Faculty


Donna Aldridge

Senior Lecturer


Michael Andreen

Senior Lecturer

Michael Andreen focuses on analysis of video games from the perspective of bridging gaps between research and development. His research examines the historical growth of games in an effort to identify common design practices and assumptions that exist throughout the lifetime of the video game industry. He has also participated in independent game development serving as a composer, sound designer, and game designer for a variety of games ranging from mobile entertainment to grant-funded... Read More


Olivia Banner

Assistant Professor

Olivia Banner is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Her research considers the intersections of medicine, new media, and health and illness, with a focus on how race, gender, and disability are refracted within those intersections. Her book, Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017), examines how digital technologies shape the... Read More


Lisa Bell

Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Clinical Professor

Lisa Bell’s teaching focuses on the critical analysis of media and culture and public discourse, particularly in terms of the intersections among rhetorical citizenship and public deliberation. She collaborates with ATEC’s Feminist Research Collective (FRC) and Social Practice and Creative Expression Media Lab (SP&CE Media Lab). Bell holds an MA in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a BA from Rice... Read More


Elizabeth Boyd

Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth S. P. Boyd is currently a Senior Lecturer III in UTDallas’s ATEC program. Her specialties are 3D modeling and texturing/surfacing. She has additional skills as a 3D generalist in rigging, lighting, rendering/compositing, and character design. Elizabeth earned an M.F.A in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Elizabeth teaches many classes at UTDallas in ATEC. They include: Modeling and Texturing I, Modeling and Texturing II, Animation... Read More


xtine Burrough

Associate Professor

Xtine Burrough makes participatory projects for networked publics. She uses social platforms, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, to create web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. Burrough is passionate about using digital tools to translate common experiences into personal arenas for discovery. Emergent themes in her work include culture jamming, net.art, appropriation, and... Read More


Chris Camacho

Senior Lecturer

Chris Camacho graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in ATEC from UT Dallas in 2009. He then proceeded to receive his Master’s in Fine Arts in ATEC in 2012. During his time as a graduate student, Chris worked as a Teaching Assistant and taught sections of Modeling and Texturing 1 and Rigging 1. In the summer of 2011, Chris worked as a Technical Director at Element X Creative, where he created a character rig meant to teach students how to animate. For Chris’s graduate thesis, he... Read More


Adam Chandler

Senior Lecturer

Adam Chandler is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts & Technology program (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas. His professional experience and teaching interests include 3D modeling, Level Design, Motion Graphics and Scripting.Adam has worked several years in a variety of positions in the field. In Architectural Visualization, he joined RealPage to create 3D renders and fly-through animations that turned apartment floorplans into life-like digital models. At one of the world’s largest... Read More


Timothy Christopher

Clinical Assistant Professor

Tim Christopher’s research concentrates on many game forms to include: purposeful games, uncomfortable games, both informal and formal educational games, analogue and digital game design, public display games, location based games, copacetic game distribution models, simulation and game design, agent based simulation and game design, games that include robots, games about space exploration, hard sci-fi games, Zen and game design, mindfulness in game design, and long form social games. He... Read More


Daedra Christopher

Senior Lecturer

Daedra Christopher is an artist with a unique background with an encompassing career ranging from New York Design firms to independent game development. Comfortable in both traditional art or digital, Daedra’s work ranges from expansive video game level designs to wearable art."My passion has always been to express the narrative of the game through physical representation of its world. I create my levels by submerging myself into the story of the videogame and picture how the... Read More


Heidi Cooley

Associate Professor

Heidi Rae Cooley is an associate professor of Media Arts at the University of South Carolina, where she holds a joint appointment in the School of Visual Art and Design and the Film and Media Studies Program. Informed by the philosophy and mathematics of American pragmatist Charles Sanders Peirce, her scholarship merges theory and practice to interrogate habit and habit-change in the mobile, connected present. She is a visiting associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging... Read More


Kristin Drogos

Assistant Professor

Kristin L. Drogos is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Broadly her research focuses on the role of media in the socialization of youth. More specifically, Kristin researches the effects of mediated content on youth. She is currently studying the ways in which social network site use relates to the identity formation of adolescents. Kristin also works on projects that analyze the content of children's television programming. Her past projects have assessed both... Read More


Frank Dufour

Associate Professor
Director, ATEC PhD Program

Frank Dufour has been employed as a sound technician at the Archives of the French National Radio for nine years, from 1983 to 1992. He was in charge of the restoration of historical recordings. In 1992, he created one of the first all-digital recording studios in France specialized in digital sound restoration for audio publications and sound design for animation movies and video productions. The studio created the sound effects for the TV series The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Prince... Read More


Monica Evans

Area Head for Games

Monica Evans has designed and developed experimental and educational games with numerous university partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The University of Texas System, the United States Department of Defense (TRADOC and JFCOM), Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and multiple arts institutions in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to teaching, Evans coordinates the gaming program as well as the Game Production... Read More


Eric Farrar

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor

Eric Farrar’s interest center around independent animated shorts and techniques for combining music and animation. With a background in music and visual communication design, he completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. Working at the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio Rhythm & Hues as a character rigger, he created bone and muscle systems for digital... Read More


Todd Fechter

Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Todd Fechter is an Associate Professor of Computer Animation in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC). His teaching focus is pre-production design, modeling and texturing, as well as various studio courses. He has worked on numerous film and television series including The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and The Book of Life. His past positions include Head of Environment Modeling, Modeler, Rigger, and Set Dressing artist.Fechter’s personal creative... Read More


Paul Fishwick

Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and Professor of Computer Science

Paul Fishwick brings substantial industry experience in modeling and simulation to ATEC. His main research area is modeling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modeling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul is active in forging new bridges between the arts, engineering and computer science. In graduate school, he created the company Cheshire Cat Software while in Philadelphia. Since 1995, as CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, he has served as the lead Software... Read More


Hal Fitzgerald

Senior Lecturer

Hal Fitzgerald has been involved in audio production for over 23 years, as a musician, recording engineer, producer, and educator. Over the last few years, he has collaborated with some of the music industry's finest artists such as Lauryn Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, and Vanilla Ice. Hal was co-owner of the massive Texas studio complex, Maximedia Studios. Maximedia hosted some of the biggest artists in the world such as Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers,... Read More


Melissa Hernandez-Katz

Senior Lecturer

Melissa Hernandez-Katz is a senior lecturer who teaches Communication classes. Prior to teaching Melissa worked in the student services side of higher education in various roles which included admissions counselor, academic advisor, and assistant director for advising. All centered on helping students with their academic goals. Melissa has taught Interpersonal Communications, Intercultural Communications, Professional & Technical Communications, and Survey of Oral & Technology Based... Read More


Sharon Hewitt

Senior Lecturer

Sharon Hewitt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches courses in video production and design. Her areas of focus include researching new forms of documentary storytelling and creating documentary experiences, with an emphasis on interactive, participatory, and immersive forms. Sharon’s current, ongoing projects include an experiential video exploring perceptions of time and an... Read More


Laura Imaoka

Senior Lecturer

Laura Beltz Imaoka is a learning practitioner in the digital humanities. She supports practice-based learning that complements traditional forms of assessment. Her research interests engage the areas of visual studies, film and media studies, and critical geography with a particular interest in geospatial technology, ecomedia, and the spatial imagination of disasters. Laura has published in the edited collection, Extreme Weather and Global Media (Routledge, 2015), as well as collaboratively in... Read More


Casey Allen Johnson

Assistant Professor

Casey Johnson’s professional background is in the field of 3D computer animation. He has professional experience as both a generalist and a technical director.He began his career in corporate video, making safety and training materials for one of the largest air-conditioning producers in the world. From there he went into the educational software industry, working as a generalist for a company whose software was in over half the K-6 schools in the U.S. He worked as a graphic artist for... Read More


Lindsey Joyce

Senior Lecturer

Lindsey Joyce is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) and The University of Texas at Dallas. Her industry experience and research interests involve the construction of digital content that meets user needs and increases interest and engagement. In her research, Joyce focuses her attention primarily on video game narrative. Joyce considers how the construction and presentation of narrative elements influence player experiences. As a faculty... Read More


Carie Tucker King

Clinical Professor of Communication and Associate Director of Rhetoric

Dr. King graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan, and returned to the US to study at Baylor University. She then worked 12 years as medical editor and grant writer in nursing, ob/gyn, surgery, and oncology at UTMB at Galveston, Wright State University, Northwestern University, and Creighton University. Upon returning to Texas, she earned her MA in Technical Writing from the University of North Texas and her PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. She then... Read More


Midori Kitagawa

Associate Professor

Dr. Midori Kitagawa is the author of  Mocap for Artists: Workflow and Techniques for Motion Capture, published by Focal Press in 2008. Dr. Kitagawa's research interests include 3D computer animation, 2D animation, motion capture, interactive multimedia teaching, virtual reality, 3D modeling, visualization, and studio arts.... Read More


Kim Knight

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

Kim Knight is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research broadly centers on the ways digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity. More specifically, her current work on viral media addresses the role of digital media as it circulates outside of broadcast paradigms and empowers or oppresses subjects in network society. She also has multiple research projects in progress on the topic of gendered... Read More


Angela Lee

Assistant Professor

Angela M. Lee (PhD, UT-Austin) is an Assistant Professor of Mediated Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on audience analysis, news media use and effects, media management, behavior prediction, and journalism ethics.Dr. Lee’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Digital Journalism. She has... Read More


Paul Lester

Clinical Professor

Dr. Paul Martin Lester is a clinical professor for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and a tenured, full professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton.After an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and employment as a photojournalist for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Lester received a Master’s from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in mass communications.He is the... Read More


Timothy Lewis

Senior Lecturer I

Tim Lewis’s professional background lies in the fields of simulation and game development. While working at Trench Games, LLC and the Center for Modeling and Simulation at the University of Texas at Dallas, he obtained experience co-leading development and design, as well as coordinating and leading art teams on multiple real-time simulations and video games.In 2011, Tim co-founded Trench Games, LLC to continue work on the indie game, Galaxy for Hire. During this time, Tim... Read More


Thomas Linehan

Professor

Dr. Thomas Linehan is currently the director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering and the founder of the Arts and Technology programs (ATEC) at UT Dallas. The programs serve 1200 students at BA, MA, MFA and Ph.D. level.  These students form groups who are writing the interactive stories of our future. They are made up of animation, special effects, digital sound, and game-based programming,  that uses modeling and algorithmic  programs to create specified... Read More


Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. His research focuses on transnational media distribution, digital labor, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American film and television. He has published articles in Feminist Media Histories and the edited collections Geoblocking and Global Video Culture and Arrow and Superhero Television. In addition, his articles are forthcoming in the... Read More


Roger Malina

Professor

Roger F. Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in extreme and ultraviolet astronomy, space instrumentation and optics. He served as director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and was NASA Principal Investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite project at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a publisher and editor in the new emerging research fields that connect the sciences and engineering to the arts, design and humanities. Since... Read More


Sean McComber

Assistant Professor

Sean McComber is an Assistant Professor of Animation in Arts and Technology (ATEC). He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Computer Art and an emphasis in... Read More


Peter Mccord

Senior Lecturer

Peter McCord is a Senior Lecturer for The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and teaches courses in lighting and compositing for 3D animation.Before coming to UTD Peter worked at Reel FX Animation Studio as a lighting and compositing artist. He has worked on a variety of film, commercial, and animated short projects that include the animated feature films: Free Birds, The Book of Life, and Rock Dog.Peter’s main focus as a lighting and compositing artist was working... Read More


Ryan McMahan

Assistant Professor - Computer Science

Ryan P. McMahan. directs the Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab, which focuses on using immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies to promote effective learning and training. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his research and educational activities pertaining to leveraging the virtualness of VR. He has authored numerous journal papers, conference papers, and other publications, including coauthoring the... Read More


Roxanne Minnish

Senior Lecturer

Roxanne Minnish is a Senior Lecturer in the Arts and Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches Design I and II. She helped write the curriculum for Design I.Roxanne holds an M.F.A. from UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program and a bachelor of arts degree in music.Roxanne has been an adjunct instructor at UT Dallas since Spring of 2012, teaching Sound Design, Computer Imaging, and Design I and II.Prior to teaching, she served as a Web Developer for the... Read More


Barbara Morgan

Faculty Accreditation Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Barbara Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ATEC as Faculty Accreditation Coordinator and Senior Lecturer. She has dedicated nearly 20 years to education and to student success. Additionally, she is a Veteran of the United States Army where she served 10 years as an Arabic Linguist and a Signal Officer.Morgan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas at Arlington with ABD status. Her research includes strategies and methodologies to... Read More


Mihai Nadin

Professor of Computer Science and Interactive Media
Director, antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems

Mihai Nadin’s areas of expertise range from electrical engineering and computer science to aesthetics of interactive arts, semiotics, human-computer interaction. His current area of interest and research is anticipation/anticipatory systems, in which he is recognized as a world leader cf. www.anteinstitute.orgPioneer of computer graphics (since 1964) and computer sound generation (1966), Nadin tried to connect the new science and technology with the arts, literature and design. He was the... Read More


Cassini Nazir

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cassini Nazir is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design, web design and design principles. He is also Director of Design and Research for the ArtSciLab, a transdisciplinary research lab helping the arts, science, and technology communities by pursuing initiatives of societal urgency and cultural timeliness. He is also a member of the Dallas Design Council,... Read More


Josef Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Josef Nguyen is an assistant professor of game studies at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research engages science and technology studies as well as media studies, with particular interest in the politics of play, toys, and games in contemporary digital culture. His... Read More


Christi Nielsen

Senior Lecturer

Christi Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her areas of focus include new media, interactive art, and translation.Nielsen is a transmedia artist with a background in photography and video. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Technology, with a concentration in Emerging Media and Communications.She founded and directed inter.sect Art Collective, a group of artists... Read More


Kara Oropallo

Senior Lecturer

Kara Oropallo’s teaching and research focus primarily on creative management and the art (and joy!) of managing artists. Kara’s previous industry experience includes 12 years at DreamWorks Animation, where she worked in production on such films as The Croods and Rise of the Guardians. She also produced the behind-the-scenes documentary Rise of the Guardians: Creating an Epic. More recently, Kara worked in studio management on such films as Boss Baby and Trolls. Kara has experience... Read More


Bonnie Pitman

Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Bonnie Pitman joined The University of Dallas at Texas as Distinguished Scholar in Residence in 2012 to research and develop partnerships between UTD and cultural and health-related institutions. She serves in the Office of the Provost, and The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The Center for BrainHealth and the School of Art and Technology. The former Director of The Dallas Museum of Art, she is a national leader in the public engagement of art. Pitman’s work with The Edith... Read More


John Pomara

Professor

John Pomara's teaching and research are on the visual arts with a focus on current theoretical concerns of contemporary art and culture. His own research the past few years has focused primarily on issues addressing the current state of painting and picture making with the rise of new media and digital technology. Pomara explores and formats computer stenciling of magnified digital images. These pictorial distortions are then painted in an analog fashion, pulling industrial enamel paints across... Read More


Monika Salter

Senior Lecturer

Monika Salter comes to us from the animated feature film industry where she has spent 14 years working in Character Effects and Lighting. Known as Monika Sawyer in the profession, her film credits include Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, Rio, Horton Hears a Who, and several Ice Age sequels including Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Monika has spent the last six years working with Dallas-based film studio, Reel FX Creative Studios, as Character Effects Supervisor where... Read More


Maximilian Schich

Associate Professor

Maximilian Schich is an associate professor for arts and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas and a founding member of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. His work converges hermeneutics, information visualization, computer science, and physics to understand art, history, and culture. His motivation is to harness and advance expertise in collaboration, to build and lead a group of researchers, to teach students, and to contribute within a team of teams.... Read More


Andrew Scott

Associate Professor

Andrew Scott is a visual artist living and working in Dallas Texas. Holding a B.F.A. from Long Island University, Southampton and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, he also studied at the OSU Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). His, studio practice focuses on the intersection of digital fabrication technologies and traditional fine arts practices. In his work he uses computer graphics software with 3d printers, cnc mills, laser cutters, laser scanners and... Read More


Dean Terry

Associate Professor

Dean Terry is Associate Professor at UT Dallas. He is the Director of the new Emerging Media & Communications (EMAC) program. He is also the founder and director of MobileLab where he conducts research in the emerging mobile space with partners Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Apple, and RIM. He has also worked with Microsoft, Nokia, Warner Brothers, Sony, Yahoo, and many others. He regularly presents his ideas at major technology conferences including Supernova and GigaOm's Mobilize, and has... Read More


Marilyn Waligore

Professor, Arts and Humanities, Aesthetic Studies / Photography

Marilyn Waligore, Professor, Aesthetic Studies / Photography, directs the photography program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Waligore received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and undergraduate degrees in Art and in English from the University of California-Berkeley. Through her digital photographs of objects, she investigates concepts of the everyday and the domestic sphere.  Her articles have appeared in Leonardo... Read More


Chip Wood

Clinical Associate Professor

Chip Wood has been a professional Industrial Designer for over 30 years, since graduating from Brigham Young University. He began his career designing large main-frame computers for Sperry-Univac in Minneapolis. He also worked as a consulting designer for Gregory Fossella Associates in Boston where he designed a variety of consumer and commercial products including helicopters, sailboats, bank ATMS, computer equipment, medical instruments and the Kurzweil 250 electronic piano (custom designed... Read More


Hong-An Wu

Assistant Professor

Hong-An (Ann) Wu is a community-based educator, new media artist, and interdisciplinary researcher who investigates the intersection of critical pedagogy and play. Specifically, her work focuses on developing pedagogical approaches that activate civic engagement through the creation and use of digital and interactive technologies, such as video games, for social justice. Wu received her Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her action research... Read More