Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

3D Displays through QR Codes

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Image credit goes to and The Optical Society A "lenslet" sheet is placed over a smartphone screen to show a 3D image

A team of engineers led by Bahram Javidi (Professor of Electrical Engineering) from the University of Connecticut have found a way to display 3D images by simply scanning a series of QR codes, without needing use of the internet. This is possible due to the storing of compressed and encrypted images, which can be easily scanned, decrypted, and decompressed by commercial smartphones for secure 3D visual communication. This process is done by selecting the primary image to be visualized. This could be either a single 3D object, or an entire 3D scene. The 3D image is then broken down by taking multiple 2D images of it from multiple perspectives called elemental images. Each elemental image is taken from one portion of a precisely oriented array of tiny lenses called lenslets. The lenslet then captures the scene from many slightly offset perspectives. The elemental images are then split into two essential parts: the unique perspective of the 3D scene and the corresponding intensity information. This system is still in the concept stage and not yet available for commercial use however, the researchers believe that their system can be improved to produce higher quality 3D visual images and a more secure integration with smartphone technology.

Peter Gazallo
Digital Art & Animation Student

Cogswell Kicks Off 2nd Annual After School Program with San Jose’s Independence High School

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Sunnyvale, CA, November 10, 2014 – Cogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique, project-based curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has just commenced its 2nd Annual “After School” program with 48 students currently enrolled.

Cogswell College designed this program in conjunction Mr. Jack Aiello a senior instructor with San Jose’s Independence High School. The After School program represents a shared endeavor between Cogswell College and Independence High School, and is made possible for the high school through a five year grant from Goodwill to Independence High and Cogswell’s support of providing free instructions and usage of their studios and equipment.

The Cogswell After School program will run for eight weeks, and offers courses in the areas of Digital Audio, Digital Animation and Game Design. This unique program engages students in a project-based learning environment led by Cogswell faculty, and features classes modeled on a redesigned Cogswell curriculum – one that is specifically suited to meet the needs of high school students.

Abraham Chacko, Cogswell’s VP of Admissions & Marketing, and facilitator for the After School program, said, “The teenagers who attend Independence High School are from the Silicon Valley, so when they realize that we are offering custom designed classes to them in digital animation, game design and digital audio, their ears really perk up! They know that future jobs within companies like Disney and Pixar might be within reach, if they have the knowledge and exposure to these digital art forms early in life.”

“We are delighted to be in the second year of this program. Last year, the response to this wonderful program was terrific. We had 50 students participate in 2013,” Grettel Castro-Stanley, Independent High School’s Principal said. “Those students reported back to us that they learned a lot, were inspired and encouraged, and had a great deal of fun in the process.”

Independence High School’s Jack Aiello is a “Project Lead The Way” – trained instructor who teaches Introduction to Engineering Design at Independence High. He is also a coordinator of that school’s pre-engineering program, Space Technology Engineering Academy Magnet (STEAM). He serves as the faculty facilitator for the Cogswell After School program in tandem with Chacko.

“Running an after school class with 20 students at Cogswell, working in a project-based environment, is far more advantageous than the more traditional teaching model that involves lectures or video presentations at the front of a classroom of 35 or more students,” says Aiello. “The hands-on computer and audio equipment, programming tools and industry-experienced instructors that Cogswell offers us are a tremendously valuable resource. The partnership with Cogswell allows our students an exciting peek into the ‘behind-the-scenes’ world of the digital creative arts, and gives them a leg up into the super competitive, post graduate world of securing creative jobs in the digital space.”


Located in San Jose, CA, Independence High School is one of the largest high schools in Northern California. With a student body of approximately 3200 for the 2014-2015 year, Independence is also part of the East Side Union High School District. The high school is one of about 400 State of California school participants in the California Partnership Academies (CPA) program. The program stresses rigorous academics and career technical education, with a career focus. Schools involved with the CPA program boast the highest graduation rates (95%) in the state, attributing this to their focus on pre-engineering and technical education programs and smaller learning communities.

For more information on Independence High School, please see:


Designed as a “fiercely collaborative, living laboratory,” Cogswell College is located in the heart of the legendary Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California. The school is a WASC accredited, four-year institution of higher education with a specialized curriculum that fuses digital arts, audio technology, game design, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Numerous alumni of Cogswell College have secured prominent positions within the entertainment, videogame, technology, computer, animation, and motion graphics industries throughout California and beyond. Several of these alumni have established careers with such high profile companies as Activision, DreamWorks Animation, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar, and Microsoft Game Studio. Many other alumni have launched their own creative ventures.

Recent Cogswell alumni were members of the Academy Award-winning production teams which worked on the blockbuster films “Frozen” and “Life of Pi.” Some of the other well-known consumer projects to which Cogswell alumni have contributed include the feature films “The Boxtrolls” and “The Avengers,” and the popular videogames “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Halo 4” and “Battlefield Hardline.”

Additionally, animated short films conceived and produced by Cogswell students have gone on to win prestigious awards, including those presented by the California International Animation Festival, the Colorado Film Festival, the Oregon Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival, the San Jose Short Film Festival, and Canada’s International Film Festival.

Cogswell College is located at 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, California, 94089. For more information, please call 1-800-264-7955 or visit:

Contact for Cogswell College:
Rachael Sass
Creative Services Manager
Sunnyvale, CA

Media Contact for Cogswell College:
Dan Harary
The Asbury PR Agency
Beverly Hills, CA

Behind the Scenes of some Tron Effects

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Bradley "GMUNK" Munkowitz

Hey you guys!

I was looking through some articles about movie effects and came across a really cool one on a guy that did some effects for Tron Legacy. You really need to read it! He is pretty much describing the essence of mixing Art and Engineering!


Carbon Fiber Stormtroopers!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Carbon Fiber Stormtrooper

Here at Cogswell, it’s hard to go through a day without someone mentioning Star Wars. That said, any chance a student gets around here, they will try to dress up like a stormtrooper in some way. So, naturally when we saw that some guys in San Diego had fused art and engineering to make really cool carbon fiber stormtroopers costumes, we of course had to share! Congratulations to these guys for being the coolest engineers this Halloween!

Check out more photos here!


Cogswell hosting an Open House, December 11!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

It’s that time again!  Cogswell College is having an Open House on December 11, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  If you are looking to have a career in the digital arts, engineering, or entrepreneurship, come check out what Cogswell has to offer firsthand.  Admissions Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you have and to help you out with the admissions process.  Tours will be provided for those who haven’t visited the campus before, as well as workshops about our different programs:  Digital Art and AnimationDigital Audio Technology, Digital Arts EngineeringSoftware Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation (which had its own exclusive Entrepreneurs Workshop in November in conjunction with the Entrepreneurship Launch Competition.)

Also, do you listen to Pandora?  Yes? If so, have you seen or heard us?  Here’s a screen shot provided from a Cogswell student who happened to be listening:

Keep your eyes and ears open the next time you’re listening to your custom station!


Andrew Hill High School Students Visit Cogswell College

Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Robotic Demonstration

Robotic Demonstration

On October 24, 2009 a group of mostly junior and seniors from Andrew Hill High School were given a unique look at several facets of Cogswell’s engineering program. Twenty-nine students studying Design Tech, Physics and AP/IB Biology found out what it takes to:

- Design robots whose purpose is to perform a specific task,
- Create a prototype solar panel destined to be a portable power source,
- Become a Boeing Company vendor and complete projects for them and
- Use game engine technologies to enter the serious game industry.

During the different sessions students were encouraged to ask the questions – lunch might hinge on their participation. In addition students had the chance to control the robots, explore the programming devices, touch the solar panels and watch the electric meter register current when the group followed the inventors outside to put the device through its paces.

Portable solar panel demonstration

Portable solar panel demonstration

Dr. Hadi Aggoune welcomed the future entrepreneurs and scientists by explaining what career paths a student might expect to follow by completing one of our engineering degree programs. Computer Engineering leads to control systems and instrumentation, embedded systems and robotics or networks and communication. Software engineering focuses on software development, simulation and animation, graphics and shaders or game programmers. Digital Arts Engineers become game designers or technical artists and technical directors.

The robots rolled out next prepared to respond to the programs their Cogswell masters had developed for them. Whether they were fetching, chasing light or avoiding obstacles through sound or touch Cogswell students had to create the set of instructions and produce the microprocessor that would drive the device.

The solar panel demonstration began as the senior project of Dean Sala as he was pursuing his second degree at Cogswell. “The school is really flexible about working with you on your senior project,” said Sala. “I had this idea for making a solar device that you can carry around and can charge computers, phones and other small devices. It was exciting to bring together what I learned in school and turn it into something that works.”

A piece of the PV cell was passed around so students could see how thin the material really is. Dean explained how the cells are treated so they can be linked together and the process for hooking them up to a battery to produce electricity.

After lunch Dr. Aggoune showed a video that Cogswell students contributed to as one of the projects they are under contract to the Boeing Company to develop. The scenarios are produced by the Engineering Simulation and Animation Laboratory (ESAL) at Cogswell Polytechnical College and the lab in Kirkland, WA. Each of the different scenarios the Lab has work on highlights future technologies being developed by the Boeing Company.

Finally students listened to a panel discussion about the burgeoning Serious Game Industry. By definition these games focus on a purpose other than pure entertainment. Industries like defense, education, scientific exploration, health care, emergency management, city planning, engineering, religion and politics are the primary markets for these games.

“The goal is to help students understand the depth of the choices available to them as they select a career path,” said Dr. Aggoune “and how the emerging technologies are constantly creating new and exciting opportunities.”

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Engineering Degree Overview

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Engineers address the needs and problems of society with a blend of science, technology, and art. The Engineering programs at Cogswell Polytechnical College are part of an educational system that promotes true “integration” among curricula, teaching and learning approaches, and faculty. Integration is at both the vertical level among the engineering programs and at the horizontal level among the engineering and digital art programs.


  • Get hands-on experience working with faculty in small groups
  • Benefit from an educational environment that focus on learning, blends theory and practice, and integrates engineering and digital art
  • Graduate and become successful alumni pursuing rewarding careers

Innovation is key in the industries for which we prepare our students. Students can pursue any of the following programs:

~ Hadi Aggoune, Director of the Engineering Program

Dr. Hadi Aggoune on Technical Committee for Cloud Computing Conference

Friday, September 4th, 2009
Dr. Hadi Aggoune, left, works with a student in Cogswell's engineering lab.

Dr. Hadi Aggoune, left, works with a student in Cogswell's engineering lab.

Dr. Hadi Aggoune, Chair of the Roy A. Anderson Professor of Engineering and Director of Engineering Programs at Cogswell Polytechnical College, is serving on the Technical Committee for the 2010 Cloud Computing Academic Conference. The conference is scheduled to take place in Singapore at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel May 3 and 4.

Cloud Computing and Virtualization is an annual conference which brings together International experts to share new methods, theories on the complete advantage of the benefits of key areas of Cloud Computing, Security, Infrastructure, Hurdles, Enterprise, advanced benefits of Virtualization, High availability, Disaster recovery, Policy-based management, IT optimization and the move beyond servers and out to desktops and applications.

Dr. Aggoune’s work on the Technical Committee will focus on reviewing the papers submitted by various researchers, academics, and practitioners for presentation at the Conference.

Scripting for CG Added to Fall 2009 Schedule

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Learn how to use Python, which you can run on its own or control programs like Maya and Blender. Automate tasks you already know how to do and create tools that can help you save time and effort on your projects.  This is a class for artists, engineers, musicians, and others who understand the need for scripting, but don’t intend to work as programmers, or even for people who don’t understand the need for programming, but want to simplify their work flow.

Kevin Park has worked with Cogswell students and faculty this summer to design a class that is useful and enjoyable.

Sign up now: SWE105 TR 10:15 – 12:30 pm

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College