Lisa Gordillo, Visual and Performing Arts
From STEM to STEAM
Trained as a sculptor, with a background in theater and opera, Lisa Gordillo leads “Keep ‘Em Flying,” a project aimed at reducing bird-window collisions on Michigan Tech’s campus and beyond. Key Tech buildings include the Great Lakes Research Center, the Skywalk between Van Pelt and Opie Library and Rehki Hall, and the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building, where an average of six birds die each day from window strikes during migratory season.
Keep ‘Em Flying is a long-term collaboration between Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Pavlis Honors College.
Gordillo wants her students to find ways to say “yes” to big solutions, and aims to demonstrate that beginning students can solve large-scale, real-world problems in a dramatic fashion across art, sciences, and engineering.
Since many of her students are new to this creative world, she works with them to create collaborations across campus with disciplines not traditionally known for working in the arts—transforming a STEM school into a STEAM school.