Twice a year, a select group of visualization industry partners(VIPs) gather and meet with faculty and students to discuss current needs and trends. Organized and led by Department Head, Tim McLaughlin, this group of visualization professionals review current course content , talk with faculty about student skill sets, and discuss the challenges graduates face when entering visualization careers.
The fall-2011-VIP meeting concluded with an early morning tailgating experience shortly before the Aggies took the field to play the Baylor Bears. The food that morning was donated and prepared under the direction of Kyle Clark of Rusted Truck Ranch. Not only is Kyle a master-smoker, he happens to be a former student and the COO of ReelFX (a VFX studio based in Dallas).
For more information about this recent VIP visit, check out the article, Visualization students meet with professionals from the October 15th issue of The Eagle.