Assistant Professor in-Residence
3D Animation | Storrs
Education: MFA, Imaging Arts and Sciences: Computer Animation, Rochester Institute of Technology
BA, Bachelor of Business Administration, Hofstra University
Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: Science & Visualizations, Character Animation and Short film production
Dan Pejril has over 20 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.
Dan is currently an Assistant Professor in-Residence in Digital Media and Design at the University of Connecticut. Focusing his teaching and research in 3D animation, Dan has collaborated with many areas of the university including: the UConn Health Center, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and Greenhouse Studios. His expertise has helped to fund various grant-funded research projects and visualize data through 3D animation and virtual reality. He was the recipient of the “New Scholar Award” for the School of Fine Arts in 2015.
Dan worked as 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. His additional work portfolio includes: character animation, 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.
Recent Research Achievements:
Greenhouse Studios – Charles V Coronation Project – This research project with Greenhouse Studios, examines the 1530 coronation mass of Charles V, through artistic recreations of the music and performance in contexts of the past—through advanced visualization techniques.
A Catalog of Cell Types in the Early Organogenesis Embryo – A Single Cell Lineage Map, Phase 1 – Research for the Mouse Embryo Atlas Project with Craig Nelson (Department of Molecular & Cell Biology) for a grant proposal. The research involves converting and reinterpreting visualization data from scanned organic data to map the cell lineage of a developing mouse embryo from 1 cell to 100,000 cells.