SIGGRAPH, “the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques” was held in Los Angeles, California from August 4 through August 9, and included a contingent of representatives from NJIT’s School of Art + Design. For the fourth consecutive year, students from NJIT’s Digital Design program were selected to the highly competitive Student Volunteer Program during which each student provided a minimum of 30 hours of service for the weeklong event. The conference, which hosted more than 21,000 people from 83 countries included artists, scientists, researchers, filmmakers, game developers, academics, and students; and provided the volunteers with opportunities to attend technical seminars and paper sessions, industry production sessions, emerging technology exhibits, and the annual Computer Animation Festival featuring innovative digital films and special effects. The students also had networking opportunities with peers and industry leaders, and were offered portfolio and demo reel reviews of their own work.
Five students from the School of Art + Design were selected this year (besting the previous high of two NJIT students in each of the last two years). Participating this year for the first time were Digital Design students Alexis Polanco, Jr. (Woodbridge, NJ), Chris Narine (West Orange, NJ), Rachel Corres (Union, NJ), and Brian Yasin (Matawan, NJ). For the fourth consecutive year, Daniel Palma (Paterson, NJ) was chosen to be part of the program. Accompanying the group was Director of the School of Art + Design Glenn Goldman who is serving on the national committee as the Education Liaison/Director for the SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference scheduled for Anaheim, California next July.
ACM SIGGRAPH is the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.