Today we post the last biographies of our speakers! On Tuesday we will post biographies of our entertainment acts.
Associate Professor of Sculpture in the College of Creative Arts
Rod Northcutt a social sculptor and associate professor of sculpture at Miami University Ohio. His collaborative practice connects artists, designers, and students with multiple social groups through intervention and dialog to address social challenges, connect community members, share skills, and build creative confidence. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of North Texas, and he joined Miami in 2009. He has exhibited and performed internationally, designing interactive projects that generate community dialog through making-based practice. He co-founded and co-directs the non-profit MAKETANK, Inc., which administers the Oxford Kinetics Festival and develops multiple year round educational initiatives designed to enhance community STEM education using the techniques and methods of sculpture and design thinking.
Robert (Robb) Enzmann
Robb is a senior at Miami University, planning to graduate with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Mathematics this coming May, and will attend Miami’s graduate school to pursue an M.A. in mathematics starting in August. Robb is a passionate lover of music and technology, and blends the two as a professional music editor for figure skaters across the country. He originally came to Miami to study piano, but after taking a course in the history of mathematics his junior year, he gained a new perspective of math and picked up the double major. For his math capstone, he chose to study the Golden Ratio, since there were rumors that it could be found in the compositional structure of some music. To his dismay, most music, art, body proportions, architecture, and other things pertaining to aesthetics were completely devoid of the Golden Ratio. His talk at TEDxMiamiUniversity will focus on his discoveries about this magnificent number in the botanical kingdom, and the beautiful side of mathematics it represents.