School and University

I moved to Singapore in 2005 to become founding faculty at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media, the first professional art school in Southeast Asia. In the course the years spent here I have performed various duties to the school, the university and to the larger society in Singapore. During my first few years at ADM, my duties were primarily related to the review and grading of student portfolios, the development of core curricula and electives for our respective programs in the new area of arts study. I helped established a methodology for the review of undergraduate submissions through student portfolio and a “Faculty Test”, now a yearly task shared by the more than 40 full time lecturers. The creation and grading of the “Faculty Test” involved devising a test that would evaluate the creativity of incoming students that along with their portfolio, we could use to assess the potential of the student to succeed in their pursuit of studies in our school. Additionally I was involved with the promotion of our school and the ongoing recruitment of undergraduate students, the recruitment of higher level faculty including the introduction to the NTU community of our current Chair of School, Professor Vibeke Sorensen.

I taught and contributed to the development of the syllabus for 2 Foundation subjects: Drawing Foundations and Design and Time, our 4D design class. I contributed to the design and structure of our three year Bachelor of Fine Arts offered in Animation including a number of syllabi for this specialist area of study including 3D Production, Advanced 3D Production, Storyboard, Preproduction Seminar, Animation Seminar, Visual Effects and 3D Modeling.

I have been involved in various local volunteer organizations, helping to bring awareness to the utility of my area of instruction to the broader community. Upon moving to Singapore I began volunteer work and served as a board member for the local chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. During this time as a member of the chapter I gave talks throughout Southeast Asia promoting computer generated imagery and techniques, judged film submissions to ImageReel 2005, conducted short presentations to public forums from 2005 through 2009. I was faculty representative to the NTU SIGGRAPH Student Club from 2008 through 2011. During that time we decided to form a committee to bring SIGGRAPH to Asia. I was part of the protem steering committee for the initial proposal for SIGGRAPH Asia 2008. The SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition is a top tier conference run by ACM SIGGRAPH, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Its inaugural conference event SIGGRAPH Asia was held in Singapore in December in 2008. At the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 in Singapore I volunteered to be the Educators Program Chair. I have volunteered to be the Chair of the Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 happening in Hong Kong and SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 tentatively planned to happen in Shenzhen, China.

I recently completed an engagement with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of InfoComm Technology (ICT) where I served two terms, from 2009-11 and 2011-13 as an External Examiner. Working with course manager Agus Rahardja, we completely redesigned their Diploma in Multimedia and Animation and designed their new program of study Diploma in Animation and 3D Arts. It now receives the best students as incoming applicants for study. For a testimonial on this work please follow this link.

In this past year I managed to get an in-kind donation worth 10 thousand Singapore dollars from XLRender for cloud-based rendering services. This grant was awarded as a prize to Final Year Project (FYP) animation area student(s) selected by animation faculty. This included onsite training and online assistance dedicated to the completion of their project.

I arranged for a selection of our Final Year Project students to be exhibited the Singapore Art/Science Museum Gallery space. A successful exhibition of our students work, this relationship holds promise to blossom into a larger exhibition of works in the coming Academic Year 2013-14.

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