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NJIT SIGGRAPH Hosts Digital Design Alumni at the School of Art + Design

Rachel Corres, Dan Palma, and Chris Narine were among the six recent graduates who met with students to talk about career options for those studying Digital Design at the School of Art + Design.

A large crowd was hosted in Elly’s Loft at the College of Architecture and Design for an event sponsored by NJIT SIGGRAPH (the local student chapter of ACM’s Special Interest Group in Graphics and Interactive Techniques) on April 21. Six recent graduates met with students to talk about career options for those studying Digital Design at the School of Art + Design. The returning alumni represented various career options from working in video game design, to graphic design, to graduate study in animation.

The discussants included Breana Mallamaci, an MFA student in animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York; Dan Palma and Kevin Cornelio who are both working in the area of architectural visualization at KWD – Kim Wendell Design LLC in Brooklyn; Chris Narine who is working as a graphic designer and web designer at Miskowski Design LLC in Fort Lee; Stephen Haddock-Weiler who works as an environment artist for SWDTech Games in New York; and Rachel Corres who is working for CSALAS & Co Labs in New York. Corres is currently lead designer for “Self-Starter Bootcamp” that is contracted to provide entrepreneurial training at schools including Columbia and Barnard in New York City. Corres also announced that she is on the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival subcommittee and will be managing the “Daytime Selects” program in Vancouver in August. Palma, in addition to his visualization projects for clients like Grade and Avroko, is working on a new independent video game at KWD. Haddock-Weiler noted the variety of different roles he has in a small indie game company and reflected on how the sometime seemingly disparate courses in Digital Design at NJIT are proving to be useful in his endeavors. All of the alumni urged the students to network and develop industry contacts while still in school.