Designing your Computer Graphics Career

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 2:30pm
Stewart Hall Room 214ABC

 

David Bozell (CGT ’96), President, CG Visions Inc.
David Bozell has more than 20 years of experience with building information modeling (BIM). As the founder and visionary for CG Visions, Bozell's ability to listen to the needs of builders and motivate his team to push the technical boundaries has positioned the company as an industry leader. Prior to CG Visions, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. He specialized in construction graphic communication with an emphasis on BIM integration into the residential building construction industry.
He earned a master’s degree in industrial technology and a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics technology with a minor in building construction management, both from Purdue University. His publications include topics on e-commerce technologies in the classroom, the use of BIM models in the construction industry to improve visualization and communication, parametric technologies in the A.E.C. industry, and data management using graphical databases. Bozell was recognized as a Distinguished Technology Alumnus in 2009.

Travis Fuerst (CGT ’00), Coaching Solutions Integrator, The Boeing Company
In Travis Fuerst’s 18 years of experience, he has worked in, developed, and led high performance teams. In his current position, he is responsible for fostering customer loyalty by ensuring they fully realize the value of Boeing’s engineering training solutions and services. He does this by building credibility, establishing rapport, and maintaining communication with stakeholders who have specific business requests at multiple levels. A key part of that is gathering, compiling and analyzing customer data to identify product and service gaps to assist in the definition of learning strategies. During Fuerst's tenure at Boeing, he has also served as an engineering workplace coach working with various programs that include 787, 747-8, and KC-46A Tanker. He spearheaded the operational training engagement on the KC-46A Tanker program, which provided seamless integration and resulted in more efficient knowledge transfer across the engineering functions. He has served actively in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1995 and currently holds the rank of major. He was awarded the Early Career Award in 2013 by Purdue University’s College of Technology.

Jeff Hanna (CGT ’95), Senior Technical Artist, Deep Silver Volition
An 18-year veteran of the video game industry, Jeff Hanna has worked for many notable companies including Sony, Electronic Arts and News Corp. Hanna strives to identify new tools and processes that can improve game visuals and benefit artists. He is involved with many game development community sites such as ScriptSpot, Autodesk's Area, and Tech-Artists.org. Hanna is a member of Game Developers Conference advisory board and serves on the curriculum advisory board for the College of Technology at Purdue University. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus of Purdue University's College of Technology in 2012.

Brandon Oelling (CGT ‘98), Senior Account Executive, Appirio Inc.
As a senior account executive, Brandon Oelling is leveraging more than 15 years of distinguished technology and sales leadership experience to play a principal role in developing and positioning innovative solutions in the cloud computing and social collaboration space. Oelling's most recent work at Appirio focuses on helping enterprises accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies such as Salesforce and Google. His technology expertise, combined with a deep understanding of how people adopt these tools, has allowed him to work with many
innovative companies like Herman Miller, Facebook, Google and Twitter as they continue to transform relationships with their customers, partners and workforces.

Karen Waldenmeyer (CGT ’08), Cloud Automation Engineer, GE Corporate Infrastructure Shared Services
Karen Waldenmeyer graduated from Purdue with bachelor's and master's degrees in computer graphics technology. During her time in the department, she served as a teaching assistant for a handful of CGT classes and conducted research on industry projects with Rolls-Royce and Boeing. Her studies focused on product lifecycle management and product data management, specializing in Teamcenter implementation and instruction. After graduation, Waldenmeyer joined GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a member of the global GE IT Leadership Program, where she completed four IT rotations in different areas of the business. In 2012, she joined GE Energy Management as a data integration platform leader. In April of 2013, she began her current role as a cloud automation engineer with GE Corporate’s Infrastructure Shared Services group. In this role, she designs and implements orchestration strategy to manage two large enterprise clouds for multiple GE businesses and automation tools within them.