Clarissa Ceglio

Assistant Professor

clarissa-ceglio
clarissa.ceglio@uconn.edu

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Clarissa J. Ceglio is a U.S. cultural historian working at the intersections of digital humanities, museum studies, and public humanities.  Much of her research focuses on the affective, rhetorical, and other roles that artifacts—material, visual, and digital—play in constructing national and social imaginaries. She also collaborates with a range of partners on interdisciplinary public humanities initiatives and scholarly communications research projects. As associate director of the Mellon Foundation-funded Greenhouse Studios, she draws on her past career in public communications and publishing; that prior work includes development of ConnecticutHistory.org [connecticuthistory.org], an award-winning state public history project in collaboration with Connecticut Humanities, and editorial positions in the arts, history, and medical fields. She holds a PhD in American Studies and an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University as well as an MA with Museum Studies concentration from Trinity College’s American Studies program. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in advertising and marketing from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  You can follow Clarissa on Twitter: @cjceglio.

Office Hours:

Mon 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Mon & Wed 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. (in Room 146 between classes)

Or by appointment  

Bill Congdon

Assistant Professor

bill-congdon
william.congdon@uconn.edu

860-486-1751

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Bill graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Marketing and from the Johnson School, Cornell University with an MBA in Marketing/Finance. After graduating from UCONN, Bill helped launch a new regional boating magazine, New England Offshore, in Boston, Massachusetts. There he was in charge of advertising sales and marketing. Bill joined Golf Digest in New York as a senior account manager in charge of the business/financial, beverage and apparel advertising categories. He was promoted to Marketing Manager, developing and creating the marketing strategy and plans for the advertising staff.
Bill next joined the Hearst Corporation where he held the position of Marketing Director for Motor Boating & Sailing Magazine, Esquire Magazine and Popular Mechanics. He was promoted to Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of the Popular Mechanics brand in charge of advertising sales, circulation and marketing, partnering with brands that included Ford, Subaru, Radio Shack, Craftsman, Intel, LG, Stanley Black & Decker and Allstate. At Popular Mechanics he was responsible for the development of the brand’s digital strategy, launching the web site in 1995 and the tablet edition in 2010. In 2013, Bill came back to UConn to teach in the Marketing Department and Digital Media and Design Department.

You can follow Bill on Twitter @wecongdon

Philip Dwire

Assistant Professor

philip-dwire
Philip.Dwire@uconn.edu

203-251-8475

1 University Place Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Phil Dwire is in his tenth year at the University of Connecticut – his first with UConn Digital Media & Design.
Phil transitions to DMD from the UConn Division of Athletics – where, as the Director of Digital Media, he managed the growth of the UConn Huskies’ digital presence, including web, e-mail, mobile, and social. He also served as the Division’s point person with IMG College and CBS Interactive on digital initiatives and corporate partnership contract fulfillment and activation.
Phil has worked on marketing campaigns, digital programs, and design projects with some of the most distinguished global and regional brands including, Nike, GE, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Chevrolet, AT&T, ESPN, NBC, GEICO, MillerCoors, UPS, Toyota, Travelers, jetBlue, Hyundai, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Allstate, AAA, New York Life, State Farm, Stop & Shop, PC Richard & Son, Muscle Milk, United Healthcare, Connecticut Business Systems, Aspen Dental and the UConn Health Center.
A two-time graduate of the University of Connecticut, Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing and a master’s degree in education.

Anke Finger

Associate Professor

finger
anke.finger@uconn.edu

1 University Place Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Anke Finger is Associate Professor of German and Media Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts/interart communication, contemporary aesthetics, and interculturality. A specialist on the idea of the total artwork (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles entitled The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (2011). Her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (see The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015). She is a specialist on Vilém Flusser’s theories of communication as well as on media aesthetics and multi-modal publishing. She has delivered numerous keynotes across the world and is currently working on a book project on avant-gardes and sensory perception and on media-authorship.

Steve Harper

Assistant Professor

steve-harper
Steve.Harper@uconn.edu

203-251-0194

1 University Place Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Steve is a designer and creative director for motion graphics based in New York. He received an MS in Digital Design and Animation from NYU, an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut, and a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
At Big Star, Joyride, and Blue Room, Steve has led teams of designers and animators to pitch, execute and deliver network redesigns, show packages, image spots, promos, viral videos, stadium graphics and other initiatives. His clients include ABC News, Animal Planet, ESPN, FOOD Network, FOX, HBO, HISTORY, H2, Lifetime, MSG, MTV, NFL, Nickelodeon, Showtime, YES Network and VH1. His work has earned Gold BDA’s in 2013 – ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, 2011 – HISTORY Refresh, 2009 – Whale Wars Shield Spot, 2008 – NFL Fantasy Files, and 2007 – NFL Measure Up.
In 2014, Steve helped HISTORY and H2 create More 2 Know, a new signature franchise and comprehensive ad sales framework that offers the networks and their sponsors a universe of stat-based storytelling possibilities. In the summer of 2014, he developed, designed and animated a new look for the Spanish language sports network FOX Deportes.

Tim Hunter

Professor Emeritus

tim-hunter
tim.hunter@uconn.edu

860-486-6765

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Timothy J. Hunter, Professor Emeritus and founding Department Head of the Digital Media and Design program and founding Director of the Digital Media Center. Professor Hunter joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2007 having spent the previous 25 years developing and producing national and international design projects through his New York City based company. His areas of expertise are in design thinking, interactive media design, digital media design & production, lighting and scenic design, and video projection design. He received his BGS from the University of Michigan in 1979 and MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1982. He is a current member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an Allied Member of the American Institute of Architects.
His interaction design, digital animations, digital media designs, and production portfolio includes projects for: A/X Armani Exchange, Boston Children’s Hospital, Bacardi, CNN, Comcast, Commerce Bank, Court TV, Dr. Pepper, Diversified Media Group, Euro RSCG, ExxonMobil, 444 Madison Avenue, Facebook, First Republic Bank, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Heineken, ING NYC Marathon, InStyle Magazine, JCDecuxNA, Liberty Travel, McCann Erickson Worldgroup, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Microsoft, Movado, MSN Direct, Paramount Center, Philips (Color Kinetics), Pfizer, The Related Companies, Robert Wilson, Samsung, Sharp, Sony BMG, Sports Illustrated, Starbucks, TBS, and Time Warner Inc.
Member ACM/SIGGRAPH, United Scenic Artists 829, Allied Member AIA.
Follow Tim on Twitter (@timhunterdmd) or find him on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-hunter/14/969/b5)

Office Hours:

By appointment only (Contact Stacy Webb to schedule)

Anna Lindemann

Assistant Professor

lindemann
anna.lindemann@uconn.edu

860-486-8106

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

As both an artist and educator, Anna Lindemann is devoted to integrating art and science. She graduated magna cum laude with honors from Yale with a BS in Biology and received an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was awarded the DeWitt Wallace Fellowship, the Ellis and Karin Chingos '37 Graduate Fellowship, and the Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship.

Professor Lindemann’s work combines animation, music, video, and performance to explore the emerging field of Evo Devo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology). Her work as an Evo Devo Artist includes the animated short, Beetle Bluffs, and the art-science and animation infused performance Theory of Flight. These and other works have been featured nationally and internationally at the Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, NY; ISEA, Vancouver, Canada; KLI Institute for Theoretical Biology, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY; the Entertaining Science Series at Cornelia Street Café, New York, NY; Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; MATA Festival, New York, NY; Ho Tung Planetarium and Visualization Lab, Colgate University; Franke Program in the Science and Humanities, Yale University; Bio:Fiction Science, Art & Film Festival, Vienna, Austria; Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, New York; and the Cantor Film Center, New York, NY.

Her other animation work includes commissions from the USS Constitution Museum and Boston Cyberarts.

More about her work can be found at www.annalindemann.com

Tim Miller

Visiting Assistant Professor

tim-miller
timothy.miller@uconn.edu

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Tim Miller is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Media & Design. Prior to joining DMD, Tim was a research writer for University Communications at UConn. An alumnus of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, Tim brings a diverse background in both the arts and the sciences to the Department. His resume includes posts at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Boston Museum of Science, and the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California. He has appeared as a guest lecturer on the topic of science communication at universities from coast to coast, and has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation. Most recently, Tim is the author of Muse of Fire: Storytelling & The Art of Science Communication. Tim holds an A.B. in Physics and an M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Samantha Olschan

Assistant Professor

samantha-olschan
samantha.olschan@uconn.edu

860-486-5698

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Samantha Olschan is a transmedia artist with a M.F.A. in Film, Video & New Media: Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & a B.F.A in Fine Arts: Electronic & Time-Based Media from Carnegie Mellon University. Having worked across animation, compositing, design & visualization for television, films & media agencies, she continues to research the future of storytelling through time-based & experiential narrative.
Prior to joining the University of Connecticut, Samantha worked in animation, broadcast & visual design for Animation Collective, Electric Entertainment, Fox News Channel, Kartemquin Films, Lionsgate & ZenithOptimedia. Her work can also be seen in marketing materials for clients including 20th Century Fox, Chase, Coca-Cola, CXE, Darden, FX, Gap, Garnier, H&M, Maybelline, Nestle, Oracle, Sonic and Stouffers.
Samantha has held teaching appointments in animation, design and media at Pratt Institute, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, Columbia College, New York Film Academy & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Collaborative projects include the Class of 2032 (classof2032.uconn.edu), The Spring Hill Effort, and the Boston Children’s Hospital Interactive Wall. Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, P.O.V. Series (PBS), The ShortList (PBS), Visionfest, Tribeca Cinemas, Bumbershoot, Seattle International Film Festival, Boston Cinema Census, Boston Underground Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Marblehead Film Festival, the New Haven International Film Festival & the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

Office Hours:

Wed 2:30 – 4:30

Or by appointment

Patrick Pagano

Assistant Professor

pagano
patrick.pagano@uconn.edu

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Patrick Pagano uses the multi-disciplinary technological fields of computer science (WWW), video, audio, photography and the integration of these primary devices with a digital praxis. He has over 17 years of experience in the fields of Advanced Media Systems, Projection Design, Live Performance Production and is an expert in a variety of software production tools. Pagano received his B.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Florida, an MFA in Digital Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida as well as a degree in Just Intonation and Electronic Instrument Design from the South East Just Intonation Society. Mr. Pagano’s research in the area of digital fine arts has led to the development of a suite of open source tools specifically geared towards hybrid media performance and installation, theatrical projection and electro-acoustic soundscapes. Mr. Pagano is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and plays over 10 instruments, including Sitar, Tamboura, Violin, Piano, Euro-rack Synthesizer, Clarinet & Tuvan overtone singing.  He has produced and appeared on over 50 audio recordings. In 2010 he performed “Raga Shree” with “Father of World Music”, Pandit Ravi Shankar at the University Of Florida Center for Performing Arts culminating 20 years of Hindustani Raga study.  From 2004-2010, he focused on interactivity & projection design for theatrical and live dance performance and worked as Designer/Mentor for 100s of theatrical performances including: 12th Night, the Real Thing, Rhinoceros, Dark Play or stories for boys, Electronic City, Roberto Zucco, & The Last Unicorn. An innovator in the development of inter-continental global fine arts performance and collaboration he has written software and performed live and over network for collaborations with Australia, England, Canada, Japan and Chile. He presents at National and International conferences for projection design and interactive design solutions. Currently heading the Interactive and Design track at Stamford Campus his next collaboration will include Maersk shipping and design students linking digital design students in Connecticut and Copenhagen.

Jim Parente

Assistant Professor

parrente
JAMES.PARENTE@UCONN.EDU

1 University Place Stamford, Connecticut 06901

James Parente received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and an MFA in Computer Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.  He has worked as a visual effects artist on live action & animated features including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2  and Ice Age -The Meltdown. Prior to joining the Digital Media & Design Department at the University of Connecticut, James was a visiting Assistant Professor of Time-based Media at the University of North Dakota

Dan Pejril

Assistant Professor

dan-pejril
dan.pejril@uconn.edu

860-486-3826

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Dan Pejril is joining the faculty at University of Connecticut this fall with over 15 years of digital animation design & production experience working on a wide range of projects, from medical animation and product pre-visualization to television and home video entertainment.
He received his M.F.A. (Imaging Arts and Sciences: Computer Animation) from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his B.A. in accounting from Hofstra University. Most recently, Dan was a Lead Animator at XVIVO Scientific Animation where he developed high-end medical animations for clients including Grey Healthcare Group, Ogilvy Healthworld Medical Education, National Institute of Health, Medtronic, Ajinomoto, KCI and others. As a result, his work earned the “Award of Excellence” for Instructional Animation from the Association of Medical Illustrators.
Dan taught 2d and 3d animation and digital imaging college level courses at Central Connecticut State University, Gibbs College and Rochester Institute of Technology as well as trained animators in current and advanced procedural and rendering techniques. His portfolio also includes: Art Directing teams of animators and effects artists on entertainment projects for Dick Clark Entertainment, BBDO/Mountain Dew, Sony Music Entertainment, NBC Christmas Special, and Lego Systems. Dan’s animated short films have been shown and won awards at several national film festivals.

Office Hours:

Mon/Wed 3-4pm

Tu/Thu 12-1pm

Or by Appointment

Dennis Recchia

Assistant Professor

dennis-recchia
dennis.recchia@uconn.edu

860-486-1072

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Dennis Recchia joined the UCONN DMD faculty this fall having previously worked at DreamWorks Animation where he was best known for his lighting, surfacing, and 3D animation credits on award winning films including:
HOME, TURBO, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, PUSS N BOOTS, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, MONSTERS vs. ALIENS: MUTANT PUMPKINS FROM OUTER SPACE (Animated Short), BOB’S BIG BIRTHDAY (Animated Short), MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, KUNG FU PANDA, BEE MOVIE, FLUSHED AWAY, OVER THE HEDGE, SHARKTALE, MADAGASCAR (Commercials/Consumer Products), SINBAD, SPIRIT, THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.
Prior to his work at DreamWorks, Professor Recchia worked at Magnet Interactive Studios in Georgetown, DC as a computer animator creating a series of early PC games and product animation for advertisements.
Professor Recchia earned his MFA in Digital Arts from Bowling Green State University and a BFA from Syracuse University in Illustration with an emphasis on Visual Development Art. He started his career in New York City as an illustrator, storyboard artist, and animatic artist for major advertising and entertainment companies, including Daniel and Charles, BBDO, Kenyon and Eckhart, and Benton and Bowles. His accounts included Pepsi, McDonalds, Merrill Lynch, Bristol Myers Products, Gorton Seafood and Gillette/Schick Products. In addition to producing artwork, Professor Recchia hired and managed freelance artists to complete visual development and animatic campaigns for prospective clients, which ultimately led to his career in 3D animation.
Professor Recchia is a member of the College Art Association (CAA), International Animated Film Association (ASIFA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Union, Local 839. His full credit list can be found on IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2922179/ and you can reach him via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dennis-recchia/63/142/18

Office Hours:

Mon  1:00 – 3:00pm

Wed 1:00 – 2:00pm

Or by appointment

Joel Salisbury

Assistant Professor

joel-salisbury
joel.salisbury@uconn.edu

860-486-5698

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

A UConn alum and long-time member of the University community, Joel joined the Digital Media and Design faculty in Fall 2015. His work history includes several years as a web and mobile developer for the UConn Office of Communications, as Senior Interactive Developer for a digital marketing agency in Washington, DC, and most recently as Digital Communications and Technology Lead for The Graduate School at UConn.

Joel has completed freelance web and mobile work for clients ranging from local companies to global brands such as Indeed.com, Land Rover North America, NADA Used Car Guides, and PBS MotorWeek and Vera Bradley, Inc. Additionally, he has served as a member of several technology- and marketing-related advisory groups and councils at UConn, including the Academic Technology Council, WordPress (project Aurora) Developer’s Group and Code Audit Team, Mobile Standards Committee, and the Communications and Marketing Council. Joel is also a Creative Partner in a local digital marketing agency.

You can follow Joel on Twitter at @joelsalisbury.

Office Hours:

Mon, Tu, Wed, Thu, 2-3pm

Or by appointment.

Tom Scheinfeldt

Associate Professor, Interim Deptartment Head

tom-scheinfeldt
tom.scheinfeldt@uconn.edu

860-486-4862

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Tom Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center. Dr. Scheinfeldt received his undergraduate degree (A.B. in History and Science cum laude) from Harvard and his graduate degrees (M.Sc. in History of Science and D.Phil in Modern History) from Oxford. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management to UCONN. Scheinfeldt’s award-winning, grant-funded research projects include groundbreaking experiments in digital archives such as the September 11 Digital Archive [911digitalarchive.org]; scholarly open source software projects such as Omeka [omeka.org]; generative web events such as One Week | One Tool [oneweekonetool.org]; and boundarytesting efforts in scholarly communication such as THATCamp [thatcamp.org] and ConnecticutHistory.org [connecticuthistory.org].
Among his recent publications, Scheinfeldt is co-editor (with Dan Cohen) of Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2013) and a contributor to Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). He blogs at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast. You can follow Tom on Twitter @foundhistory.

Office Hours:

Mon 1:30-3:00

Or by appointment 

 

Ken Thompson

Assistant Professor

ken-bowen
kenneth.thompson@uconn.edu

860-486-5117

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Ken graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with two Bachelors of Science. The first in Management and the second in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communications. After that, he pursued a Master’s of Science in Human Computer Interaction. Ken has worked in the game industry for eight years as a Game Designer and Lead Designer before coming to the University of Connecticut. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He works with students on creating engaging gameplay experiences and pushing the boundaries of play.

 

Twitter: @gamedevprof
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gamedevprof

Office Hours:

Tu 11:00-2:30pm

Wed 12:00-1:30pm

Or by appointment

Michael Toomey

Academic Assistant

michael-toomey
Michael.toomey@uconn.edu

860-486-6765

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Michael Toomey is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with an Individualized Major in Interactive Media. He spent several years as a freelance web designer creating websites for fashion brands, music video directors, commercial directors of photography, a New York Times bestselling author ,and popular TED speaker. For two-years he worked at the 3rd Street Promenade Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA, teaching classes to customers in the store theater. While a student at UCONN, he was hired by the School of Business and Residential Life as a web developer.
Michael is currently a staff member within the Digital Media Center specializing in project management and web development for special projects including the ConnecticutHistory.org website, the recently released UCONN PSA seen on national television, and an interactive media installation for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Michael Vertefeuille

Associate Department Head

michael-vertefeuille
mvert@uconn.edu

860-728-2525

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Mike has served as an administrator, technology leader, and faculty member at the University of Connecticut since 1992. During his initial career, Mike was employed in a variety of positions ranging from software development, emerging technologies, voice, data, and video communications, and server administration. In 1999, he moved to the School of Business as a faculty member and Director of Technology and eventually, was appointed Assistant Dean. At the School of Business, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of ecommerce and internet technologies; networking and client/server architecture; computer hardware; corporate security and cryptology; and general information technology. Before moving to Digital Media, Mike served as the Interim Technical Advisor to the Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO.
Mike has served on a number of boards and external advisory groups including: State of Connecticut Joint Committee on Educational Technology, Technology Advisory Board for Franklin Olin College of Engineering, and Board of Directors for the International Avaya Users Group. He has spoken often at conferences regarding information technology innovation and is regularly asked to comment for various news outlets.

Office Hours:

By Appointment.

Stacy Webb

Administration Assistant

stacey-webb
stacy.webb@uconn.edu

860-486-6765

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Stacy joined the Digital Media Center in the spring of 2012, after 6 years of administrative support for the University of Connecticut and over 15 years at Frito-Lay, Inc. where she worked in customer service, logistics management and finally as the non-produced inventory specialist. In her position with the Digital Media Center, Stacy helped to launch the  Digital Media & Design Department in 2013 and now serves as the Business and Administrative Manager for both the Center and the Department.
Stacy graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1992 with a degree in Hospitality Management and the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in December 2015.

Matthew Worwood

Associate Director

matthew-worwood
matthew.worwood@uconn.edu

203-251-0192

One Bishop Circle, Unit 4260, Storrs, CT 06269-4260

Matthew Worwood is Associate Director of Digital Media and Design, at the University of Connecticut. Formally a Digital Media Specialist at EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Center for 21st Century Skills, Matthew has worked on a variety of statewide education initiatives in digital media. Past work includes the creation of a digital media sequence for the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, establishing a 3D virtual world called IVCS2, and founding the Connecticut Student Film Festival.
Matthew is an Apple Distinguished Educator, with a B.A in Drama from City University in London, England, a Post Graduate Education Certificate from Roehampton University, and an M.S in Educational Studies, specializing in Creativity. As part of his studies Matthew produced a documentary that explored creativity in education, and is currently working on a crowdsourcing and visualization project called Class of 2032.
Matthew is co-founder of the blog, DadsforCreativity.com and serves as an Executive Board Member at the EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, CT.
You can follow Matthew on Twitter @worwood or connect via LinkedIn.

Ilya Zarembsky

Adjunct Professor

zarembsky
ilya.zarembsky@uconn.edu

1 University Place Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Ilya Zarembsky is a game and interaction designer living in Brooklyn. His recent and ongoing projects include The Splits, a collection of experimental action games, and Jaunt, a social urban exploration app concept and winner of the 2016 Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge. He is a resident and longtime loose affiliate of the NYC-based DIY game art collective Babycastles, one of the epicenters of experimental game culture on the East Coast. Through collaborations with Babycastles and with organizations like Different Games, Living Games, and Games for Change, he has sought to bring great attention, acceptance, and respect to underrepresented and marginalized authors and genres, and to build goodwill and understanding between conservative/traditional and experimental/progressive game communities. He considers the cultivation of openness to and curiosity about new and diverse cultural perspectives and gameplay experiences to be one of his foremost responsibilities as a game design instructor – whether that means helping students who grew up playing first person space marine shooters develop an appreciation for text-based Twine games about personal struggles with gender identity, or vice versa. He holds an MFA Game Design from the NYU Game Center and a BA English Lit from Yale University.

Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants – 2016-17

  • Patrick Belanger – MFA, Game Design
  • Kathleen Bengston – MA, Digital Media & Design
  • Elizabeth Caron – MA, Web Design & Development
  • Martinus Evans – MA, DM Business Strategies
  • Ryan Freeland – MFA, Animation
  • Hunter French – MFA, Motion Graphics
  • Fatemeh Ghaderi, MFA, Animation
  • Ryan Glista, MFA, Motion Graphics/Film Studies
  • McCoy Jamison – MFA, Web Design & Development
  • Thomas Lee – MFA, Interaction Design
  • Tyler Malboeuf – MFA, Digital Media & Design
  • Brandon Nickle – MFA, Web Design & Development
  • Kevin Richetelli – MFA, Motion Graphics
  • Aaron Seitz – MFA, Business Strategies
  • Roy Skinner – MFA, Animation