When Madison “Madi” Hess crosses the stage at UT Dallas commencement ceremonies this week, she will be participating with magna cum laude honors in theemerging media and communication (EMAC) program. But she also leaves a legacy as a standout student-athlete. At an institution more known for academics than athletics, Hess has excelled in both — and she has the championship ring to prove it.
Last year, a team of faculty, students and alumni launched “Polycraft World,” one of the most comprehensive modifications, or mods, available for the popular video game “Minecraft.” Earlier this year,access to servers hosting the beta version of the mod was free for the first 10,000 users. The team, led by assistant professor Dr. Walter Voit BS’05, MS’06, who teaches in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, is calling on students to showcase their skills. Each week, new competitions are unveiled on the game’s YouTube channel. Whoever completes the challenge best is named “Polycrafter of the Week” and receives a $5,000 scholarship
A recent graduate’s passion for publication and her religion has led her to start a full-fledged magazine about the lives and fashion of modern Muslim-American women.
ATEC freshman Emma Mathes’ design of Quasar, a superhero who can create pockets of intense gravity, earned her a $1,000 Clark Van Pelt Scholarship from Element X, a motion design studio in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.
Open call to ATEC and EMAC students: Propose a creative idea that uses Art and Technology that inserts it into the art forms of the Korean Wave to further empower it.
Arts and Technology students displayed their creative talents in the newest edition of The Exley, UT Dallas’ undergraduate research journal. Creative projects published in the journal include poetry, game design, comics and an animated film. The Fast and the Fjorious Cara Curley and Kelly Padgett were among the 15 students who created The Fast and the Fjorious, featured in … Continue reading Student Creative Projects Featured in Undergraduate Research Journal →
As part of the Spring Arts Festival, Arts and Technology students will showcase game projects on Friday, May 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm in ATC 3.101. The games were produced in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 Game Production Lab (ATEC 4350 and ATEC 6345), a course structured to simulate the game development industry. Games to be … Continue reading Preview Games During Spring Arts Festival →
New Media is the topic for The Dallas Contemporary’s upcoming exhibition featuring student work from UNT, SMU, and UTD. The Contemporary is featuring two UT Dallas student pieces in its Student New Media exhibition that will be presented on Friday, April 25. Arts and Technology MFA student Spencer Brown-Pearn is one of the students whose work … Continue reading The Dallas Contemporary Features Student Installations →
Tiffany Sweet is not one to let a difficult past define her. For someone raised in the state foster care system, it might seem insurmountable to tackle a degree program at an academically rigorous university like UT Dallas. But Sweet is well on her way, maintaining a GPA above 3.0 in her first semester as … Continue reading Former Foster Care Child on Path to Succeed as ATEC Student →
Tejeev Patel, graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, expounds on the technical aspects of the various iterations of Robokind’s different models. The firm’s office on the seventh floor of a downtown Dallas skyscraper is littered with experimental models like the ones seen above, in various stages of development. (Photo by Christopher Wang) Robokind … Continue reading Alumni Build Therapeutic Bots for Autistic Children →
Freshman Kathryn Trost is just beginning her journey at UT Dallas. At the same time, her parents have invested in another beginning – the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building. Donald and Karen Trost, whose son, Kyle, is a junior arts and technology major, had been tracking the progress of the new building during visits to … Continue reading Parents Honor Children with Naming Gift for Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building →
Bill Fahle BS’88, MSCS’05, PhD’12 writes system code. Dustin Nulf BS’95 engineers audio for voice-overs and animations. Karin Khoo BS’09, MFA’12 works with artists to bring animations to life. And Jeremy Roden, a UT Dallas PhD student, produces videos to promote products. Sandra Thomas is president and COO of Istation, and Jeremy Roden is director … Continue reading Education Tech Firm Draws Heavily on Talents of UT Dallas Grads →
Voting has begun for Animation Guild Officers. Cast your vote online. Voting ends Sunday, April 6. Below is a list of nominees: President Lorraine Bett Vice President Wajiha Desai Beth Del Rosario Taylor Ransom Shona Gillard Secretary Taylor Ransom Allison Reed Beth Del Rosario Treasurer Beth Del Rosario
ATEC to Industry will feature a panel discussion and networking with industry professionals and ATEC alumni. Pizza will be provided. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6-7:30 pm in Residence Hall North, 2nd floor Multipurpose Room. Panel Discuss Samantha Bratton, 2D/3D Artist at Game Circus Steven Strobel, Technical Artist at Gearbox Chris Oliver, 3D Animator … Continue reading ATEC to Industry: Network with Industry Professionals and Alums →
Join Tommy Tallarico of Video Games Live for a question-and-answer session Friday, Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tommy is a composer for games, co-creator of Video Games Live, and world record holder for most video games worked on. Tony will be here the day before Video Games Live to talk about the … Continue reading Q&A with Tommy Tallarico →
Arts and Technology alumnus Willie Baronet recently spoke at TEDxSMU, an all-day event ranging from personal discussions of physical and mental journeys to demonstrations of high-tech gadgetry. Willie Baronet is an artist, professor, and life coach in Dallas. For 15 years he owned and managed an advertising design firm, which he sold in 2006. He graduated … Continue reading ATEC Alum Speaks at TEDxSMU Salon 2012 →
After taking Dr. Kim Knight’s Fashioning Circuits course, Amy Pickup BS’09, MS’12 knew she wanted to use her knowledge of art and technology to make a positive impact on the world. At the heart of Pickup’s inspiration was a LilyPad Arduino, a microcontroller board used in class that can create electronic fashion when sewn to … Continue reading Fashioning a Brighter Future: Amy Pickup →
Students are encouraged to attend the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Education, an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and AT&T Aspire. The event, which begins Friday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m and runs through Saturday, Sept. 15, is designed for attendees both technical and non-technical to build apps/mobile apps to benefit the education system. The event … Continue reading Mobile App Hackathon, Sept. 14-15 →
The end of this month marks the 4th annual Big Design Conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Addison, TX. Big Design is a weekend learning intensive conference for digital creatives May 31-June 2, 2012. With almost 60 speakers from all over the country, the topics vary from design, strategy, user experience, and code development. … Continue reading Big Design Conference Offers a Weekend of Design and Development →
Working Title is an interactive art happening which addresses community involvement, a pertinent concern in the Dallas art scene, by encouraging a lineage of artists within the community to actively engage in evolutionary and collaborative art creation process. Ro2 Art Downtown Projects – 110 N Akard, Dallas 30 Artists, collaborating as part of 3 Generations Three … Continue reading Student Work to be Featured at Ro2 Gallery →
EMAC students Thi Le and Cintia Guerrero have organized a charity event to help benefit children’s cancer research. The UT Dallas students and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer are hosting a Chalking for Children’s Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at Les Lacks Park, 3901 Beltway Dr. in Addison. Draw in chalk and enter a chalk art … Continue reading Chalking for Children’s Cancer →
Nominations for officers for the Student Animation Guild are now being accepted. Available positions include the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Students may nominate themselves or someone else, but must confirm that they are willing and agree to participate. Nominations will be accepted online through Sunday, April 22. The elected president’s first task will … Continue reading Nominations for Animation Guild Officers Extended to Sunday, April 22 →
Nominations for officers for the Student Animation Guild are now being accepted. Available positions include the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Students may nominate themselves or someone else, but must confirm that they are willing and agree to participate. Make a Nomination Nominations will be accepted online between April 4-18. The elected president’s … Continue reading Nominations Now Being Accepted for Animation Guild Officers →
Arts and Technology student Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Ikebude is the winner of this year’s iWeek T-Shirt design contest, held annually by the International Student Services Office. He said the sphere depicted in his winning design “symbolizes the parts of the world from which students come.” A celebration of the University’s diverse student body, iWeek kicks off … Continue reading ATEC Student Wins T-Shirt Design Competition →
February 24-26 marked Dallas’ first annual BeMyApp event, a mobile app design and development competition. Idea generators, developers, and designers of all ages and skill levels collaborated to create a functioning app in just 48 hours. Ben Morrow, a UT Dallas Arts and Technology alumnus and cofounder of Liquid, organized and hosted the Dallas BeMyApp … Continue reading ATEC Alumnus Hosts Dallas’ First BeMyApp Event →
Building on the design and animation skills she has developed in the Arts and Technology program, UT Dallas student Alyssa Lee recently published Candy on a Plane, her first graphic novel for children. The book and a collection of art and animations – spawned from wondering, “What if clouds were made of cotton candy?” – … Continue reading ATEC Student’s Whimsical Graphic Novel Takes Flight →
Photographer Carlo Zinzi only recently graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with an MFA in Arts and Technology (ATEC), but he is already making his mark on the art world with his surreal take on Americana. Zinzi, who imbues his work with a sense of humor and whimsy, was awarded the Juror’s Selection … Continue reading UT Dallas Grad’s Photos Win Awards for Quirkiness →
A social media platform for mobile devices created by Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) students is creating buzz at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin. Placethings is one of 32 finalists in the second annual Accelerator Competition at SXSW Interactive, which has become the world’s premier emerging technology event. Placethings beat out hundreds … Continue reading UT Dallas Mobile Creation Piques Curiosity at SXSW →
Seminars and Guest Speakers Enrich Experience in New Residence Hall Jan. 29, 2010 Living Learning Communities (LLC) at UT Dallas are off to a busy start after their first semester in the University’s new residence hall. Community members have attended seminars given by experts in their fields of interest and interacted closely with UT Dallas faculty … Continue reading Living Learning Communities Have a Busy Debut →
Tony Tyler’s infatuation with computer animation began with Tron, the groundbreaking science fiction film from 1982. Decades later, he read an article in the UTD Mercury about the University’s new Arts and Technology (ATEC) program and thought perhaps he could learn how to create virtual worlds and the creatures to inhabit them. Today, the ATEC … Continue reading ATEC Alumnus Builds Career, One Monster at a Time →
Project Documents History Prof’s Use of Popular Service as a Teaching Tool An Arts and Technology student’s video account of a professor’s classroom experiment with Twitter is making waves on the World Wide Web, capturing thousands of viewers on YouTube and prompting an article in U.S. News & World Report. UT Dallas graduate student Kim Smith’s … Continue reading ATEC Student’s Twitter Video Makes Waves →
Hanson Robotics, Inc., of Dallas, founded by University of Texas at Dallas Ph.D. student David Hanson, received a $1.5 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund grant to help the young company take its new robotics technologies to market, according to an announcement made today by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The grant will enable Hanson Robotics to … Continue reading Company Founded by UT Dallas Ph.D. Student Receives $1.5M Emerging Technology Grant →