York City. Aylmer recorded songs by Kevin Puts and Howard Shore. The CD will be available for purchase in October. Read more about the new National Opera Center.
Jonathan Cagan, the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Psychology Professor Ken Kotovsky and former Ph.D. student Katherine Fu won the Best Paper Award at the 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Theory and Methodology Conference in Chicago. The paper is titled "The Meaning of 'Near' and 'Far': The Impact of Structuring Design Databases and the Effects of Analogy on Design Output." Co-authors also included Joel Chan and Christian Schunn of the University of Pittsburgh and Kristin Wood from SUTD, Singapore. This is the second best paper award won by Cagan and Kotovsky this summer and the third time in the last five years that Cagan has won this conference prize.