Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Project Center

Sante Fe, New Mexico


Preserving historic art provides society with a greater connection to its cultural history. Unfortunately, insufficient protection from vibration for canvas paintings in transit threatens to rob us of this benefit. This project was sponsored by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (GOKM) who provided tools and suggestions for researching this ongoing problem. We designed and implemented an affordable method of using simple sensors to analyze the effectiveness of packaging materials at eliminating vibration. We used this analytic method to evaluate a variety of alternative materials to the conventional foams used in canvas shipping containers. Finally, we worked with the GOKM to create a draft exhibit design to raise public awareness of the museum’s work to stop vibration damage.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology