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Viz grad tells how Disney team used GIS to create 'Zootopia'

posted November 20, 2017
In “Zootopia,” the Oscar-winning animated film where thousands of anthropomorphic animals coexist, Disney artist Brandon Jarratt, a former Texas A&M visualization student, used geographic information system software to craft the movie paradise.

Chillennium '17 breaks Guinness World Record

posted October 19, 2017
Reeling from too much Red Bull and bleary-eyed from sleep depravation, student game designers lumbered out of the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University at the end of Chillennium 2017, a world record-setting, student-led game design competition.

Students to make world record attempt at 48-hour game jam

posted October 11, 2017
Student video game designers will vie for a Guinness World Record as they design games from scratch in just 48 hours at Chillennium 2017, an Oct. 13-15, 2017 event hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Visualization.

Grad vizzers create virtual reality games with ILMxLAB’s help

posted September 18, 2017
Texas A&M graduate visualization students spent the summer creating four virtual reality games from scratch with guidance from industry experts at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, an industry leader in Immersive Entertainment production.

Oct. 23 symposium spotlighted college, faculty research

posted September 14, 2017
The 19th annual College of Architecture Research Symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” showcased research and creative work by college faculty and doctoral students in a daylong series of five minute sessions in the Langford Architecture Center’s Preston Geren Auditorium.

Viz prof tapped to join NAS program advisory board

posted September 13, 2017
André Thomas, a visualization professor, who is leading an effort to establish video games as an educational tool in universities and high schools, has been tapped to join the advisory board of the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Public Engagement Program.

Micro-manufacturing initiative earns NSF Convergence Award

posted September 12, 2017
To investigate the viability of micro-manufacturing in the United States, the National Science Foundation tapped Francis Quek, professor of visualization at Texas A&M, as one of 23 recipients of a $100,000 Convergence Award.

Viz prof honored by Smithsonian for Minimalist Art essay

posted July 10, 2017
An essay spotlighting prominent artist and critic Donald Judd’s use of sculpture and prose to elevate architecture in his hometown, Kansas City, earned its author, Susanneh Bieber, assistant professor of visualization, recognition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Study to illuminate algorithmic results

posted July 5, 2017
Researchers at Texas A&M are working to illuminate the computational reasoning process, why algorithms reach the conclusions they do, as part of a four-year, $1.6 million project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense that explores new technologies.

Viz students vied for top spots in global competition

posted July 3, 2017
Video games and virtual reality environments developed by former Texas A&M visualization students contended for top prizes in the final round of “The Rookies,” a global competition for young designers, creators, innovators and artists.

Students, residents in Houston to combat neighborhood toxins

posted June 22, 2017
Residents of Sunnyside, a Houston area neighborhood beset by water and air pollution and prone to flooding, will collaborate with College of Architecture students to develop plans to improve their community and create a roadmap for future growth.

College to honor outstanding alumni at Oct. 26 ceremony

posted June 21, 2017
Nine former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture, distinguished humanitarians and leaders in their respective fields, will be honored as outstanding alumni at a Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 banquet in College Station.

Teacher 'making’ workshop fosters STEM education

posted June 19, 2017
Local elementary school teachers are stocking up on hardware supplies and brainstorming new lesson plans after learning basic programming, electronics and 3-D printing at a three-day workshop hosted June 12–14 by Texas A&M Department of Visualization faculty.

Cutting edge couture: viz grad creates 3-D fashion

posted June 8, 2017
Futuristic bridal gowns, haute couture costumes and tech-inspired fashion accessories, all made with 3-D printers, have garnered international recognition for Rachel Nhan ’11, who crafts costumes suggestive of avant-garde armor and shows them worldwide.

Vizzer creates, runs eclectic record label

posted June 6, 2017
From emo-punk to Arkansas space rock, unassuming music impresario Jonathan Lee Gonzales, an entrepreneurial Texas A&M visualization major with his own record label, is orchestrating a three-city Texas tour this June to showcase more than half of the 17 unique bands represented by his label, Sunday Drive Records.