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Special Professional Undertakings

June 2008

Resch taught his folded plate systems to an advanced class at CAAD(computer-aided-architectural-design), School of Architecture, ETH, Z├╝rich, Switzerland.

June 2007

Exhibited and Lectured on Resch Paper Folding at: "The Paper Lab", The Design Annual - "inside: private identity", Festhalle, Messe Frankfurt, Germany.

February 14, 2006

Delivered a live lecture via the internet to student body of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Rogers, Arkansas


Filoli Information Systems Company:
Built a Business Processes Model of the Claims Dept. process and Legal Dept. process of Industrial Indemnity Company a 1200 employee Workers’ Compensation Insurance Comp.


At the Design Systems Div. of Evans & Sutherland:
Invented a new method for the visualization of photo derived terrain or surface represented data.  "TexVec" (for textured vectors) refers to the method of
approximating a surface with vectors (as opposed to hardware texture mapping onto polygons) and assigning colors to the end points of the vectors by some function or by the digitized values of a photograph.  TexVec, and Textured Vectors are now trade marks of E&S.

Coordinated the development and production of the CDRS Video.   This product video is used in all E&S trade shows.  It received a second place award in the non-dramatic category of the 1990 annual Telly Awards.

Wrote a proposal for a client funded development program of an Evans & Sutherland real time architectural walk through product.


At the Simulation Systems Div. of Evans & Sutherland:
Initiated a Graphical Programming Project for the creation of visual flight system data bases.

Initiated a Graphical Hierarchical Simulator for E&S hardware designers of "ESIG-NEXT": the next generation real time image generator for flight simulation. The simulator would allow the designer to graphically define a block level design which would then be automatically translated into a C code behavioral description for register transfer level simulation.

Located and negotiated a contract with an outside company to do the Mac based design and translation environment.
Worked on the 'concave polygon problem' - how to convert a concave polygon into a minimal number of convex polygons.  (The Image generator failed if it was given concave polygons.)


A new method of data representation called "Cellular Coordinates"
invented by Resch was researched in collaboration with the Evans and Sutherland Computer Corp.  Cellular coordinates establishes a fixed correspondence between number and location.   A locations "content" is defined in Cartesian coordinates.  Locations and contents have been related such that the same symmetry transformation will work on both.

Several three-dimensional models have been programmed with this method.   20 mins. of video animation using these modeling techniques were produced on the E&S CT5-A flight simulator.


Advancements in Sheet Technology were developed in collaboration with Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. Specifically, their Design, Engineering,  and Numeric Controlled Machining groups helped to convert my mathematical theory of the "Folded-Developable Surface" into actual, three-dimensional forms; fabricated from metal sheets.


Research into the graphical and geometric portrayal of mathematical concepts were done in collaboration with the Computer Graphics Lab., N.Y.I.T.  Computer animation of Resch's tiling proof of the Pythagorean theorem, and systems of Cardanic Circular Motion have been studied.


The mathematical theory of the "Folded-Developable Surface", begun in the early 70's, is being further evolved in collaborative research with Prof. Tom Banchoff, and  students in the Mathematics Dept. of Brown University.


Board of Directors, Redding Group Inc., Ridgefield, Connecticut.


I was selected as one of the scientists to be featured in "THE CHALLENGE OF THE UNKNOWN", a series of eight, 20 min. films about mathematics and problem solving.   The series is a mathematics education project of the American Association For The Advancement of Science, and sponsored by a grant from the Phillips Petroleum Company.  The goal of the project is to promote science and mathematics education through filmed interviews with selected scientists in the United States. The films are designed for use in Math and Science courses at the elementary, junior, and senior high school levels. The films debuted in the schools in the fall of 1984, and were first broadcast on public television in 1985.


I was invited to be the Tutorial Projects Director, and Keynote Speaker for a two week residential course entitled "THE DESIGNER/COMPUTER INTERFACE". The course was held at
the Department of Design, Teesside Polytechnic, Cleveland, England.  It was sponsored jointly by the European Common Community via CREST/ITG, and The Science Research council of Britain. The purpose of the Course was the mutual introduction to each other of professional Designers and Computer Scientists. It was also intended to inform designers of the potential in Computer Graphics and CAD/CAM; and to identify for Computer Scientists the needs of the Designer as a computer user.


In the 1979 film "Star Trek the Motion Picture" I received a screen credit for Geometric Designs, which included the mouth that swallowed the Starship Enterprise.


The Koninklijke Emballage Industrie Van Leer B.V.
(headquarters in Amsterdam) retained me to develop patentable ideas in the packaging field. I developed 10 patentable ideas in the packaging of fruit that will increase the quantity of fruit on a pallet load by 30%. I also developed other patentable ideas in the packaging of medicines and other materials.


NASA, Langley Research Center, Structural Mechanics Division
issued a grant to me to develop innovative concepts on how to package a 100 meter focusing parabolic antenna into the hold of the Space Shuttle, so that it might be sent into space and deployed in a specified orbit.


The Community of Vegreville, Alberta Canada, commissioned me to design, manufacture, and install a permanent public monument, consisting of a giant egg (three stories high) with traditional Ukrainian Easter decorations.  The project required the development of a new geometry system, and associated mathematical computer programming. I completed this project successfully in July 1975, using highly sophisticated computer driven design and manufacturing tools.  In October, 1978, Queen Elizabeth II visited the egg sight and dedicated the structure for a second time.


Produced a computer animated film of a flight through a proposed architectural structure of my design. The design was an example of my geometric development of “the Space Curve as a Folded Edge”.  The method of making the animated film turned out to be of historic importance.

20 years after the production of this animation I was call as an expert witness in “Ampex v. Abekas” –(a patent infringement case between ADO Ampex the plaintiff and Abekas as defendant).  The defense legal research team of Hopkins and Carley determined that I was the first person ever to demonstrate computer assisted “key frame animation” with the “Betweening” being done by cubic spline interpolation.


The School of Architecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
invited me to hold a two week long seminar in which the student body with me, designed, fabricated and erected a 55-foot kinematic dome based on one of my geometric designs.


I was invited to produce a 58 minute television special program, entitled "Creativity". The program consisted of film and photos of my work, and thoughts on the creative process. It was sponsored by the East Main Public School District, Evanston, Ill., and the U.S. Office of Education, Project Bootstrap, Title III.


I produced a 43-minute color sound movie about my work.  This movie has been commercially distributed and aired on PBS stations in most of the major US cities to the present day.  It is now available from me directly (RonResch@gmail.com)