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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Christian Sasso

Chris is the founder of Heroic Arcade, a studio that won Best in Show at the Project Tango App Contest with WeR Cubed, an augmented reality 3D puzzle game playable on Google Tango devices. He is the former Senior Embedded Developer at Nest Labs and Senior Software Engineer at Cisco Systems. Chris is the holder of a dozen patents and is the recipient of the Cogswell 2016 President’s Award for Outstanding Student.

Isabell Fearnsby

As a professional oil painter and teacher, Isabell is known for her creative vision and love of collaboration. She is a natural teacher and enjoys fostering enthusiasm, curiosity and mastery of the subject matter in her students. She has over 20 years teaching experience in the US and abroad, is represented by two galleries and has work in frequent exhibitions as well as in private collections. Isabell currently teaches Art History, Photography, Color Theory and Design at Cogswell College. Title: Associate Professor Degrees: MFA in Figurative Painting from Academy of Art University, BA in History from UC Santa Cruz Website: www.isabellkfearnsby.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabellkfearnsby

Jerome Solomon

Jerome Solomon is Dean of the College at Cogswell. Jerome has 17 years of industry experience in Hollywood. He worked at Industrial Light and Magic, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, and Rhythm & Hues Studios. During his career, he received film credits on Avatar, Madagascar, Shrek 2, Babe, Ace Ventura II, and Batman & Robin. In addition, Jerome has shipped 3 AAA game titles in Star Wars Force Unleashed, Tiger Woods 07, and The Godfather Game. Jerome also sits on the National Committee for ACM SIGGRAPH. SIGGRAPH is a world leading computer graphics conference that includes representation from a worldwide selection of large and small studios. Jerome holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from UCLA and a Masters of Science Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Computer Animation. Jerome has used his technical background, creative talents, and leadership skills to create visuals and lead artists to produce stunning imagery.

Julius Dobos

Julius brings over two decades of professional experience as an award-winning composer of electronic and film music, sound synthesist, sound designer and audio engineer to Cogswell's Digital Audio Technology Department, as Distinguished Lecturer. At Cogswell, he teaches a wide range of audio- and music production courses, and advises students on portfolio projects, soundtrack production projects and student initiatives. Mr. Dobos conceptualized and co-founded the college's prestigious, cross-disciplinary MediaWorks project, for which he serves as the Audio- and Music Director. Additionally, he directs audio production for Project X movies, StarThief Studios and other highly visible large projects. Mr. Dobos' approach to education is heavily focused on delivering real-world knowledge and on the development of the advanced skills in demand in the audio- and music production industries today. All of his classes include hands-on work and both individual and collaborative, professional-level projects. He received the John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. Mr. Dobos started his piano studies at age five and was already composing music at nine. He studied composition, film score composition and audio engineering at various institutions across Europe, including the Weiner Leo Music School in Budapest, Hungary and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. After working as a freelance composer and synthesist for Roland, he founded his original music production- and publishing company, The Creative Shop, in 1998. Mr. Dobos has released eight electronic and orchestral/electronic albums, including the platinum-selling Connecting Images and the renowned Mountain Flying. He is one of the first Central-European composers of large-scale electro-orchestral music to receive international attention and has composed music for use in major motion pictures such as You Don't Mess with the Zohan, The Zookeeper, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Besides his original scores in feature movies, his work can be heard in television programs (such as Cartoon Network's DragonBall Z) and in countless documentaries. He has also produced award-winning music for advertising, corporate films and designed soundscapes for exhibitions and sound installations in the United States and in Europe. Additionally, he has produced music that features Grammy Award®-winning artists, engineered hundreds of music titles and mastered albums in a wide range of genres. Under his pseudonym forgotten future, Mr. Dobos currently composes ambient / psybient electronic music, enjoying both critical- and popular success in the genre worldwide. He is a member of AES, BMI and Artisjus. In his free time, Mr. Dobos enjoys photography, learning about Nature and the Universe and working in his state-of-the-art music production studio, currently located on the college campus, where he is exploring the uncharted territories of melody and sound. To find out more about his philosophy and current projects, visit Mr. Dobos' website at www.juliusdobos.com.

Mira Nikolic

Mira brings 17+ years of feature animation industry experience and passion for teaching computer graphics to future technical directors and technical artists. She serves as Assistant Professor in the Digital Arts and Animation program at Cogswell College. She worked at Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Studio, Digital Image Movers and PDI/Dremworks. Mira specialized in physically based modeling and animation techniques and contributed to the crowd simulation and cloth simulation pipelines at Disney Feature Animation and Pixar. As an effects technical director Mira worked on many shots including crowd simulation in Hunchback of Notre Dame, water simulation in Incredibles and Tarzan, particle simulation in Schrek and Nemo Submarine Disneyland ride. She was part of the team that developed rendering pipeline at Image Movers Digital using Renderman. Degrees: BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Novi Sad, Serbia MS in Computer Science from City College of New York, CUNY Graduate Center

Mohan Shah

As Professor and Program Director for Engineering, Mohan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Cogswell. He has more than 15 years of software industry experience leading software development and electrical engineering teams at Yodlee, Wells Fargo, CSI and NASA. Mohan is equally passionate about academics, science and technology. He loves to teach and share his interests in big data, applied mathematics and computer science.

Monica Cappiello

Monica brings over 8 years of higher education experience to Cogswell, including roles such as Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Media. Prior to that, she worked over 8 years in multiple studios such as Red Giant, Mendez Foundation, Pixellex Studios and PBS. Several works have been awarded at film festivals. Additionally, Monica has taught classes in modeling, texturing, lighting and other courses. Monica holds a Master’s Degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Animation, and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia in Studio Arts and Digital Media, minor in Astronomy.

Nando Gapasin

Nando has successfully provided job coaching for 1000’s of job seekers over the past 11 years. He’s cultivated and built 100’s of relationships with recruiters and hiring managers at top tier companies and innovative start-ups. He’s managed and award winning recruiting teams and led top performing college placement teams. As a freelance filmmaker he has written, produced, and directing short films, commercials, music videos, industrial videos for companies such as Office Depot, City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, and Sutter Health. Nando received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Picture Film and Television from the Academy of Art University. He currently applies all of his experience and skills to help Cogswell College students break into the industry and provides leadership to the Career Center staff.

Robert Steinberg

Robert Steinberg brings over 30 years of marketing and executive management experience to Cogswell’s Business Administration program. A former co-founder and President of a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) device and Defense systems company for over 18 years, he led the company to prominence providing innovated products to the Semiconductor Equipment, Factory Automation and Process Control markets, as well as the Defense Sector. In 1991, Robert was nominated for Entrepreneur of The Year, by the collective committee of Ernst & Young, Inc. Magazine, Merrill Lynch, KCBS and the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Soma Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an award-winning author and seasoned educator with seventeen years’ experience in the fields of English and Literary Arts. Soma's fiction debut, Collateral Damage: A Triptych, earned acclaim from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Antonya Nelson, Molly Giles and others – and was chosen as winner of the RopeWalk Press Editor's Fiction Chapbook Prize of 2013. In 2014, her work was adapted for the stage and performed by Seattle’s renowned Book-It Repertory Theatre. Soma's writing has placed in literary competitions offered by Zoetrope, Glimmer Train, the Mississippi Review and many more, and been singled out by the storySouth Million Writers Awardauthors. Recent work, some nominated for the Pushcart Prize, appears in The Best of Kore Press, Glimmer Train (issue 89), ZYZZYVA(issue 101) and online at Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven and Eclectica. Soma is currently completing a novel about the incendiary ecosystem of Oakland, California. Soma holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a BA in Asian Studies from Pomona College. A founding committee member of the City of Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate title, she has taught at institutions ranging from Oakland School for the Arts – whose literary journal, Enizagam, she overhauled and introduced to an international readership – to Holy Names University to Valhalla Correctional Facility. At Cogswell, she marries industry experience with academic rigor, advancing students’ individual and collective aims.

Timothy Duncan

Dr. Timothy Duncan is an award-winning composer, performer and educator who is equally at home working with technology and with traditional media. He has composed and performed a body of new music compositions as well as created visual pieces and music for modern dance that have brought him recognition in the form of awards and grants from the Southeast Interdisciplinary Fund, Meet the Composer, Inc., the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, and the Mississippi Arts Commission (among others), as well as guest composer residencies in places such as the Meadows School of Music at SMU, the Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Memphis. Dr. Duncan was music director for 14 regional and university theatrical productions, which earned him a citation (as composer) in the Shakespeare Music Catalogue. Dr. Duncan has been a member of the faculty of Cogswell Polytechnical College for over a decade. In addition to full-time teaching he was Dean of the College from 2005-2008. Dr. Duncan founded the Digital Audio Technology program, where he teaches many of its courses. He has synthesized his broad understanding of the music profession and the music industry to create an innovative audio program that targets both the manufacturing and the music production sides of the audio industry. Dr. Duncan completed degrees at the Universities of Tennessee, Memphis and Cincinnati, as well as pursuing additional study at Brooklyn College, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In addition to teaching, he has worked for Leapfrog Enterprises and the Asonda Corporation. He is a member of the College Music Society, the International Computer Music Association and the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group. Dr. Duncan's areas of specialization include sound synthesis, music composition and computer programming.