Donnie hails from South Carolina where he got his B.S. in Computer Science from Furman University (which nobody has heard of). During his years of study there, he gained skills. Skills that few mortals in this world possess (or would want) that make computers dance to his every whim. Here at the Entertainment Technology Center, Donnie hopes to combine his "skills" with what he loves: movies, music, games, literature and other distractions that fill the otherwise empty hours of his life. They also help keep his mind off of his obsessions, which include sweet tea, WWF wrestling, and Vanilla Middles.
Kevin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is constantly fascinated by comic books, video games, Cartoon Network, basketball, and ESPN. Not exactly sure how he is going to change the world, he spends his time trying his best not to smile and thinking how cool it would be to fly like Superman. The Koran is a misspelling of Kevin.
A visual artist who graduated from Allegheny College In Meadville, PA in 1996 with a Double Major in Studio Art and Communications. He suffers from the "Peter Pan Syndrome" and is frightened by the texture of many foods, monkeys in clothes, and big-headed children. Jeremy is endlessly inspired by the films and art of David Lynch, the music of Mercury Rev, the sight of pretty girls, and the brute strength of Hulk Hogan. Besides doing strange things in the name of art and eating delicious Jell-O, Jeremy spent his time after undergrad trying to be as diverse as humanly possible. He has worked as a movie theater usher, as a camera sales person, performed in numerous imaginary arias, killed stinging insects for an extermination company, cleaned ceilings of restaurants, as a photographer for an ultra-cheesy "glamour" studio, as a P.A. for movies filmed in Pittsburgh, dreaming of being a world-class break dancer, and lastly as a master control technician (a fancy way of saying "the guy who puts all of the programs and commercials live over the air") for 3 television stations. He hopes that his involvement in ETC leads to a future that is a bit more focused and financially viable.
Bo earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in computer engineering and minored in Music and Japanese. In his spare time, Bo enjoys world-travel, playing his guitar and training Aikido. A man's maturity-consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.
Tim earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is an Animatronics aficionado. He has created Animatronics while working for Walt Disney Imagineering and the Milwaukee Public Museum. Timâ€™s core interests and influences include the art of magic and illusion, theme park design and technology, music, and the theatre. Tim is particularly interested in creating the future of live entertainment, themed entertainment, and location-based entertainment. When not busy with academia, he tries to collect old Chuck E. Cheese robots and go mountain biking.
Randy is an international student from Taiwan. He received both Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University. After working with both hardware and software, Randy realized that programming is where his interest lies. He has a hobby in playing and collecting video games, and he likes to tell people that he has more games than anyone can play in a life time (and he means it!). His passion for video games and programming has led him to select the program offered by the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon to learn and use the tools in developing games. Randy's second biggest hobby is anime, which is Japanese animation. He is determined to learn Japanese so that he won't ever need to read the subtitles again when watching.
Foxy graduated from Tsinghua University in China in July 2000 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Technology. Currently she is pursuing her Masters degree in Entertainment Technology, focusing on computer music and multimedia. Foxy was always very busy during her undergraduate life, with a lot of things to do: studying, programming, working in the student organization, reading various books, listening to music, playing both piano and saxophone, then of course, eating and sleeping. Though she is a lazy girl indeed, she still plans to keep these habits and get even busier during her graduate life.
Bryan is a second year ETC student and a first year PhD student at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Currently he is researching haptics for telepresence and VR applications at the Virtual Reality and Active Interfaces lab in Switzerland. Raising his neopet is how he "fills his life with the nectars of joy", but he also relishes filmmaking and playing hockey.
Nate is a graduate of Georgia Tech. Nate Jones studied computer science as an undergrad. A creative person, he was looking for a diverse graduate program with aspects of computer science and art, and is thrilled to have found both in the ETC. Nate lists graphics, AI and fruit as his main obsessions.
Jason has just recently completed his Bachelors in Architecture with a Minor in Film and Digital Imaging. He has always had an interest in sculpture of all sorts. Jason also enjoys sketching and has a catalog of his travels and past 5 years of college in over a dozen sketch books. Chess has also been an important part of Jason's background and he welcomes any challengers. He'll be the one with the chess board. Jason realizes that he's incapable of escaping art and he has no intentions of trying. He has been discovering new digital tools and his experience with the Carnegie Mellon film club has provided him with new mediums in which to create the worlds that fill his mind. Jason's current plans after college are to pursue a career in game design Once he has enough capital, he'll start his plans for building his inhabitable sculptures.
Mike is a Brooklyn-native who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. As an undergrad, Mike was a teaching assistant for Randy Pauschâ€™s Building Virtual Worlds class, where he created a tutorial for Virtual Reality modeling and texturing processes, ran teaching sessions for Virtual Reality applications, and handled technical and artistic issues posed by students. When not in the ETC lab, Mike can be found in Breed Hall playing his Dreamcast on the large screen.
Jeremy graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2000. Jeremy is interested in technology and its applications, but values the ETC's emphasis on communication and art. Jeremy currently works at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in Radiology Informatics, helping to distribute digital radiology images throughout the hospital system. In his free time, Jeremy regularly travels great distances to play Ultimate Frisbee and tries to stay as active as he can.
Russ graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May 1998 with a BS in computer science, and minors in History and Mathematics. For the past two years, Russ has worked at TerraSim, Inc., a small-start up that does real-time terrain visualization. Whether it is creating games and virtual worlds, working at an effects house, or developing tools to create multimedia, Russ hopes to work on innovative technology that is used to create Art.
Philo earned a BS degree in Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. Immediately afterwards, he went to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a Master degree in Entertainment Technology. In the short time that he's been here, he's constantly amazed by the output of the program and only hopes that he can only contribute as much (if not more). He counts animation, movies, art and books as among his many passions. In the near future, he hopes that his experiences and knowledge can lead him to a career that would allow him to pursue his many passions. Like others, he just wants to live life in the best way he possibly can.
Ron came to the ETC because it offered the chance to combine his addiction to programming with a performance background as a "song and dance" man. His work in entertainment includes dancing for NBA on TNT videos, Superbowl XXV, Disney World's 20th Anniv., scores of musicals, and more than his fair share of dance recitals. After graduating Ron worked on several projects for Disney ranging from games (like the MMO Toontown Online) to interactive TV and web experiences. His current position is a faculty member at UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy where he teaches game programming and design. Ron's biggest accomplishment was when he somehow fooled his wife Meggin into marrying him.