Jerome has 17 years of industry experience in Hollywood. 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 is the Conference Chair for SIGGRAPH 2017. SIGGRAPH is a world leading computer graphics conference that includes representation from a worldwide selection of large and small high tech companies, studios, and universities. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Silicon Valley NAACP Circle of Friends Award.
Isabell Fearnsby, professional oil painter and teacher, is known for her creative vision and love of collaboration. Isabell 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.
Associate Professor Karen Keister credits her time spent as a graduate teaching assistant for igniting her passion for teaching. The advent of the digital darkroom has opened new avenues in her personal work, which has been exhibited in local galleries. Her design expertise has also been used in signage for a national retail chain. She joined Cogswell College in 1999 as an adjunct professor teaching 2D Design and Photoshop courses. Since then she has taught and developed curriculum for color theory and photography courses at Cogswell.
Emilio Villalba is a painter who was born and raised in Southern California. He studied animation at the Art Institute of California and went on to work for a few visual effects studios including Method Studios in LA, as well as Ab5trax in Hollywood. He worked on commercials for Nike, Visa, Pepsi, and HBO as well as animated scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean 3. In 2007, Emilio moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in painting. He studied at the Academy of Art under Mark Tennant and John Wentz. In his final year of school he won the Directors Choice Award for best oil painting and started teaching art at a college level. He currently lives in San Francisco and continues to paint. He has had 2 solo shows in the past year and is represented by 3 galleries in the country.
Reid Winfrey has always been able to draw and holds realism as the honest test of a draftsman. As an instructor at Cogswell, he has the opportunity to study and practice realistic rendering. As an artist, he approaches realism in terms of the challenge of creating images that have “painterliness,” or the sensuality of paint and color and obvious hand of the painter. His work has been shown throughout California and the United States as well as Europe and Asia.
Bruce Razban has three decades of senior management in Silicon Valley, including positions at HP, PayPal, National Semiconductor, and PG&E. Concurrently, he has more than a decade of academic experience as a lecturer, instructor, and course/department manager. Working with Emery and Stanford Universities, he managed “National Leading Change” and HPshopping.com eCommerce transformational and massive projects. The US Patent Office granted him patent number 5289587 which was used by HP and National to create a $58 Million product line. He is also an accomplished author of many books and articles on management. Upon publication of his “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” book, he was invited by the White House to lead a bi-partisan management group to make recommendations regarding job creation.
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 an advanced technology company for over 18 years in the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) device and Defense systems industries, he led the company to prominence providing innovated products to the Semiconductor Equipment, Factory Automation and Process Control markets as well as in the Defense Sector. He was also nominated for Entrepreneur of The Year in 1991. He has continued to foster and promote entrepreneurism through his active involvement with one of the largest, world-wide non-profit organizations in entrepreneurial growth: The Indus Entrepreneurs.
Professor Jonali Bhattacharyya is Associate Professor in the Digital Art and Animation program at Cogswell College. Prior to joining Cogswell College, Professor Bhattacharyya was a professional animator working at Factor 5 LLC, Secret Level (Sega), and Cinematico. Her game credits include Iron Man, Lair, Golden Axe and Marvel Ultimate Alliance II, in addition to working on 2 shelved titles.
Professor Bhattacharyya joined Cogswell College in 2009. She has since taught and brought new depth to Cogswell's animation program. Besides teaching, Professor Bhattacharyya also heads our in-house student project 'Avatarah', guiding students in the production pipeline of creating 3D animatable characters.
Professor Bhattacharyya holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from Gauhati University, India, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Animation from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Her specialties include Quadruped Animation and Game Animation. Additionally she has a strong background in Computer Programming and Traditional Fine Arts.
Monica brings over 8 years of educational experience to Cogswell, including titles 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.
Ed has over 5 years of experience in the video game industry and currently is a Senior Character Artist at Toys For Bob. Recently, he has had the pleasure to work on the billion dollar franchise Skylanders. He not only created content for the game, but also sculpted and posed many of the games toys. He is familiar with many industry pipelines which include games, toys and film.
Nancy is an award-winning illustrator from Montreal, Canada. Her illustrations have appeared in dozens magazines, 170+ book covers, more than 30 children’s books in 20 countries, eBooks and Apps. Her current series of “Who Was…?” biography books climbed to #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and are being made into a Netflix series. Nancy has been teaching for more than 10 years on the East and West Coasts, sharing her enthusiasm and experiences as a digital painter and illustrator. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, biking, kayaking, and chilling with her husband and Italian Greyhound, Pixel.
Mira Nikolic brings 17+ years of feature animation industry experience and passion for teaching computer graphics to future technical directors and technical artists. Mira has specialized in physically based modeling and animation techniques and contributed to the crowd simulation and cloth simulation pipelines at both Disney Feature Animation and Pixar. As an effects technical director Mira worked on shots including crowd simulation in Hunchback of Notre Dame, water simulation in The Incredibles and Tarzan, particle simulation in Shrek and Nemo Submarine Disneyland ride. She was part of the team that developed rendering pipeline at Image Movers Digital using Renderman.
Anthony Dias is an instructor in the Digital Audio Technology department and also serves as Visual Director for Cogswell MediaWorks; a project-based course in which visual students work with audio students to create short AudioVisual pieces for real-world clients. Before teaching at Cogswell, Anthony worked as a video editor, photographer and production manager for IDIAS Production and prior to that at SpanishMasters Creative Studios. His commercial work has been broadcast locally and nationally on Hispanic television networks. As an artist and producer, he enjoys making music styles of electronic dance music. Mr. Dias received the John & Ginnie Chin Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.
With over two decades of professional experience as an award-winning composer of electronic and film music, sound synthesist, sound designer & audio engineer, Julius Dobos is internationally known for his work in major motion pictures and television shows (such as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Zookeeper, Mall Cop, DragonBall Z), in new media, advertising and sound installations. He has released nine electronic and electro-orchestral albums (including a platinum), produced music featuring Grammy® awarded artists, engineered and mastered hundreds of music titles. A lecturer in a wide range of audio production courses, senior portfolio advisor, also a speaker and creative project consultant, he conceptualized Cogswell MediaWorks, and serves as the Audio- and Music Director for MediaWorks, Project X, COG and other large Cogswell productions.
James McTigue, Adjunct Professor, has over 4 decades of professional experience in acoustics, audio, broadcast, and film. His experience has spanned production, equipment and facility design and manufacturing, and acoustic research and development. His career began at the legendary A & R Recording Studios and progressed with positions at other notable companies including Automated Processes, Inc., Sigma Sound Studios, Altec Lansing, Radix Systems, Euphonix, and Avid. Currently, he is also as an independent technology consultant. He has co-chaired the AES’s 129th and 133rd Conventions and served as Vice President and Governor of the local Recording Academy Chapter. He is a member of IEEE, Recording Academy, Audio Engineering Society, and Alpha Pi Mu.
Xo Xinh is an electroacoustic music composer, performer, and educator. His compositions have been selected to be performed throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Australia, and South America including Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, PNEM Sound Art Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Santa Cecilia International Electroacoustic Music. Xo Xinh is currently an Interactive Audio/Sound Arts Program Chair at SAE Institute and Electronic Music Professor at Evergreen Valley College.
Robert Rich, Adjunct Professor for DAT, is a respected recording artist and electronic musician with over four dozen albums spanning four decades. He tours and performs worldwide, and creates sound design for synth manufacturers and film. As a mastering engineer, Rich started in the early 1990s alongside Motown veteran Bob Olhsson. Rich developed an audiophile reputation for his own spacious recordings and for his mastering work in all styles.
Timothy Duncan, DMA, is an award-winning composer, a versatile performer and an educator with over twenty-five years of experience. He founded the Digital Audio Technology program in 2002 which he continues to direct. He also directs the new Virtual Reality Certificate Program. His principal teaching areas include audio programming, audio signal processing and sound synthesis. His music can be heard in the soundtrack to "Driven," the 3rd Project-X release.
Nick Fortino is a psychology professor, researcher, and theorist who believes in the power of learning psychology for individual and social evolution. He has conducted research on psychological disorders and non-debilitating treatments. He also teaches yoga and studies its psychological benefits.
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier brings two decades’ experience in English and Literary Arts, having taught at institutions ranging from Oakland School for the Arts to Holy Names University to Valhalla Correctional Facility. Her award-winning prose chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press) earned acclaim from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Michelle Tea, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Antonya Nelson, Molly Giles and others. In 2014, her work was adapted for the stage by Seattle’s renowned Book-It Repertory Theatre. Recent work appears in The Best of Kore Press, Glimmer Train and ZYZZYVA. She serves as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate, and as faculty advisor to COG, Cogswell’s student run multimedia literary zine.
Professor Rich Schimpf received his BA from Columbia University and his MA from Stanford University, both in Russian Literature. After Stanford, Rich pursued his own career in fiction writing, winning several awards and appearing in a number of publications. He transitioned into screenwriting in 2003, and quickly developed a successful business as a story editor and script doctor. He is credited on six films, and has consulted on dozens more.
Irv Kalb has been teaching software development and computer-based training since 2010. He has worked as a software developer, manager of software developers, and manager of software development projects. He has worked as an independent consultant for many years with his own company, “Furry Pants Productions” concentrating on educational software. Previously, he worked as an employee for a number of high tech companies. His first book on programming Learn to Program with Python was released in September, 2016.
Mohan Shah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Cogswell. He has more than 15 years of software industry experience and is equally passionate about academics, science and technology. He has successfully led software development teams at different companies. Mohan has designed new products in software as well as traditional electrical engineering fields for companies/organizations like Yodlee, Wells Fargo, CSI and NASA. Mohan also has taught at different colleges including UC. He likes to teach and make students interested in the subject matter.
Professor Shreiner is an expert in computer graphics and GPU computing, particularly rendering using OpenGL, OpenGL ES, and Apple's Metal. He is also the co-author of "The OpenGL Programming Guide" ; "The OpenGL Reference Manual” ; "The OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming Guide" (first edition); and "Interactive Computer Graphics: A Top-Down Approach with Shader-Based OpenGL" (sixth edition), and its new version "Interactive Computer Graphics with WebGL" (seventh edition). Professor Shreiner is the series editor for Pearson's OpenGL professional library, and an adjunct instructor at Cogswell Polytechnic College where he teaches a class on computer graphics.
He has also presented various courses on OpenGL and OpenGL ES at conferences worldwide, including 16 SIGGRAPH conferences (20 if you include SIGGRAPH Asia), and authored the first commercial OpenGL course for Silicon Graphics Computer Systems (SGI - the creators of OpenGL).
Additionally, Professor Shreiner has volunteered for ACM/SIGGRAPH for many years. He is Conference Chair Emeritus of the 41st SIGGRAPH conference held in Vancouver, B.C. August 10-14, 2014, and currently serves as the Treasurer of ACM SIGGRAPH. He is also currently the Director of VR Engineering, Unity Labs, for Unity Technologies.
Ron Andaya, a Senior Technical Artist, has been in the game industry for over ten years. He has worked on several AAA titles such as Dead Space, Modern Warfare 3, and Advanced Warfare. He spent five years at Electronic Arts and started working at Sledgehammer Games in 2011. As a Technical Artist, he finds a perfect mix of being able to use his programming and art background to help deliver blockbuster games.
Albert Chen is Associate Professor in the Game Design and Development program at Cogswell College, specializing in game design and production. He has also taught Lego Mindstorm and game development to middle school children for Wizbots and Galileo Learning. Prior to teaching, Albert was a professional game developer for over twelve years working for EA, LucasArts, Factor 5 and the 3DO Company.
Rosie Katz comes to Cogswell bringing eleven years of experience working in the Game industry. A Bay Area native, having graduated from Cogswell herself, Rosie started her career as a QA tester climbing the ranks to Designer, working on such notable franchises as Dead Space and Call of Duty. Throughout her career she has worked training other industry professionals and mentoring students looking to break into the industry.
Ricardo brings over ten years working in the gaming industry to Cogswell. He’s worked at THQ and Activision Blizzard as a 3D characters artist. Some of his credits include Cars, Ratatouille, and Transformers 2. Ricardo has also taught numerous college courses on Game Design and Game Art since 2011.
Stone Librande, a Lead Designer at Riot Games, has worked in the game industry for over 15 years on games such as SimCity (EA), Spore (EA), and Diablo 3 (Blizzard Entertainment). In addition to his full-time job designing video games, he has also taught game design courses at Cogswell College and Carnegie Mellon University's ETC program. Stone’s innovative approach to game design and conveying design information has made him a recurring speaker at the Game Developers Conference as well as running seminars around the world.
Evan Skolnick has over 25 years of combined story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision and Lucasfilm. An active game writer and international speaker, he has imparted knowledge to over a thousand working game development professionals. Mr. Skolnick has also taught game writing on a full-time basis at the only university in the Western Hemisphere to offer such a program. He is the author of the Penguin Random House book Video Game Storytelling.
Deep Shikha Shrivastava brings over two decades of teaching experience to Cogswell. She is deeply committed to student learning by establishing higher expectation and motivating and inspiring her students to exceed their own individual goals. She believes in identifying the difficulties hindering students’ understanding and then presenting the difficult concepts in easier to understand lessons.
"Physics explains everything happening within or around us in simple mathematical equations"
She especially enjoys the fact that Physics offers creativity and logic, and also takes the mind on a journey of extremes. She views Physics course as a special opportunity to train one's mind in thinking very deeply and critically about any situation and in offering logic and reasoning while predicting the outcomes and possible solutions. She wants her students to have fun and enjoy the challenges that come on the way.
Prior to joining Cogswell College in Fall 2015, she had taught math and science in local school districts. In 1990s, she served as Systems Analyst with National Informatics Center of India, developing legal system software for Supreme Court of India and High Court of Delhi.
She enjoys watching action/thriller/science fiction movies. Her dreams, extremely detailed and vivid, are mostly about spaceships and space wars. She enjoys her space trips in her dreams!
Nirmal Singh has taught mathematics at Cogswell College since 1980. Prior to coming to Cogswell he served as chair of the Mathematics Department and taught physics at Khalsa College, Fiji Islands. He also taught mathematics at G.H.G. Khalsa College, Punjab, India, and at Bikram College of Commerce, also in Punjab. India. He specializes in applied mathematics and has a particular interest in developing new methods to simplify complex multiplication processes. He has taught students in all programs and prides himself on making math accessible to all and concern for students and emphasis on pedagogy has made him a popular and successful teacher. In addition, to his degrees, he holds certificates in a number of digital media tools.
An organized professional with more than 6 years of teaching experience with an ability to improve student's critical thinking and problem solving skills, Jayeeta Sinha can explain complicated Mathematical concepts in an easily understandable manner. She quickly develops an excellent rapport with the students and is good at communicating students’ needs. She has experience in teaching College Algebra, Trigonometry and Intermediate Algebra.
Professor Richard Chuang serves as Chief Executive Officer of PIC2. Mr. Chuang is a Co-Founder of Pacific Digital Image (PDI) Dreamworks Animation Studios. Professor Chuang pioneered PDI’s powerful proprietary animation system, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized with two Technical Achievement Awards in 1997 and in 2016. This animation system has been used on countless commercials, live-action feature films including: Antz, the Academy Award-winning Shrek, and Shrek 2. He also led the team that created digital superheroes in the Warner Bros. blockbuster Batman and Robin. He has 16 live action film credits as visual effects supervisor through 2002. Professor Chuang planned and guided the CG production for Father of the Pride, DreamWorks’ first all computer animated primetime TV show. Professor Chuang serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Cogswell Polytechnical College. He has over 30 years of experience in the animation and visual effects industry in Hollywood and worldwide. His credits range from directing TV commercials to winning an Emmy Award for graphics.
COMPANIES: Cisco Systems, Atlanet, Softek, Nest Labs, Ericsson
ACADEMIC DEGREES: B.S., Software Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (110 out of 110) M.S., Computer Networks, Politecnico di Torino (110 out of 110) B.S., Game Design Engineering, Cogswell Polytechnical College (Magna Cum Laude)
Christian (Chris) is the founder of Heroic Arcade, a studio specialized in virtual and augmented reality experiences, that in 2015 won the Best in Show award at the Google Tango Competition; before that he worked for few successful startups like Andiamo and Nest, and over the years has accumulated more than a dozen patents in the field of networking; currently Chris is playing with flying drones, 360° video streaming, smart appliances and mixing virtual and augmented realities at the Ericsson Experience Center in Santa Clara.