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NJIT Art + Design Students Participate at SIGGRAPH 2015

This image by Alhayek Aleyman is a screen shot from an animated story about the dangers of texting and over-absorption in social media and not paying attention to the physical world surrounding you. The project was created in the fourth year digital design studio taught by Andrzej Zarzycki.

Samples of student work produced in NJIT’s School of Art + Design were exhibited for the fourth consecutive year at the curated Student Work Exhibit at SIGGRAPH, the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. This year, the event was held in Los Angeles Aug. 9-13 and NJIT was one of 16 schools included in the international exhibit that also had work from Iowa State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), University of Pennsylvania and more.

The range of NJIT work exhibited included examples of fine art reproduction and analysis, physical computing, interior design of a culinary school, interactive 3-D-printed apparel design, foldable furniture, set design and animated public service announcements. All disciplines in the School of Art + Design were represented by 45 different students. Foundation year work was created by Tess Albyn, Everett Aldrich, Rebecca Cortes, Manuel Diaz, Albeirys Francisco-Parra, Qiushi Jin, Stephanie Jen, Arianna Milla, Monica Nelson and Nathaniel Soto. Industrial design work exhibited was produced by Troy Benjamin, Lisa Burlew and Qiushi Jin. Interior design student works selected were from Marina Attalla, Amy Cahill, Kevin Chen, Katarzyna Cyrulik, Alyssa Diaz, Aya Hafez, Pamela Jablonski, Viktoryia Kiruschanka, Sean Liao, Stephanie Marczak, Angelica McKenzie, Maria Romo, Stephanie Peralta and Alma Villalba. Digital design projects were created by Alyaman M. Alhayek, Marta Brulinski, William Busarello, Brian Coleman, Lee Coward, Amanda Cronce, Amos Dudley, Adriana Eteson, Sharon Feng, Kimberly Hastings, Miles Johnson, David Kong II, Ed Lopez Jr. and Nathaniel Soto. Collaborative projects created in a studio taught by Adjunct Angus Eade were produced by the team of Amy Cahill, Brian Gunning and Chris Inserra; and another by a team consisting of Richard Casaletto, Joshua Sanders and Alan Valente.

This is the second time work created by Benjamin, Cahill, Chen, Cyrulik, Diaz, Dudley, Hastings, Jablonski, McKenzie, Marczak, Romo and Soto were displayed at SIGGRAPH. Digital design student Brian Gunning had work exhibited for the third time. NJIT was the only school to exhibit work selected from both interior and industrial design programs.

In addition to Eade, faculty members who had student work selected for exhibit were José Alcala, Jobe Bobee, David Brothers, Glenn Goldman, Taro Narahara, Christopher Parrish, Ana Peñalba, Wilfredo Rodriguez, Kathleen Sowle, Augustus Wendell and Andrzej Zarzycki.

Current work submitted by Assistant Professor Taro Narahara, along with graduate student Kevin Abbruzzese and Associate Professor Richard Foulds of NCE’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, was presented as part of the studio program at SIGGRAPH 2015. The talk, “Haptic Collaboration: Biomedical Engineering Meets Digital Design” presented a user-controlled haptic manipulator that allows individuals with neurological impairment to be therapeutically assisted while interacting with virtual objects in a 3-D animated environment.