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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Digital Design Students Serve as Volunteers at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles

Daniel Palma of Paterson and Benjamin Gross of Lambertville, two juniors from NJIT's School of Art + Design, served as volunteers in the Student Volunteer Program at the Association of Computing Machinery’s 2010 ACM SIGGRAPH Conference last month in Los Angeles.

(ATTENTION EDITORS: To learn more about this and other programs in NJIT’s new College of Architecture and Design, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973- 596-3436.)

Admission to the Student Volunteer Program for this event is competitive and provides participants access to network with industry leaders and the opportunity to attend short courses, presentations of production case studies, and technical paper sessions. Students provide a minimum of 30 hours of service during the conference.

“I can’t stress enough what a terrific career opportunity this was,” said Glenn Goldman, professor, College of Art and Design, and director of the program.  “Attended by more than 22,500 individuals with more than 160 industry exhibitions, the conference is the world’s premier annual conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques and attracts artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 79 countries.”

Palma and Gross are both third-year students in the entertainment track in NJIT’s new BA program in Digital Design. For the bilingual Palma, who is also enrolled in the NJIT Equal Opportunity Program and is a past recipient of a Director’s Scholarship in the School of Art + Design, this marked his second consecutive year at the conference.

It was the first year at the event for Gross, also a student in the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College. “I just can’t describe what an unbelievable experience SIGGRAPH was for me,” he said. “From the tutorials and career talks given by professionals in the Studio area, to the rich and colorful shorts displayed at the daily Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH showed me some of the many opportunities Digital Design students can pursue with this degree.”

ACM SIGGRAPH is dedicated to the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. They are a membership organization that values passion, integrity, excellence, volunteerism, and cross-disciplinary interaction in all of its activities.  The annual conference is its best known event.  For more information, please visit: http://www.siggraph.org/about.

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