Electronic Magic

The University of Illinois is famous for its engineers and its computer scientists, which fact gave me no little pride as an undergraduate in the computer engineering program. On the CS side of things, professional camaraderie is encouraged early on through an active student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


The ACM projects done each spring for Engineering Open House gave an aura of “this is where the magic happens” to their otherwise unimpressive quarters in the Digital Computer Laboratory, but when they moved into the Siebel Center, they set to work outfitting their lavish new space with programmable multicolor LED luminaries hanging from the ceiling. The colors cycle rapidly, almost faster than the eye can detect, but the camera can extract one configuration from the continuum that we may contemplate.

I hope my image above shows that this is still where the magic happens.