Boaz Burnett

Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Mathematics, Studio Art, Biology, Graphic Design, Metalsmithing, Wildlife Biology/Ecology, Electromechanical Engineering and Technology, Photography, and Vet Technology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, MA, MFA, Associate Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Cintia Segovia Figueroa, MFA, Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media

Dr. Kathy Callahan, Professor of History

Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Marcie Venter, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


Infinity_Ingress is the result of months of research and development dedicated to producing the world's first taillights with scrolling text.While a great variety of aftermarket tail lights exist for the NA Miata platform, none offer the amount of customizability found on my design. No other tail lights, regardless of car make and model, have a programmable LED matrix that can display text and art like mine. This project takes 12V DC signals from my 1990 Mazda Miata and converts them to 5V using a PCB I designed. These 5V signals are then used as inputs to an Arduino Nano, which controls the outputs to the LED strips and matrices. As well as acting as the power source for the LEDs. This project allowed me to expand my knowledge of circuits, programming, additive and subtractive manufacturing, as well as 3D design. I used a variety of hardware and software during the course of this process including: 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Solidworks, Soldering, PCB Design, and C++. Currently the text as well as the colors of the LEDs is preprogrammed, however as I continue to work on this project I plan to add Bluetooth connectivity in order to change the text that scrolls on the center Matrix. This project has taught me that implementation can be the most difficult aspect of designing a product. The design components may work individually, but when forced to fit your design into a constrained space, issues quickly appear. For more information: https://youtu.be/sJuVkcnQKYQ