Stone Librande

Game Design & Development

A Lead Designer at Riot Games, Stone has worked in the game industry for over 15 years on games such as SimCity, Spore, and Diablo 3.

Evan Skolnick

Game Design & Development

Evan Skolnick has over 25 years of combined story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision and Lucasfilm.

Cogswell Faculty

At Cogswell, you’ll find your mentors among our experienced faculty with ties to major industry players in Silicon Valley.

To learn more about our faculty and academic leadership, read through some of their bios, featuring accomplishments in the fields of business, arts, and technology.

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Anthony
Dias

Faculty
Instructor

B.S. Digital Audio Technology
Cogswell College

IDIAS Production
SpanishMasters Creative Studios

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.

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Bineet
Sharma

Faculty
Assistant Professor

M.S., Computer Science
Southern Illinois University

M.S., Mining Engineering
Southern Illinois University

B.Tech
Indian Institute of Technology

Concuity
Epiphany
National Data Corporation
Soffront

Bineet Sharma is a seasoned technologist with 30+ years of experience in technical architecture, upper level management, professional teaching, and entrepreneurship.

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Bruce
Razban

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. Computer Sciences and Management
University of Wisconsin-Madison

HP, Zilog, PayPal, National SemiConductor, PG&E

Bruce Razban has three decades of senior management in Silicon Valley, including positions at HP, PayPal, National Semiconductor, and PG&E.

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Christian
Sasso

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S., Computer Networks
Politecnico di Torino

B.S., Software Engineering
Politecnico di Torino

B.S., Game Design Engineering
Cogswell Polytechnical College

Cisco Systems
Atlanet
Softek
Nest Labs
Ericsson

Christian (Chris) is the founder of Heroic Arcade, a studio specializing in virtual and augmented reality experiences, which in 2015 won the Best in Show award at the Google Tango Competition.

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Deep
Shrivastava

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Computer Information Systems

B.S. Electronics and Communication Engineering

NS Institute of Technology, India

BITS, India

Escorts Telecom Ltd.
National Informatics Center

Deep Shikha Shrivastava brings over two decades of teaching experience to Cogswell.

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Emilio
Villalba

Faculty
Associate Professor

BA
Art Institute of California

MFA
Academy of Art San Francisco

Emilio Villalba is a painter who was born and raised in Southern California.

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Evan
Skolnick

Faculty
Instructor

B.A. English, Journalism, Graphic Design

Activision
LucasArts
Electronic Arts
Disney
Ubisoft
Kabam

Evan Skolnick has over 25 years of combined story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision and Lucasfilm.

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Irv
Kalb

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Computer Science
West Coast University

B.S. Computer Science
Rutgers University

Convergent Technologies
Apple
Acuson

Irv Kalb has been teaching software development and computer-based training since 2010.

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Isabell
Fearnsby

Faculty
Associate Professor

B.A. History
UC Santa Cruz

MFA Figurative Painting
Academy of Art University

Isabell Fearnsby, professional oil painter and teacher, is known for her creative vision and love of collaboration.

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Jayeeta
Sinha

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Mathematics
Tezpur University, India

B.S. Mathematics
Dibrugarh University, India

B.E.
Dibrugarh University, India

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.

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Julius
Dobos

Faculty
Distinguished Professor

Weiner Leo Music School, Budapest

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Kando Kalman University, Budapest

Sony Pictures / Happy Madison
Discovery Channel
Cartoon Network
Roland Corp.
The Creative Shop
Member of AES, BMI and ARTISJUS

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.

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Mirjana
Nikolic

Faculty
Associate Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Novi Sad, Serbia

M.S. Computer Science
City College of New York

Disney Feature Animation
Pixar Studio
Digital Image Movers
PDI/DreamWorks

Mira Nikolic brings 17+ years of feature animation industry experience and passion for teaching computer graphics to future technical directors and technical artists.

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Nick
Fortino

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. East West Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies

M.A. Psychology
Sofia University

B.S. Health and Exercise Science
Sacramento State University

Nick Fortino is a psychology professor, researcher, and theorist who believes in the power of learning psychology for individual and social evolution.

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Preeti
Mohindru

Faculty
Full Professor

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics
University of Guelph, Canada

M.S., Mathematics (Honors)
Panjab University, India

M.S., Applied Mathematics
University of Guelph, Canada

In her doctoral program, Preeti Mohindru solved a famous mathematical problem which had gone unsolved for twenty years. As an instructor, her aim is to develop students’ problem solving skills, to ensure that they understand relevant concepts and to encourage them to communicate mathematical results and ideas clearly.

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Reid
Winfrey

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

A.A. Art
Cabrillo College

B.A. Art
UC Davis

M.F.A. Printmaking/Painting
San Jose State University

Reid Winfrey 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.

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Richard
Chuang

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
UC Davis

Pic 2
Pacific Data Images
Dreamworks Animation

Professor Richard Chuang serves as Chief Executive Officer of PIC2. Mr. Chuang is a Co-Founder of Pacific Digital Image (PDI) Dreamworks Animation Studios.

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Richard
Schimpf

Curriculum Development Manager
Associate Professor

M.A. Russian Literature
Stanford University

B.A. Russian Literature
Columbia University

Professor Rich Schimpf received his BA from Columbia University and his MA from Stanford University, both in Russian Literature.

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Robert
Steinberg

Faculty
Assistant Professor

B.S. Organizational Behavior
University of San Francisco

M.S. Organization Development
School of Management, USF

IICON Corporation, Zilog, Plexus Computers, NCR

Robert Steinberg brings over 30 years of marketing and executive management experience to Cogswell’s Business Administration program.

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Rosie
Katz

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Computer Video Imaging and Character Animation

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Electronic Arts

Activison/Sledgehammer Games

Rosie Katz comes to Cogswell bringing eleven years of experience working in the Game industry.

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Stone
Librande

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.F.A.
California Institute of the Arts

M.S.
M.I.T.

Riot Games
Electronic Arts
Blizzard Entertainment

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).

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