The Department of Applied Sciences welcomes you, one and all!
At FAU, we're celebrating science and ringing in the new school year with live music, games, contest and other fun festivities. Drop in on the convention and hang out with prospective new students and returning alums! Attend panels and events, learn new skills in art and crafting, visit FAU workshops and much, much more. Meet up with friends new and old, engage in commerce at the Dealer's Den or Artist's Alley or go head-to-head against other students in our game room.
Lock in your calendars for August 16-18, 2013 in Whippany, NJ. There's science to be done!
Hailing from the cold, frozen wastes of Ontario, Canada, Strype is a well-known artist in the furry fandom, notable for his distinctive comic-like style, use of light and colour, and talent for drawing mechanical and cybernetic characters. The 30 year old artist has been prowling the fandom for about a decade now.
Currently residing in a evil megafortress, Strype spends his days churning out artwork, scouring dusty old tomes for mystic rituals that go against the very laws of nature, and striking down would-be heroes who try to foil his plans.
Having recently clawed his way out of the filth-ridden hellhole that was the call center he was banished to for the last ten thousand years, Strype has begun his slow but inexorable ascent to world-domination, and spends every wednesday in a ritual cagematch in the bowels of a live volcano against his eternal rival and neighbor, Amber "Miss Mab" Williams, whom he has a tremendous size advantage against. Their matches tend to end in draws, however, as her technical wrestling skills have proved difficult for Strype's brute-force style to overcome.
Amber "Miss Mab" Panyko
In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was light... and then a lot of time passed because Amber Panyko didn't want to enter the world until those lights were bright and flashy. But the lights did become flashy. And on August 19, 1982, Amber Panyko decided it was time to destroy the universe. As she grew up, she had but one dream: to become a zilla-sized monstrosity and destroy the world... however she did not anticipate how entertaining cartoons and comics were, and thus the world was saved. And it was good.
As she got older, she decided to embark on a side quest to learn how to do her own comics. To do so, she learned how to draw gud gud via the University of Southern Indiana. However in 2006 someone forgot to press B in time and she evolved into Amber Williams. Now a MapleSyrup type pokemon, she moved her lair of evil to Canada. These days she spends most of her time working on the webcomic "Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures" or DMFA for short, a project she started back in 1999 and has forgotten how to stop. As well as plans of world destruction...but now that there is a new TMNT series out, that plan will likely get delayed yet again. Curse you animated television!
Hailing from Los Angeles, Lazarus grew up in an aerospace family, surrounded by planes and the engineers who designed them. His dreams were set squarely on the stars, but other interests began to see him drift away from science during high school and college aspirations of a career in photography led to a strange sequence of events that landed him the internship of his dreams: working in the spaceflight industry.
Working hard, he was hired in 2010 and worked on the final four Shuttle missions. He secured himself deeply in working with the public, and was quickly transferred to an educational post at the end of the Shuttle program, where he remains today (with the occasional engineering or design challenge). His work keeps him in close proximity with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dryden Flight Research Center, and his use of Twitter has shown what it's like to be on the front lines of cutting edge space science.
When not dealing with space, he runs endurance races, flies his own high-power rockets, performs stand-up comedy, still takes photos and overall allows the awesomeness of spaceflight pervade every moment he's awake.