In order to create lighting effects during plays, theaters must buy expensive hardware to operate lighting equipment. Electrical engineering and computer science major Kelsey Abe’s mission was to change that. At Founders' Day, Kelsey and a team of three other engineering students presented Project LightUP, a software program designed to operate lighting systems in theaters.
“LightUP was created on the Linux platform to give everyone access to this program for free,” Kelsey said, “allowing it to be a viable alternative to the expensive hardware lightboards.”
Kelsey said the engineering and computer science departments not only provided him with the knowhow to develop Project LightUP, but they also kept him on his toes and forced him to think in new ways. Modern Physics was especially challenging.
“Welcome to relativity, and a whole world of baffling phenomena,” Kelsey said.
Now that he’s graduated with two degrees in hand, Kelsey is working at Amazon. After working for a few years, Kelsey hopes to go back to school for either a master’s degree or a Ph.D. But even after graduate school, he wants to keep learning new things.
“I have learned from the best at UP, and they have inspired me to keep on learning,” Kelsey said. “Not just any kind of learning, but lifelong learning.