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Aurore Simonnet began working in October of 2000 as a scientific illustrator for the NASA Education and Public Outreach Group at Sonoma State University, CA. Aurore adds a creative flare to physical science and technical illustrations used for the various education and public outreach programs. From diagrams to illustrations, her skills in graphic design, 3-D animation, and web design contribute a diverse scientific perspective. Aurore became interested in physics and astronomy as a student.

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, she developed an individual major entitled "Physical Science Illustration," expanding on her strengths as an artist. Aurore built her own curriculum, combining both science classes in physics and astronomy and natural science illustration classes. Alongside her physics professor, Don Coyne, she designed her senior project, which consisted of a large poster of the MILAGRO Telescope (located in Los Alamos) and a triptych of three posters showing the evolution of the explosion of a primordial black hole. The summer after graduating, Aurore worked as an intern for the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) League, in New Jersey. She worked on a rendering of their future array of sixteen telescopes. The internship helped improve her skills even more and prepared her to find employment in the field. Aurore is a native of France who speaks English and French fluently. Aurore recently returned to competitive synchronized swimming, a sport in which she has been active for almost 15 years.




B.A in Physical Science Illustration, June 2000
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
A.A in Graphic Design, Chabot College, Hayward, CA, June 1998.
High School Diploma, College Victor Louis, Talence, France, June 1995.
High School Diploma, Newton High school, IA, June 1994.


Illustration of the Milagro Gamma Ray Telescope and Primordial Black Holes, UC Santa Cruz, Professor Don Coyne, 01/00 - 07/00.
Illustration project in undergraduate research (GLAST: Gamma ray Large Area Space Telescope) 03/00.
SETI League illustration projects, book and CD design, QSL card. 06/00 - 08/00.

Language and Computer Skill:

Fluent in English and French.
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Painter, Pagemaker, Dreamweaver.

Special Activities:

Competitive Synchronized Swimming, 1990-2000.
Musician, some piano awards.

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