Resume

 

Education

M.F.A in Arts and Technology; The University of Texas at Dallas, 2015 – current

  • Expected Graduation Term is Spring 2018

B.A. in Arts and Technology; The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson Texas, 2015

  • Graduated with Major Honors and Cumm Ladde (Top 15%)
  • GPA 3.7 (Dean’s List 2011-2015)
  • Arts and Technology Program
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Fraternity

High School Diploma  2011; Rockwall High School, Rockwall Texas

  • GPA 97.3 (Top 6%)

Skills

  • Experienced in 3D Character Animation for both Games and Animated Films
  • Experienced in Key-Frame Character Animation in Maya
  • Experienced in team Leadership and Management
  • Experienced in team collaborations with peers and supervisors of multiple disciplines
  • Recognized and experienced in creative problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Knowledgeable in Character Rigging in Maya
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Recognized as a natural leader among peers and adults
  • Recognized outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Experienced and knowledgeable gamer
  • Other software knowledgeable in: Microsoft Office, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, Unity 3D.
  • A strong desire to continue to learn and excel

Work Experience

UTD Arts and Technology Teaching Assistant                                                                                 Richardson, TX

Fall 2016: Game Design Fundamentals

  •  Help manage and guide the class I am assigned to for the current semester.  I am responsible for being available to students for help, grading, submitting grades, and occasionally teaching and lecturing the class.

PolyKnight Games 3D Character Animator 2015-current                                                            Richardson, TX

  • Responsible for creating beautiful life-like animations for the multiple creatures in the games in a timely manner and while working closely with others to ensure the animations style and functionality in the game space.

ATEC Lab Technician Manager 2015 – 2016                                                                                    Richardson, TX

  • Manage a team of technicians to provide help to staff, students, and faculty with all lab technician responsibilities. Responsible for developing employee schedules, tracking and recording of equipment rentals, computer maintenance, installation of hardware and software, troubleshooting and repairing damaged equipment, and provide quick professional resolutions to all presented issues.

ATEC Lab Technician 2012 – 2015                                                                                                     Richardson, TX

  • Responsible for the security and maintenance of all student labs in the ATEC building, while on duty.  Also provide help to anyone in the building, specializing in IT help. Also responsible for the checking in and out of ATEC’s rental equipment and opening/closing the ATEC building.

GameStop Customer Service Game Advisor 2010 – 2011                                                           Rockwall, TX

  • Responsible for keeping up with games available, platforms, ratings and rankings.  Assisting and/or advising customers.  Recognized for top customer ratings, and high sales numbers.

Awards & Achievements

  • University of Texas at Dallas Dean’s List 2011-2015
  • University of Texas at Dallas Arts and Technology Department Major Honors 2015
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, Inducted Fall 2014
  • HAWK Citizenship Foundation Scholarship 2011
  • National Honor Society; 2007-2011
  • LISD & RISD Academic Excellence;  2007-2011
  • Eagle Scout  –  September 2010
  • VASE Award – 2009 & 2010
  • National Society of High School Scholar; Inducted September 2009

Associations & Memberships

  • National Eagle Scout Association 2014-current
  • National Society of Leadership and Success 2014-1015
  • Boys Scouts of America 1998 – 2010
  • National Junior Honor Society 2006 – 2007
  • National Honor Society 2008 – 2011
  • National Art Honor Society 2009 – 2011
  • National Technical Honor Society 2010 – 2011
  • National Society of Leadership and Success 2014-2015

Volunteer & Service Organizations

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 100 Service Hours achieved 2010-2011 school year

 

 

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