Matthew Heimbueger
Intern Class of 2002
Recently, CIS caught up with Matthew Heimbueger, one of our summer interns from all the way back in 2002. He reminisced about his internship experience and updated us on what he's up to now.

Briefly describe what your research project involved.
I primarily worked for Roger Easton on the Archimedes Palimpsest.  I mostly did stitching which involves taking the 6 separate images that were captured of each page of the book and seamlessly putting them together, to make one complete page.  I used two different computers so that I could stagger each one and produce two pages in about 30min to 1hr.  This was done for 3 different "bands"; that is, the pages were photographed under large bandwidth visible, narrow UV, and narrow NIR sources to separate the underlying text from the top text (the Archimedes text and a prayer book, respectively).  I also stitched together images of pictures that Johan Heiberg had taken around 1906 for comparison purposes, to assess the degradation of the book. 

What was your favorite experience during the internship?
My favorite experience was going to the Kodak research department and seeing, among other things, a 4inx6in OLED display screen that was only 320x240 pixels, yet looked crisp from all angles. This was at a time when LCD couldn't be viewed from more than 30 degrees off axis.  

How did the internship influence or change you?
My internship gave me insight into the Imaging Science program and helped me make up my mind as to what major I would pursue in college - ultimately, Imaging Science at RIT.

What are you up to now?
I am currently a Senior Laboratory Engineer at the U of R Laboratory for Laser Energetics in the optomechanical department, where my responsibilities include assessment of transmission of the Laser pulse onto target, developing new tools for tuning the energy on target, and assessment of best focus on target.  

What are your future plans?
I plan to stay at UR as long as they will have me and move up the ranks to more managerial level positions while retaining a high level of hands-on development and research.

Would you recommend this experience to others?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this experience to others.  At the very least you get a great glimpse into the options that are really available for college majors, and a feeling for college culture.

Matthew graduated from Rush Henrietta Senior High School in 2003, after which he received a BS in Imaging Science with High Honors from RIT. In addition to working full-time, Matt is also completing a Masters in Imaging Science at RIT.

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