ESP Biography



VINCENT LEE, Photoshop Guru, Light Enthusiast




Major: 6.2

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2013

Picture of Vincent Lee

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I enjoy being quite a geek in a variety of areas, including graphics, mathematics, optics, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dr. Who, Apple Computer, and penguins. I like quiet environments and incessantly loud ones, but anything in-between is eerie and unnatural. I also enjoy writing small bits of self-referencing material, like this one, in bios about myself.



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Reverse Engineering in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Reverse engineer something awesome!


Science of Everything in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Derive the universe from a piece of fairy cake.


Reverse Engineering in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Reverse engineer something awesome!


Molecular Gastronomy in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
om nom nom... with science! We'll use chemicals not normally found in your kitchen to create interesting foodstuffs that defy traditional cuisine.


Pizza Appreciation in Spark! 2012 (Mar. 10, 2012)
Learn about what makes a pizza truly beautiful on the inside.


Reverse Engineering in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Reverse engineer something awesome!


PANINI! in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Let's make panini! Let's make them classy! Let's make them awesome! For sandwich connoisseurs.


The total science of a can of Rockstar. in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
We will delve into all aspects and facets of a can of Rockstar. We will look at the biochemistry of the drink, the derivation of the chemicals, the typography, the color set, and everything.


Build steam circuits! in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Let's extend the water analogy for circuits to steam! Make audio filters with brass pipes and steam! Be as steampunk as you can!


Color theory in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Learn everything about color gamut, CIELAB, light perception, light emission. It's really awesome.


Forward Engineering! in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Come help build an electric scooter!


Reverse Engineering in HSSP Spring 2011 (Feb. 19, 2011)
Do you wonder what exactly makes a watch tick? How a camera manages to advance film, focus, zoom, and capture an image? How a hard drive spins and stores large amounts of information in a small amount of space? So do we! Join us in the process of Reverse Engineering -- Learning about how stuff works by taking it apart and looking at the pieces. Every class we will take apart at least one new product, culminating in a student-chosen final product.


Duct Tape and Zipties Engineering in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
You only need two things to build any structure: Duct Tape Zipties GO!


BOOM Photoshop in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
A crash course in Photoshop techniques and theory. We will start with the basics of the program and speed on to advanced to techniques and world replication.


Knots for a Dangerous World in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
It's an unpredictable world out there, and you need to be ready for anything! This class will teach you all the knots that you need to get yourself out of a tight spot or to fix a problem in tension!


Intuitive Design in HSSP Summer 2010 (Jul. 11, 2010 - Jul. 11, 2011)
Good design allows people to interact with objects, environments, and ideas in an easy, efficient manner, and it allows the world to work both smoothly and elegantly. The class will strengthen your ability to intuitively understand how to design well and how to bring good design to your projects. It will partly cover technical skills like type layout and color spaces and partly cover more abstract ideas, such as "the nature of design".


Weekly World News in HSSP Summer 2010 (Jul. 11, 2010 - Jul. 11, 2011)
Are you not content with just "living your life", oblivious to the terrors happening around the world every day? Have no fear! This class will cover the past week's world news, keeping YOU updated! Each week's class will be taught by a different teacher and will cover different areas of interest.


Light in the Dark in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Ever wonder about the true nature of fluorescence, black-body radiation, and the visible light spectrum, and the dual nature of light? Want to learn about ground-breaking research about how to process light in the field of computational photography? Want to do all of this IN THE DARK??


The Pretentious Class in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Learn how to have **exquisite** taste and flaunt it. (will cover pretentious music tastes, pretentious scarf wearing, pretentious language, and so much more)


BOOM! Photoshop in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Photoshop is the most used consumer and professional graphics processing software on the market. This is a crash course in Photoshop, where you will learn how to use and abuse Photoshop's vast tool set.


Coke Science in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Learn EVERYTHING that makes the popular, delicious, and fizzy beverage, Coca-Cola, work, and enjoy some *explosive* applications of the science of Coke.


The Science of a Bottle of Coke (And Other Everyday Objects) in HSSP Summer 2009 (Jul. 12, 2009)
Have you ever stopped to think about how many thousands of years of compounded technology goes into making even the simple things in our modern world? This class will show how to deconstruct simple items into a vast, almost infinitely detailed web of technologies, built one upon another, resulting in a huge amount of information and history stemming from something as simple as an incandescent light bulb.


Introduction to Photoshop Fundamentals & Details in HSSP Spring 2009 (Mar. 14, 2009)
Adobe Photoshop Photoshop is one of the most powerful digital artist tools and one of the most popular pieces of software in the graphics industry. This class intends to quickly cover the basics of Photoshop, then move onto advanced techniques, with a possible concentration in the details of reality, the thinking behind beautification and manipulation of photographs, and the replication of the natural world.


Introduction to Photoshop Fundamentals and Techniques in HSSP Fall 2008 (Sep. 13, 2008)
Photoshop is one of the most used graphics programs out there for everything from simple photo editing, to interface design, to scientific imaging, and on. However, many people find it very difficult to absorb all of the monolithic program which is Photoshop, understand every tool and effect, and learn its secrets. That is where this class comes in. This class will cover numerous techniques and genres of Photoshop (art)work, starting with navigating around Photoshop (CS, CS2, or CS3), applying simple transformations, effects, and filters, creating composite images, hand-simulating effects, and will end with more advanced topics like interface design, heavy composites, and design ideology. This is not a basics class, and will become quite advanced, but beginners will be able to follow the lessons.