The organic symmetry of geometric shapes can be mesmerizing.  The simple elements which make up complex shapes are what intrigue us and have pushed us to extend the work of those who have come before us.  

Some of the designs employed by The Symmetry Group are so ancient, no record exist of who created them. Other designs are more modern than you would think. This is where we give credit to the innovators who came before us.  


Ronald Resch

American artist Ronald Resch (1939-2012) studied at the University of Iowa. Ron Resch was an artist, computer scientist, and applied geometrist, known for his work involving folding paper, Origami Tessellations and 3D polyhedrons.  A pioneer in the field of computer art, he has been assistant professor of architecture and computer sciences at the University of Illinois, a lecturer in IT research at the University of Utah, and director of the Computer Graphics Center at Boston University, as well as giving lectures at other institutions.  In 1979 Paramount Pictures hired him to create movable folding modules for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Watch Resch's seminal documentary film Paper and Stick Film

 

Thomas Hull

Thomas Hull finished his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Rhode Island in 1997. His dissertation was on list coloring bipartite graphs, but now he focuses on the mathematics of origami (paper folding). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Western New England University in Springfield, MA.

Dr. Hull is very active in the community of mathematical origami.  Check out his website.

 

James Plank

Jim Plank is a Professor of EECS at the University of Tennessee. Professor Plank received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1993.  His research interests are currently focused on erasure codes for storage applications. Other interests are network storage, fault-tolerance, checkpointing, distributed and Grid computing, systems programming and operating systems. Less related to his job at Tennessee, he also has interests in duplicate bridge, computer-mediated music performance, origami, and jgraph.  He has been at the University of Tennessee since January, 1993.

James Plank's (Penultimate unit) is the inspiration for our original design.  While origami Dr. Plank's hobby (rather than is primary research focus) he has published a number of origami resources.