THOMAS J. TUCKER
711 Burruss Dr.Blacksburg, VA
Cell: 704 773 2721
1996-1998 Masters of Fine Arts – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1992-1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2015 World 16 project, at Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, Greece
Training in utilizing point cloud data in VR applications with UC-Win/Road software
2014 World 16 project, at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HA
Training in utilizing point cloud data in VR applications with UC-Win/Road software and projection mapping seminar
2013 FARO Laser Scanner training at Kennett Square, PA
Training how to use the FARO laser scanner and 3D applications
2013 Qualisys motion capture training on hardware and software in the ICAT Cube space.
2011 World 16 project, at University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. Training in utilizing VR applications with UC-Win/Road software.
2010 World 16 project, at University of California in Santa Barbara. Training in utilizing VR applications with UC-Win/Road software.
2009 World 16 project, at Forum 8, Tokyo, Japan. Training in utilizing VR applications with UC-Win/Road software. 2005 Escape Studios Ltd., London, UK. Maya data flow/node structure, MEL and conditional testing (data types, syntax and flow control), indoor and outdoor illumination techniques, conditional dynamic events, scripted/expression based activation and instigation of dynamic elements based on rules, element driven particles, seed driven controlled elements (crowd) control within a multi- element system.
2012-Present Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Position: Associate Professor, The School of Visual Arts, Creative Technologies, College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Fellow at Institue for Creative Art and Technology
Teaching Responsibilities: Intro to 3D Animation, Animation, CG Visual Effects, Tools for Visualization, Projection Mapping, Video Game and Character Modeling
Other Responsibilities include: University Research Committee, Schubert Review Committee, Curriculum Development, Scholarship Committee, Undergrad Portfolio Review, MFA Portfolio Review, Thesis Advisor for Undergrad and Graduate Students.
2007-2012 Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
Position: Tenured Associate Professor, Art & Design, College of Arts & Sciences
Teaching Responsibilities: Desktop Publishing 1, 2, 3D Animation/Modeling 1, 2, Interactive Design, Web Design, Multimedia Design, Independent Study and Virtual Environments/Game Design
Other Responsibilities include: Strategic Planning Council, Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee Chair of Hiring Committee, WSSU Recruitment Council Committee, The General Education Task Force Committee, Senior Research Symposium Undergraduate Forum Committee, Health Committee, Student Recruitment Committee, Curriculum Committee for BFA program, E-portfolio Committee, and Student Advisor.
2009 The Serious Game Group, Piedmont Triad Partnership Design Consortium, Winston-Salem, NC
Position: Game developer for Surgical Mayo Tray Game
Game Developer Responsibilities: Developing tech documents for the Maya game, finding street value of game, Flash programmer, and modeler of Mayo surgical tools using Maya.
Other Responsibilities include: lighting, texturing and rendering of all Mayo surgical tools, setting up modeling sequencing for team.
2008-2012 Center For Design Innovation, Winston-Salem, NC
Position: Workshop Instructor
Teaching Responsibilities: Conducting workshops on fundamentals of Maya polygonal modeling techniques, subdivision modeling, organic modeling, industrial modeling, lighting and animation using Maya.
Other Responsibilities include: Setting up 10 Mac laptops for the Maya workshop.
2003-2007 Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Position: Assistant Professor, Art & Design, College of Arts & Sciences
Teaching Responsibilities: Basic Graphic Design, Graphic Design 1, 2, and 3, 3D Animation/Modeling 1, 2, and 3, Virtual Environments/Game Design, Capstone, and The Dart Program (3D Animation)
Other Responsibilities include: Department Criteria for Promotion and Tenure Committee, Student Recruitment Committee, Exhibition Committee, Art Conference in the UAE Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, International Exhibition Planning Committee, Curriculum Committee, Program Revision Committee, Student Advisor, Grading and Assessment Formats Committee, Research Threshold and Faculty Time Allocation and Reporting, Documentation of Student Artwork and Faculty Projects, SAFE Project, Continuing Education Courses, International Institution Links, Art Conferences in the UAE, UAE Design Group, Student Organization – Art Club, Designed a poster and brochure for the Art and Design Department, ZU Magazine, Safe Book Project and IT Help within the department.
2006 Latifa College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Position: Assistant Professor, Art & Design Teaching Responsibilities: 3D Animation
2002-2003 University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL
Position: Project Coordinator for Compliance Education
Responsibilities included: Providing essential support to educational initiatives; Coordinating of training rooms, schedules, orientation and monitoring of hospital staff; facilitating for faculty and staff in accessing information to managers and administrators; providing support in preparation of video presentations. Maintaining web site and supporting the technical aspect of the computer based programs for all staff and faculty on and off site.
2000-2002 Image Source Creative, Chicago, IL
Position: Head of Web Development, Multimedia and Video/Post Production Department.
Responsibilities included: Development and production of site specific projects including web sites, site maintenance, CD-ROM, Interactive CD-ROM, Interactive DVD, 3-D animation, and video dependent on the clients needs.
2015 Towards Printing a Stradivarius, Institute For Creative, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Major Initiative Program Grant, PI: Pablo Tarazaga, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, Co PI: Thomas Tucker, BFA, MFA, Creative Technology, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech, Chris Williams, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, David Ehrlich, Outreach Fellow, Fine Arts, Virginia Tech, Stefan Hersh and Violinist and Violin Maker, Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, Chicago Il ($25,000) Responsible for 12%.
2014 Advancing Transportation Infrastructure 3D Image-Based Reconstruction, Visualization, and Non-Contact Measurement for Condition Assessment and STEM Education, Institute For Creative, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini Grant, PI: Cristopher D. Moen, PhD, PE, Co PI: Thomas Tucker, MFA, Kevin Kochersberger, PhD, Gerardo Flintsch, PhD, PE ($3,000) Responsible for 33%.
2014 Christiansburg Institute, Augmented Reality for Historical Inquiry, NSF project, NSF grant, CNS, Division of Computer and Network Systems Grant, PI: Doug Bowman, Co PI: Todd Ogle, David Cline, David Hicks, Gurjot Singh, Stipend Support: Thomas Tucker ($585,510.00) Awarded. Responsible for 1%
2014 Puppy CT Scan, Institute For Creative, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini Grant, PI: Thomas Tucker, Co-PIs: Bess J. Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM, Jeryl C. Jones, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR, Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC ($1,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%.
2015 China Cave Scan, University, Jinan, China, Funded by the China Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Grant (22,000 Yuan) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2014 China Cave Scan, University, Jinan, China, Funded by the China Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Grant (22,000 Yuan) Awarded. Responsible for 100%.
2014 Nano Pod Project, Open at the Source, Institute for Creativity, Art, and Technology at the Cube, Moss Arts Center, PI: Thomas Tucker, Virginia Tech Co PI: Tohm Judson, Winston-Salem State University ($1,500) Awarded. Responsible for 100%.
2014 Puppy CT Scan, Institute For Creative Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini Grant, PI: Thomas Tucker, Co-PIs: Bess J. Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM, Jeryl C. Jones, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR, Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC ($1,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2013 Living Lab for Asynchronous and Synchronous Investigation of Virtual and Real Environments, NSF grant, CNS, Division of Computer and Network Systems Grant, PI: Benjamin Knapp, Co PI: Nicholas Polys, Ivica Bukvic, Yong Cao, James Ivory, Dane Webster and Thomas Tucker ($585,510.00) Awarded.
2013 Blacksburg’s 16 Squares: A Study of Time in Place AR and VR Recreation of Blacksburg’s 16 Squares, Funding from Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Major Initiative Program Grant PI: Thomas Tucker ($25,000) Awarded. Responsible for 68%
2013 Bodies of Interaction, Projection Mapping project inside the new ICAT cube, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini-Grant, PI: Ann Kilkelly, Ph.D, MA, BA, Co-PIs: Carol Burch-Brown, BA, MFA, Thomas Tucker, BFA, Tohm Judson, Ph.D ($3,000) Awarded. Responsible for 15%
2013 Salt Marsh Suite: Revealing a Coastal Estuary through 3D Visualization, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Projection Mapping SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini-Grant, PI: Carol Burch-Brown, BA, MFA, Co-PIs: Thomas Tucker, BFA, MFA, Sam Blanchard, BFA, MFA and Dongsoo Choi, BS ($3,000) Awarded. Responsible for 15%.
2013 Odd Fellows Hall And New Town Virtual Reality Tour, Institute For Creative, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Mini Grant, ($3,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2013 Odd Fellows Hall And New Town Virtual Reality Tour, Funding from Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Tech ($10,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2012 Creating 3D Visualization Tools to Study Canine Puppy Socialization Behaviors, Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art, and Design) Major Initiative Program Grant, ($9,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2007 Robotic Rack and Pinion Project, Zayed University Basic Research Funding Grant ($3,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2007 Ras Al Khaimah Project, GPS Survey, Zayed University Basic Research Funding Grant ($3,000) Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2006 Modular Unit Project, Ziva Gallery, Zimbabwe, Africa, Zayed University Professional Development Grant. ($3,500). Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2006 Self-Contained Modular Unit Project, Joan Mitchell Foundation Opportunity Grant, ($5,000). Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2006 Ras Al Khaimah Project, Zayed University Basic Research Funding Grant, ($1,500). Awarded. Responsible for 100%
2006 Self-Contained Modular Unit Project, Zayed University Basic Research Funding Grant, ($1,500). Awarded. Responsible for 100%
1998 Joan Mitchell Foundation Recipient Grant, ($10,000). Awarded. Responsible for 100%
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2014 “Top 8 Awesome Research Projects at Virginia Tech, One of the Top R&D Institutions in the US”, Puppies at Play Predict Disease; Recognized by Virginia Tech and Gothamist Staff.
2014 Academy Encouragement Award for Best AR in UC-WinRoad, Forum 8 Company, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 College Award in Creative Achievement, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Annual Awards Ceremony, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2014 Merit Award for Valuable Academic and Service Contributions to the School, College and University, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation Residence Program Award, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.
2013 PDI Nomination and Award, Professional Development Institute (PDI) Program, Virginia Tech.
2010 Academy Award for Best Virtual Reality Project using UC Win/Road Software, World 16 project with Forum 8, 4th International VR Symposium in Tokyo, Japan.
2005 Experts List, Zayed University publication recognizing top internationally known scholars and teachers. 2004 Merit Award, Zayed University top ten percent of faculty recognized for outstanding achievements. 1998 Ryerson Fellowship Award (SAIC)
1993-1996 Silver Screen Scholarship Award (KCAI)
2015 Projection Mapping of ABB 120 Robot, The Design Robotics Summit, Center for Design Research, Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design.
2015 Salt Marsh Suite Installation, SEAMUS 2015, Experience Studio, Moss Arts Center, Salt Marsh Suite, Carol Burch-Brown, Ann Kilkelly, Tohm Judson and contributor Thomas Tucker (3D laser scanning)
2014 Projection Mapping Exhibition, World 16 Group with Forum 8, Tokyo, Japan at University of Hawaii,
2014 The Nano Pod Project, Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). Thomas Tucker and Tohm Judson, Winston-Salem State University.
2014 Salt Marsh Suite, Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) with support from the School of Performing Arts and the School of Visual Arts. Carol Burch-Brown, School of Visual Arts, Ann Kilkelly, School of Visual Arts, Thomas Tucker, School of Visual Arts, Tohm Judson, Winston-Salem State University, Rachel Grant Bella, Steve Williams, Theatre Arts MFA, Katie Conner School of Visual Theatre Arts and DongSoo Choi, School of Visual Arts.
2014 Material and Embodiment, Projection Mapping Show in the gallery space 371. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada, Nicole Burisch, Canadian curator, artist, critic, Thomas Tucker artist and researcher, Gwendolyn Yoppolo, performance artist, Lucky Leone, sculpture artist.
2013 t3j Show: at the Contemplative Practices in a Technological Society, Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA
2013 t3j Show: at the Joan Mitchell Foundation Residence Program, Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans
2011 Strictly Academic, Part 1: at The Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC Exhibition features work by: Thomas Tucker, Scott Betz, Tammy Evans, Alison Fleming, Christine Kirouac, Leo Morrissey, Juie Rattley III, and Adrew Fansler
2011 Solo Show, Dialect Design Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2010 Winston Salem State University faculty show at Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2009 Solo Show, Amanda Schedler Fine Art, Homewood, AL
2008 Winston Salem State University faculty show at Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2007 Five schools/Five miles: at The Rhodes and Davis Galleries at The Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC 2007 Minus Reality, Art Attack Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2007 Zayed University Faculty Exhibition, Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2007 Solo Show, East Tennessee State University in Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, Tennessee
2007 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF) – Honorable mention prize for animation 2006 Solo Show, Zimbabwe Institute of “Vigital” Arts in Zimbabwe, Africa
2005 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Recipients Group Show, CUE Art Gallery, NYC
2005 Reinventing the Present, Meramec Art Gallery, Saint Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri
2005 Reinventing the Present, Amelia Center, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida
2004 Drawing Show, Overground Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2004 14 Artists, faculty members from Zayed University, Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2003 12 Artists, faculty members from Zayed University, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1999 Synapse Group, a group of electronic artists Kevin Heisner, Robert Kephart, Daniel Miller, Fernando D. Orellana, Sabrina Raaf, Eric Ravenstein, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Karen Thornton, Thomas Tucker, Lauren Was, Amy Youngs. Earth Goddess Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Group Show, The Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Group Show of Graduating Seniors, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
1998 M.F.A The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating show (sold out), Chicago, IL 1996 B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute graduating show (sold out), Kansas City, MO
1994-1996 Kansas City Art Institute National Tour: Kansas City, MO
VISITING ARTIST/RESEARCH LECTURES
2015 Odd Fellow Hall Open House, April 25th, 2015, “Presentation of New Town Remembered, A Virtual Re- Creation”. Attendees could walk the streets, experience the sounds and sights, and meet residents in a virtual environment. Nikki Giovanni, Neal Wyms and the realease of the children’s book Three Boys in New Town will be presented. The program was created by Thomas Tucker (School of Visual Arts), Todd Ogle (VT Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies), and Tom Sherman (Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation).
2014 ICAT Learning Studio, Community Meeting Lecture – “3D Visualization Tools” by Thomas Tucker and Bess Pierce.
2014 SOVA 50th, 2014 Faculty Research Symposium, Thomas Tucker presenter of “Puppy Motion Capture and Odd Fellows Hall”
2014 Presented 3D scanning research at UNC Asheville, Keith Krumpe and Christopher Oakley, Head of New Media faculty and animator.
2014 Presented my 3D scanning research at UNC Chapel Hill to the Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program: Change of Time and Place in the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery. American Battle and Memorial Commission.
2013 Artist lecture on current research and projection mapping workshop at Xavier University, Art Department in New Orleans, LA
2013 Artist lecture at Tulane University, Art Department in New Orleans, LA on current research
2012 Artist lecture on current research and projection mapping workshop at Stetson University, Art Department in DeLand, FL
2011 Artist lecture at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Film Department on current “T2 show” animation collaboration project with Tohm Judson
2011 Lecture at the Idea Exchange at the Center for Design Innovation. Presenters include: Nickolay Hristov, CDI & WSSU, Dennis Nikolaidis, Animusing Productions, Josh Tan, WFUSM School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Thomas Tucker, WSSU Department of Fine Arts, David Norman & DeEtta Famiano, Famiano Design Group, Keith Hobgood, Out of Our Minds Animation Studios, Glenn Johnson & colleagues, B/E Aerospace
2011 Lecture at Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, NC on collaborative Virtual Reality research project with the Forum 8 World 16 Group in Tokyo, Japan
2010 Lecture at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem, NC on collaborative Virtual Reality research project with the Forum 8 World 16 Group in Tokyo, Japan
2010 Lecture at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers section for Winston-Salem, NC
2010 Lecture at the Idea Exchange at the Center for Design Innovation on my research with the Forum 8 World 16 group in Tokyo, Japan
2010 Lecture at World 16 workshop, at University of California in Santa Barbara on current research and proposals for VR model research on Dubai, UAE project
2010 Guest Artist Lecture at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2009 Lecture at the Idea Exchange at the Center for Design Innovation on Thomas Tucker and Ryan Gilliam (WSSU Art & Design student)
2009 Pecha Kucha Night at High Point University at the Design, Art and Technology Symposium
2009 Guest Artist Lecture at Amanda Schedler Fine Art, Homewood, AL
2009 Lecture at the Idea Exchange at the Center for Design Innovation on current body of work
2008 Lecture at Idea Exchange at the Center for Design Innovation on my findings from the International Conference on Entertainment Computing at Carnegie Mellon University
2007 Guest Artist Lecture, University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Department
2007 Guest Artist Lecture, East Tennessee State University in Slocumb Galleries
2006 Guest Artist Lecture and Five Day 3D Workshop, Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Zimbabwe, Africa
2005 Guest Artist Lecture, Opening of Meramec Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2005 Guest Artist Workshop Lecture one day on Maya and the effects of 3D in the commercial design industry, Latifa College, Dubai, UAE
2005 Guest Artist Lecture, Abu Dhabi Women’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE 1998 Guest Artist Lecture, Virginia Common Wealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1998 Guest Artist Critique, Virginia Common Wealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1998 Guest Artist Lecture, Mobil Headquarters, Richmond, Virginia
1997 Guest Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Post Back Students during the Summer Term), Chicago, IL
2005 Curator: Miniature Chair Design Exhibition, Lecturer: Susan Hefuna, Professor of Art and Design from the German University in Cairo, Reception opened by H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
2003-2005 Owner: Overground Gallery, The first gallery in Abu Dhabi showing avant-garde works ranging from video installations, paintings, drawings, and robotic installations. Represented by the gallery: Jason Demarte, Michael Rodriguez, Chae Ho Lee, Terry Dowse, Francoise Dureese, Todd Devriese, Patricia Ball, Russell Hamilton, Neil Chowdhury and Thomas Tucker.
PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES
2015 Ogle, T., Tucker, T. & Bunin, C. (2015, March). Bringing the War Back Home: Using Geospatial and Situation-based Technology to Teach World War I. Poster session presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2015 Hicks, D., Ogle, T., & Tucker, T.(2015, March). Visualization as a Tool to Support the Inquiry Arc in Social Studies Education: Notes from the Field. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2014 Singh, G., Bowman, D., Ogle, J.T., Hicks, D., Cline, D., Ragan, E., Johnson, A., Zlokas, R., and Tucker T. (2014, September). CI-Spy: Using Mobile-AR for Scaffolding Historical Inquiry Learning. Poster session presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Munich, Germany.
2014 The 15th UC-win/Road Conference, Tokyo, Japan, Laser Scanning for research about the cave of bats Presented research on a case study using UC-win/Road used in the ecological research of bats.
2014 The 15th UC-win/Road Conference, Tokyo, Japan, Projection mapping of World 16 group work.
2014 World 16 Project, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HA, Presentation on Laser Scanning for research about the cave of bats. Presented research on a case study using UC-win/Road used in the ecological research of bats and projection mapping exhibition of my work.
2014 College Art Association, 102 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, Art Historians interested in Pedagogy and Technology, Visual Histories in Virtual Spaces, Engaging on the Value of Artists’ Legacies, Chair: Judy B. Bullington, Belmont University, Dominic Marner, University of Guelph Ron Hawker, Alberta College of Art and Design and Thomas Tucker Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Australia, St. Denis and Rippon)
2013 eLearning Conference, Wilmington, NC, Presentation on Virtual Reality as an Instructional Tool to Recreate a Segregation Era Community, Thomas Tucker, School of Visual Arts Virginia Tech
2013 Seminar for Arabian Studies at The British Museum, 26th – 28th July, 2013, Presented paper on Computer-based Analysis of the Performance and Spatial Organization of Historic Towns in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. R. Hawker, Alberta College of Art and Design, T.Tucker, School of Visual Arts, VT and M. Whiteley, Alberta College of Art and Design.
2013 University Arts Association of Canada Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada presented paper on Nookoowayi: Digitalizing a Siksika Tipi, in the Narratives of Continuity and Resistance in Aboriginal Art session, Thomas Tucker, Virginia Tech and Ron Hawker, Alberta College of Art and Design, October 18- 20.
2013 AR Camp Conference, Canberra University in Canberra, Australia, Conducted presentations and workshops on Unity work of Odd Fellows Hall, motion capture research and the scanning of several indigenous cave sites with a cultural heritage group and local experts. FARO 3D laser scanned the caves and the aboriginal rock art.
2011 5th International VR symposium, World 16 project: presentation on VR model research on character simulation with motion capture data Tokyo, Japan (presented published paper and VR project)
2011 World 16 project: presentation on VR pipeline for 3D modeling and motion capture for UC/Win road software, Pisa, Italy
2011 Archaeology in the United Arab Emirates Conference 2011 in Ali Ainn, United Arab Emirates: Thomas Tucker (WSSU), Ron Hawker and Dina (Zayed University) presented published paper on The Analysis of Digitally-Recreated Heritage Spaces: Case Studies from the United Arab Emirates.
2010 4th International VR Symposium, World 16 project: presentation on VR model research on Dubai, UAE Project, Tokyo, Japan (presented published paper and VR project).
2010 The Fifth International Conference of ASCAAD (The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design), Fes, Morocco. Thomas Tucker (WSSU), Ron Hawker and Dina (Zayed University) will present their published paper on understanding of architecture in the United Arab Emirates.
2010 Triangle Game Conference, Raleigh NC, Thomas Tucker (WSSU), Andrew Young (Independent game designer) and Tony Makin (Guilford Technical Community College) presented their Piedmont Triad Partnership game development findings on their Mayo surgical training game.
2010 The Center of Design and Innovations at Idea Exchange, Winston Salem, NC, Thomas Tucker and the Piedmont Triad Partnership Game Development Team presented their findings of their recent surgical training game.
2009 Annual Scientific Meeting, American College of Veterinary Radiology, Memphis, Tennessee with Josh Tan (Wake Forest), Jeri Jones (Virginia Tech), Judy Foxworth and Ben Long (WSSU), and Thomas Tucker (WSSU) will present a poster presentation of our findings from our case study that indicate the use
of multi-slice CT, motion capture, and computer animation on feasible techniques for visualizing and modeling joint movements in working dogs.
2009 6 Days in November Conference, presented at The Center for Design Innovation with, Corey Bruse (CDI), Tammy Evans (WSSU faculty), Tunde Adeyemi (WSSU student), a software traffic simulation augments discussion of possibilities for public art, considering the upcoming renovation of bridges along the downtown Winston-Salem stretch of Business Route 40.
2009 The Arts Council’s 60th Anniversary Luncheon, presented a software traffic simulation video showing possibilities for public art, considering the upcoming renovation of bridges along the downtown Winston- Salem stretch of Business Route 40.
2009 Emirates Heritage Club and the Zayed Center for Heritage and History Sixth Annual Archaeology Symposium: A New Generation of Archaeologists: Building National Capacity through Teaching, Media and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Al Ainn, Emirati Heritage Architecture in Geographic Context: The Rams-Dhayya-Barama triangle as Case Study, (co-presented lecture)
2009 3rd International VR Symposium, World 16 project: presentation on VR model research on RAK project Tokyo, Japan (presented published paper and VR project)
2009 10th UC-win/Road Conference, Lecture at 3D Realtime Virtual Reality, Tokyo, Japan.
2008 Digital Media and its Applications in Cultural Heritage 2008 Conference, Petra University, Amman, Jordan. “Maya Simulations of Place, Space and Climate: Digital Media and Its use in Understanding Vernacular Architecture in the United Arab Emirates” (presented published paper)
2015 American Battle Monuments Commission, Volume 4, pg. 11 iBook, Transatlantic Teacher Scholar’s Project
2015 Meuse Argonne Battlefield 3D Visualizations, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NCbx2lszNw, Published on Oct 22, 2014, UNC/VT Transatlantic Teacher Scholar’s Project
2015 ESM/BEAM newsletter article, September 5, 2014, pg. 12-13 Sound Leadership, Capturing Information on the Dynamics of How Bats Fly Together in a Swarm.
2014 College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Faculty Research Symposium, Celebrating 50 Years of Research. 1964 – 2014, pg. 166-67, Odd Fellow Hall Project
2014 Virginia Tech Magazine, Fall 2014, pg.36-39, Exploring the Human-Animal Bond at Virginia Tech, Puppies in 3-D
2014 Channel WDBJ 7, July 8, 2013, Blacksburg is Looking to Preserve African American History, Produced by Orlando Salinas.
2014 Collegiate Times, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, School of Visual Arts studies puppies for science, Page 1-2 (writer Emily Hughes)
2013 Improving Understanding of Early Behavioral Indicators of Lumbosacral Disease in Working Dogs using 3D Visualization of Skeletal Movements during Working Tasks: Feasibility Study, Jeryl C. Jones, Thomas J. Tucker, Joshua C. Tan, Bess J. Pierce, Judy L. Foxworth, Benjamin Long, Tisha A.M. Harper, Daniel Moreno, Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2013) 1-7
2013 Virginia Tech News, December 6, 2013, Faculty Members Preserve Local History through Art and Technology, article and video produced by Scott Parker and Katie Gehrt (online article and video of the week on VT website and Virginia Tech Daily news and information for Virginia Tech Employees
2013 Collegiate Times, Thursday, October 31, 2013 ICAT innovates at the nexus, article on ICAT Tech or Treat with photo of the projection mapping project.
2011 Exploring New Trends: Information-oriented Strategy and Technologies in Civil Engineering, Construction, Transportation and Environment, Tokyo, Japan pg 1-3
2010 Forum 8 Design Festival 2010-3 Day Conference, Tokyo, Japan, November 18-20, 2010, pg. Day2_III-1-1
2010 5th Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design ASCAAD Conference 2010 “Not Just Another Pretty Face” pg. 249-259
2010 Kyoryo & Toshi Project (The Bridge & Urban Project Monthly), Volume 46. No. 5, 2010, pg. 37-39 Tokyo, Japan publication
2009 Forum 8 Design Festival 2009-3 Day Conference, Tokyo, Japan, November 18-20, 2009, pg. 80-87
2009 3D Realtime Virtual Reality, 10th UC-win/Road Conference, Tokyo, Japan, May 20, 2009, pg. 37-45
2009 The Birmingham News, in the section “Play”, p. 8G, January 25, 2009, written by James R. Nelson under title ‘On the Cusp’.
2008 Digital Media and its applications in Cultural Heritage 2008 “Maya Simulations of Place, Space and Climate: Digital Media and Its use in Understanding Vernacular Architecture in the United Arab Emirates” pg. 545-560
2007 Time Out magazine Dubai, Volume 7, Issue 20, p.49, May 2007, Meem Gallery exhibition
2005 Created a Catalogue/DVD of the gallery exhibition of the Portable Gallery Project 2005
2005 Gulf Coast Community College, “The Gull’s Cry”, Fall, 2005, Volume 48, Issue 2, “Thomas Tucker”, Art Show in Panama City, Florida
2005 The News Herald Panama City, Florida, “The Entertainer”, Friday-Saturday, September 30-October 6, Focus 3, “Art, Animation”
2005 The News Herald Panama City, Florida, Wednesday, October 5, 2005, Sec.7B, “Thomas Tucker Reinventing the Present: New Drawings and Animations”
2005 Cue Gallery, New York City, NY catalog for the Joan Mitchell Foundation recipient show
2005 Art in America, Artist Index Listing and Gallery & Museum Representation by Meramec Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri
2005 Art & Design Auction 2005 catalog, Kansas City Art Institute, p. 48
2004 Khaleej Times, Tuesday, May 11, 2004, Volume 3, Issue 23
2004 “Arty Dozen Get Total Attention” – Faculty members of the Zayed University showcase paintings at the Courtyard Gallery
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS
2015 Traveled to Shangdong University, in Jinan, China on June 1, 2015 through July 1, 2015, Collaborated with Rolf Mueller, Dr. Abaid, Dr. Kurdilla and Matthew Bender.
2014 Alberta College of Art and Design and Emerging Media, on October 3rd -8th 2014, Alberta, Canada invited as guest lecturer, projection mapping workshop and visiting artist. I presented my work with
the ACAD students on projection mapping and other digital video presentation innovations, and 3D FARO scanning demonstration and 3D modeling of architecture and landscapes. ACAD also sponsored DongSoo Choi (SOVA Grad student) to help with scanning and projection mapping workshop.
2014 Jack Singer Auditorium, On October 6th -8th 2014, Alberta, Canada Scanned and processed the Jack Singer Theatre for the projection mapping performance. Data was used to determine proper projectors to use for the performance and figuring out complex surfaces to project on and animate. Collaborated with Alberta College of Art and Design students to animate for the performance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchaestra’s performance of Turangalila at Jack Singer Concert Hall. DongSoo Choi (SOVA Grad student/ staff) helped with scanning and compiling all the scans into one point cloud
2014 As part of the TransAtlantic Teacher Scholars Project, I was part of a team from Virginia Tech to help create a 3D representation of a selection of sites important to the American story at the Meuse-Argonne. LIDAR, which illuminates an object with a laser, then analyzes the light that is reflected, was used to create 3D images of five sites at four locations. The resulting visualizations were intended to help viewers gain a spatial understanding of the sites and spark an interest in the greater narrative that the sites are a part of. This tour traces the generally northward movement of the American Expeditionary Force during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of September 26th to November 11th, 1918. The sites scanned include the jump off point for the American 35th Division at Vauqous Hill, the ruined village of Montfaucon, the Côte Dame Marie, and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne where more than 14,200 Americans who lost their lives in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive rest to this day.
2014 Traveled to Shangdong University, in Jinan, China on June 1, 2014 through July 1, 2014, Collaborated with Rolf Mueller, Dr. Abaid, Dr. Kurdilla and Matthew Bender. During my thirty-day summer research visit to Shandong University in Jinan, China, I helped gather and process 3D scan data at two cave sites. I also created over 12 bat marker schematics and conducted preliminary motion capture analysis. I assisted in CT scanning and retopologizing CT bat skeleton data and helped develop and set up a depth map capturing system. I assisted in the arrangement of the face motion capture slow motion system, created a 3D bat rig and animated preliminary data in Maya.
2013 Traveled to Calgary, Canada on May 27, 2013 Collaborated with Ron Hawker to scan several K’omoks villiages from the turn of the century in its original terrain and to analysis of its climactic performance and spatial syntax in relation to the social organization of the K’omoks people.
2013 Traveled to London and Paris, July 29 – August 1st, 2013 Collaborated with Ron Hawker and Dominic Marner to scan and digitally recreate the Cathedral St. Denis in Paris, France and Rippon Cathedral in Rippon, U.K. using the FARO Scanner.
2015 Lecture on Odd Fellows Hall and 16 Squares Project for MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities class presentation. Presenters: Thomas Tucker (School of Visual Arts) and Todd Ogle (Senior Director, Networked Knowledge Environments Technology-Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies).
2015 Blacksburg High School Presentation, invited by Mike Kaylor and Colin Baker. History and Technology event: History in 3D. Presented by: Thomas Tucker, BFA, MFA, Creative Technology, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech; and Todd Ogle, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Applied Research and Planning, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, Virginia Tech, Phat Ngyen (graduate student)
2015 Projection Mapping Robot Project Recruitment Presentation to Dr. Kurdila’s robotics classes for fall independent project workers. Also presenting: Chip Clark, Matthew Yourshaw (MFA grad student)
2014 TedX Projection Mapping Stage Design, projection mapping on auditorium balconies and on stage for opening intro with names of each speaker. Worked with TEDxVirginia Tech Steering Committee (30 committee members), worked directly with ICAT Adam Soccolich.
2014 ICAT Tech or Treat, Scary Faces: An interactive exhibit where users can manipulate scary face animations using 3D projection mapping
2014 First Annual SOVA Shindig, Nano Pod: The Nano Pod Project exhibition in the VIP room consisted of video projection that maps complex animations onto 3D forms.
2014 Blacksburg Museum Cultural Foundation, Historic lecture Series presenting The Price House & Gardens and the 16 Squares presentation on Virtual Re-Creation. Presented by Thomas Tucker (School of Visual Arts) and Tom Sherman (Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation).
2014 Odd Fellows Hall project at Odd Fellows Hall site. MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities class presentation, Presented by Thomas Tucker (School of Visual Arts) and Tom Sherman (Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation).
2014 ICAT Learning Studio (Sandbox), Community Meeting Lecture – 16 Squares AR and VR Project by Thomas Tucker, Todd Ogle, Tom Sherman, Phat Nguyen and Daniel Monzel.
2014 ICAT CUBE Launch at Virginia Tech. Over 17 companies with 28 representatives came from all over
the US to attend the launch. Companies included Apple, ARUP, Boeing, Deliotte, Department of State, Eyebeam, Harman, Jaunt VR, MacAulay-Brown, Modea, NASA Langley Research, Naval Surface Warfare, Qualisys, Theatre Projects, Universal Creative, and WSI. Presented ICAT sponsored research at Dinner reception.
2014 Odd Fellow Hall Open House, A Grand Presentation of New Town Remembered, A Virtual Re-Creation. Attendees could walk the streets, experience the sounds and sights, and meet residents in a virtual environment. The program was created by Thomas Tucker (School of Visual Arts), Todd Ogle (VT Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies), David Hicks (School of Education), and Tom Sherman (Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation).
2013 TedX Chevron Stage Design, Projection mapping on Chevron shapes on stage for opening intro with names of each speaker. Worked with TEDxVirginia Tech Steering Committee (30 committee members), directly with ICAT Adam Soccolich and industrial designer, Mitzi Vernon.
2013 ICAT Tech or Treat. Scary Faces: An interactive exhibit where users can manipulate scary face animations using 3D projection mapping (Developed by Thomas Tucker – School of Visual Arts & Reza Tasooji – Creative Technologies)
Maya, MotionBuilder, Z-brush, Mud box, Rhino, Lightwave, Softimage, 3/D StudioMax, RenderMan, Swift 3/D, Toonboom and Traditional 2/D animation skills
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Flash-MX, Director MX, Adobe Go Live, Premiere, After Effects
Post Production Tools
Final Cut Pro HD, DVD Studio Pro, Compressor, Color, Soundtrack Pro, Motion, After Effects, Commotion, Combustion, Shake, and Media Cleaner Pro
Action Script, Mel, Lingo, Perl, Java, and Access Certified programmer
Stamp Technology (with Basic coding), and EZIO board (with Lingo script/Director)
Artificial Intelligence Programs
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Applications
UC-Win/Road and Metaio
Unity, Unreal, Torque game engine, Equiliveint
TeraRecon 3D, Mimics software
Laser Scanner Applications
Faro Laser Scanner and 3D software
With the sensory overload of information and ideas in today’s world, students are facing a challenging time in art and design. Many digital artists can become lost when it comes to encompassing their conceptual ideas and bringing them to the forefront. Challenged by technological hurdles, artists and students can quickly lose track of their true vision. As both a fine artist and a teacher of animation, it is my role to help students discover their vision and give them the tools to expound their ideas to the fullest.
I believe a multimedia professor needs an in-depth knowledge of motion graphics, gaming and 3D animation software and should have experience in both the commercial field and in the world of Fine Art in order to offer students an array of resources to help them find their artistic voice. As a practicing Fine Artist, I try to infuse my courses with a creative passion that I hope sparks imaginative and innovative notions in my students. At the same time, I also try to regularly share my experiences as a professional artist in the world of digital media and require of my students the same professionalism that is required of me in the field. In an environment of friendly competition, students learn to work both efficiently and to meet deadlines. Technical skills are built through hands-on projects involving creative inquiry, research, planning, problem identification and problem solving. Group critiques are also an integral part of the process because I feel it is important for students to look to one another for inspiration and to value each other’s opinions.
To keep up with the ever changing world of technology, I also feel it is also important for students to become self-directed, life long learners. My students are taught to access online resources where they can find answers to their questions, be exposed to new ideas and can keep abreast of new developments.
Another major role as an instructor is to prepare my students for the world of employment. Resume writing, field trips to professional animation studios, preparation and assessment of internships, creating electronic portfolios and working on professional projects outside the classroom are an integral part of my Internship coursework.
Today’s digital media artists face many challenges, but they also have numerous opportunities to practice their craft in a variety of settings. My role is not only to guide students, but to lead by example. My enthusiasm for this field requires that I myself keep pace with the technological evolution. Through my own research and practice in the field, I can encourage students to follow my lead, pursue their passion and find their place in the vast array of possibilities.
The heart of my intellectual and spiritual philosophy is embedded in my drawings. During meditation, complex shapes and movements come into my mind’s eye. After seeing these shapes, I develop theories to describe their environments and how they move in relation to each other. Through drawings, I analyze their unique subatomic structures. These atomic structures react to one another according to norms different from those traditionally associated with physics. In my work I visually create rules that depart from traditional interactions of the subatomic level in a weightless environment. During meditation, I make up to 60 preliminary drawings. In the next phase, I construct the final drawings, which include ideas stemming from coded algorithms. Influenced by meditation, these delicate and elegant forms are then taken into a new stage, which incorporates the use of storyboard process.
I then take the storyboard ideas and model the forms in Maya, a 3D animation program. I then begin the laborious process of animating the forms to follow the mathematical theory. Sound is later added to the final rendering of the work to solidify the animation. Thus, with the sound, the visual synthesis of the animation brings physical movements to the final drawings.
While not literal abstractions from nature, ultimately my pieces are metaphors for the quintessential rhythms activating the universe. The motions of animation, in conjunction with sound, create new identities in our visual repertoire.
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING PORTFOLIO 2012-PRESENT
ART 3704-10827 Character Animation
ART 3704-10828 Video Game Design
ART 4544-10839 Video Game Design (Advanced)
ART 5704-10667 Character Animation (Graduate level)
ART 5704-19832 Video Game Design (Graduate level)
ART 3704-80780 Character Model & Sculpt
ART 4544-80792 Character Model & Sculpt (Advanced)
ART 5704-80811 Character Model & Sculpt (Graduate level) ART 4544-80793 Lighting and Projection Map
ART 5724-80817 Lighting and Projection Map (Graduate level) ART 5704-80812 Topics in Computer Animation (Graduate level) ART 4544-90788 Compositing and Lighting
ART 5724-98905 Adv 3D Animation & Compositing
ART 5704 Character Animation (Graduate level)
ART 4544 Modeling Tools for Visualization
ART 2704 Intro to 3D Animation
VIRGINIA TECH, UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OR DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES 2003-PRESENT
NASAD, October 24, 2014 helped create a curricular table for undergraduate classes.
Portfolio Review Committee
Participated in undergraduate portforlio review.
MFA Review Committee
Participated in reviewing and choosing the MFA applicants.
Assisted in reviewing and choosing awaredess of the annual undergraduate scholarships.
Performance Review Committee
College review for Robert Schubert, Associate Dean Research in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, conducted a performance review with Dean Davis as chair of the review committee.
Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Served on the advisory board for the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of the review and selection of ACC Meeting of the Minds student representatives. Advisory board included both President Sands and Provost McNamee.
WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING PORTFOLIO 2007-2012
ART 1315 Electronic Imaging
ART 2311 3-D Computer Modeling
ART 2336 Immersive Virtual Reality
ART 3312 Desktop Publishing I
ART 2335 Desktop Virtual Reality
ART 3333 Computer Animation I
ART 4311 Interactive Media Design
ART 3314 Desktop Publishing II
ART 3334 Computer Animation II
ART 3157 Portfolio Design
ART 4310 Multimedia Editing
ART 4316 Designing for the Web
ART 4391 Studio Problems I (Ind. Study)
WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OR DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES 2003-2012
Strategic Planning Council
Participated in developling the new WSSU strategic plan with the Robinson Group Consulting Inc.
Hiring Committee Chair
Chaired the graphic design search committee.
Developed an E-portfolio system through Blackboard and wrote steps involved in evaluation through a MALO review.
Wrote all the proposals, course descriptions and paradigms for the new BFA in graphic design and the new BFA in animation. Filled out all the Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee forms for new courses or combined courses.
Student Recruitment Committee:
Developed publicity material for the Visual Arts program by creating a poster campaign. Six posters have been developed, printed and framed for the Visual Arts hallway. Produced a DVD to showcase our students’ animations and experimental movies.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES 2007-2012
Mac Lab Coordinator
Coordinated writing all proposals for obtaining and acquiring all software and hardware for the Mac Lab. (Obtained quotes, created purchase forms, order forms and loaded and installed all software and hardware).
Assisted in developing the Center for Design Innovation’s strategic plan and aided in architectural ideas. Conducted workshops to its members to promote 3D technologies using Maya.
Created and built a 2/2 outreach program along with Joseph Lopina coordinator of animation at North Carolina School of the Arts and Herb Burns from Forsyth Technical Community College.
Visual Arts Publicity
Developed publicity material for the Visual Arts Program.
ZAYED UNIVERSITY TEACHING PORTFOLIO 2003-2007
ART 125 World Cultures in Art and Design ART 251 Basic Graphic Design
ART 351 Graphic Design 1
ART 352 Graphic Design 2
ART 376 3D Modeling
ART 375 Virtual Environments/Game Design
ART 377 3D Animation 1
ART 378 3D Animation 2
ART 451 Graphic Design 3
ART-497A Advanced modeling with ZBrush
ART-497B Robotic Interactive Installation
ART 499 Capstone
ART 490 Internship
ZAYED UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OR DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES 2003-2007
Department Criteria for Promotion and Tenure Committee
Worked extensively on setting up the criteria and the structure for promotion and tenure.
Worked with IT staff to create rendering farm with new server system and to create the new Motion Graphics Lab at the new Zayed University campus.
Assisted in creating a Zayed University MA degree in graphic design, animation, interior design, and gaming.
Student Recruitment Committee:
Produced and developed posters (D-0) and 2,000 three fold brochures for the Art & Design Department and promoted the Art & Design Department through series of lectures.
Worked to arrange and hang shows around the Abu Dhabi campus for the students of ZU, Student Shows: “Font Project” and “Character Design 3D Show”
Miniature Chair Design Exhibition at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi campus. Worked with local curators to set up for the show, oversaw the printing of invitations to VIPs, organized insurance, delivery, transport, press release, pre and post debate with students, and participated in a full press coverage of the show.
Introduced German artist Rolf to faculty, students, the German Ambassador and to ADMF sponsors and Huda Kanoo for a lecture series.
Strategic Planning Committee
Helped with planning for 2003-2009 improvements for Graphic Design I, II, III courses, 3/D Animation, Web Design, Package Design and implementation for a robotics lab. Planned upgrading of the computer software and hardware in the Mac Labs.
International Exhibition planning Committee
Served on a committee to plan international exhibitions as a department.
Summer School Committee
Helped implement the 2004 ZU summer school program.
Task Force committee
The Task Force was composed of four faculty members from the College of Communication and Media Sciences and four faculty from the Department of Art & Design. In our discussions we examined areas of course overlap and determined that certain recommendations be made concerning some courses in the two programs.
Assisted in hiring new faculty (Motion Graphics, and Graphic Design) for the Art & Design Department for 2004- 2006. This included video conferences and written evaluations of all the candidates.
Student Recruitment Committee
Lectured to various classes to provide additional information about Art & Design majors.
Lectured for the Art & Design Department on Major’s Day 2004-2006. Provided examples of student work from Interior Design, Graphic Design, 3D, and Photography.
Dart Program Committee
Organized scheduling of courses, dates, and recruitment of faculty to teach in the Dart Program.
Helped write grant proposal for IT development within the Art & Design Department Curriculum Committees 2003-Present.
Assisted in restructuring the Graphic Design, Video and 3D animation programs.
Program Revision Committee
Assisted with revising the 8 semester planner for Graphic Design and Video.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES 2003-2007
Taught ZU Art & Design faculty Maya in a two week seminar. This included basics in polygonal modeling, IK chain system, UV mapping, dynamics, shape animation, and sub-divisional polygon modeling.
Set up internship sites for our Art & Design students. Assisted students in their end of the Internship presentations to administration and faculty demonstrating skills they achieved during the Internship.
Completed a GPS survey of a terraced mountain village located in Ras al-Khaimah called Barama. The data from the survey was used as the basis for this animated reconstruction of the village. Students constructed three dimensional simulations of some sixty houses and the accompanying terraces and farm fields, rendered the external facades and added details, such as water pots and tools. Figures were then created to inhabit this virtual village based on historic photographs of the local tribes people.
Developed course work for students to follow for their Capstone projects. Students varied from different departments within the Art & Design Department ranging from Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting and 3D Animation.
Developed a DVD cover and jacket for the Readiness Program. This was done in conjunction with my Graphic Design students. Over 5,000 were printed.
Worked on writing the MALO’s (learning outcomes) for motion graphic and graphic design concentration.
Documentation of Student Artwork and Projects by Faculty
Helped in documenting art work of faculty and students.
SAFE project (Literary Magazine)
Involved with the Safe design layout with my basic graphic design class. Coordinated all work from both campuses and archiving it electronically for print. Documented all work on the Abu Dhabi campus for the Safe project.
Continuing Education Courses – Outreach Program
Set up the DART program, which is brought forward through the community outreach program to teach 3/D (Maya) to UAE residents.
International Institution Links
Set up international dialogue with Frank Debose (Head Dean of the Graphic Design Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) to create relationship with SAIC for the future masters program at ZU.
Created a 3D animation to accompany a proposal to transform the National Theater into a gallery space.
Huda Kanoo Award
Helped with organizing and setting up the show and involved with the judging for the Huda Kanoo Award, to be awarded to a student for superior work.
Helped with the preliminary layout design for the entire magazine along with the head of Communications and the head of the Police Unit of Abu Dhabi (responsible for funding the project). Included several students in the initial process of creating layout designs for the magazine.
IT Help within the department
Served as a resource to faculty to assist them in learning software programs such as After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash.
Taught and developed teaching strategies for interior design class using Maya. Developed a packet of DVD’s for learning tutorials recorded using Snap Z Pro.
Assisted Interior Design faculty with teaching the fundamentals of Maya and implementing modeling techniques for interior design. Provided and created tutorials using Snap Z pro, interactive movies to help learn Maya features and projects related to her curriculum.
Served as host for international visitors to represent how technology was being used at Zayed University. Visitors included: Dr. Abul Kalam, President of India; German Chancellor, Ambassador of Switzerland, Canadian Minister of Education, and International School of Wales delegate, David Smith.
Exhibition of Graphic Design I class in Garden Gallery which included the construction of wood display panels and production of promotional posters.
International Exhibition Center, Abu Dhabi – provided seven 3D animations for Plasma screen viewing with titles of the names of the participating students.
Parent’s Night (2003- 2006)
Served as a representative for the Art & Design department. Students’ animations are displayed from both campuses. Posters and examples of student work from graphic design are also displayed. Handed out 250 pamphlets and spoke to well over 200 prospective students along with their parents.
Worked with the ELC and Library in setting up an online magazine for the Readiness students. Helped promote a competition with Art & Design students to create a template for the online magazine and posters to advertise and attract students to participate.
MEADA, Middle East Art And Design Association
CAA, College Art Association
ISEA, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts
SITE, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education ASCAD, Universities Art Association of Canada
TODD OGLE, PH.D.
Senior Director, Networked Knowledge Environments Technology-Enhanced Learning & Online StrategiesVirginia Tech 2220B Torgerson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24060 USA
DR. RON HAWKER
Instructor: Art Historian
Alberta College of Art and Design 1407-14 Ave NW
Calgary, AB Canada
Director, MFA in Creative Technologies
School of Visual Arts (SOVA)
Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Virginia Tech
203 Draper Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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