Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

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