Posts Tagged ‘Faculty’

Cogswell Holiday Break

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Happy Holidays from Cogswell!  We wish everyone a safe and delightful holiday season, whichever holiday you are celebrating, be it Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas!

Take note, the campus will be closed from Friday, December 24 until Sunday, January 2, 2011.

-Rachel

Cogswell Fire Science Faculty Killed in Tragic Accident

Friday, April 16th, 2010

JamesFlaniganJames (Jim) Flanigan (61) passed away on April 1, 2010, from injuries he received in a car accident. Jim was a DDP instructor since 2006 and taught both Application of Fire Research and Fire Investigation & Analysis for the College.

A native of New York, Jim graduated from Queens College (B.A.) in 1971. After graduation Jim enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and completed officer candidate school reaching the rank of Lieutenant J.G. in 1973. Jim was employed as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for 29 years, retiring as a Senior Special Agent and Certified Fire Investigator in 2006. During his ATF career, Jim was a member of the ATF National Response Team, the ATF International Response Team, the Alameda County Arson Task Force, the San Francisco Arson Task Force, the California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI) and International Assn. of Arson Investigators (IAAI). After retirement, Jim worked as a fire investigator for Fire, Cause & Analysis in Berkeley, CA.

Jim is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon and his son Patrick. A funeral mass celebrating Jim’s life was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at St. Monica’s Church, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, www.firehero.org or American Brain Tumor Assn., www.abta.org.

Cogswell Faculty Spotlight – Reid Winfrey, Digital Art & Animation

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

ReidWinfreyReid Winfrey

Reid Winfrey, Associate Professor, is the Director of Digital Art and Animation at Cogswell. A graduate of the University of California at Davis and San Jose State University, he holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking and Pictoral Arts. He has presented at conferences and museums on topics ranging from printmaking and curating fine art to creativity and the digital revolution in art. His work as a painter is in hundreds of private collections and has been exhibited throughout the United States and in England and Japan. He is represented in public and corporate collections including Kodak, Union Bank of California, The San Jose Symphony, Dupont, and Southern Illinois University. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, has been the subject of numerous art reviews.

Professor Winfrey was the Producer of 10,000 Kites, a short, animated film written by Iain McCaig and created at Cogswell for use as a fundraising tool for a joint Israeli/Palestinian art project. He is also a Line Producer for The Offering, an animated film created at Cogswell that will premier in Beijing in 2009.

What classes do you currently teach? Do you have a favorite class to teach?

I’m currently teaching Figure Drawing I and Concept Design. I have taught Figure here for many years and it is a favorite of mine; I have written a textbook for the class that is nearly done and usable in its current form. One more chapter and I’ll be shopping it for publication, and meanwhile all of my drawing students have copies that are making the class more understandable to them, I hope. I also enjoy Concept Design, mostly because the level of the students is higher and I can enjoy working with them more as opposed to trying to teach core principles.

Have you worked for non-academic companies in the past? Which ones? How did that experience make you a better teacher?

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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.

Animation Teachers Wanted at Cogswell

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Animation Teacher

Cogswell College is seeking part-time instructors for the upcoming year.

We regularly offer teaching opportunities to our pool of part-time teaching applicants. This is an ideal opportunity for an industry professional to teach students, help develop an excellent digital arts and animation program, and to work collaboratively on cross-discipline projects.

Traditional Animators

Storyboard Artists

Traditional and/or Digital Illustrators

Should have a broad knowledge of art and design, and must exhibit excellent skills in realism, emphasizing gesture, form, and structure. Cogswell offers several courses in these areas each semester. (more…)

Longtime Cogswell Contributer Max Sims Moves On

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Max Sims, who joined Cogswell as an adjunct 3D Modeling instructor in 2000 and served most recently as Director of Corporate Relations, has moved on to attend graduate school and pursue design projects and speaking engagements. Max taught several classes and arranged many industry events over the years, most recently a campus visit from Rhythm and Hues Studios.

Max’s tall tales and terrible puns will also be missed.

-Michael Martin, Dean of the College