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Digital Design Students Participate in Volunteer Program at SIGGRAPH National Conference

Daniel Palma and Benjamin Gross are both seniors in the Entertainment Track in the BA program in Digital Design

In a repeat performance from last year, Daniel Palma of Paterson and Benjamin Gross, an honors student from Lambertville, were accepted to participate in the Student Volunteer Program for SIGGRAPH 2011 held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from August 6 through August 11. The two students, seniors in the Entertainment Track in the BA program in Digital Design, provided thirty hours of volunteer service to the conference attended by more than 15,000 people, and also attended technical paper presentations, emerging technology exhibits, the juried digital art show, industry production sessions, and the annual computer animation festival. Throughout the week the two students, along with their international peers, had opportunities to participate in special networking activities with academic and industry leaders.

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is the largest annual event sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) which, for the first time, held its conference in Canada.  This is the second consecutive year of participation in this highly competitive program for Gross, and the third year for Palma. Both students are past recipients of the Director’s Scholarship in the School of Art + Design and NJIT Annual Design Award winners in the Digital Design program.