Animation Major Helps CSUF Scientists Envision Black Holes, Future Technology


Vikki Brown remembers when her animation professor asked if she was interested in working with scientists at Cal State Fullerton on black hole and gravitational wave research.

“He said, ‘Are you into that?’ and I said, ‘Sure. I don’t know what it means, but it sounds cool,’” said Brown, a senior animation major and computer science minor who had been focusing mostly on 3D designs and video game projects.

That was in March 2018. And now the 22-year-old is the resident artist for the Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Center — a first for the center.

In her role she has taken gravitational wave data from students and transformed it into a 3D simulation of a neutron star being sucked into a black hole and disappearing. Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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