Greg Lima (class of 1999)
BA – Computer and Video Imaging
I am Executive Vice President of Gaming at Global VR’s east coast division where I invent and execute the creation of games of various casino game manufacturers. Not long ago, I patented a video poker game that was purchased by a major player in the casino industry.
One of the more rewarding parts of my job is the chance to be creative within such an exciting and fast-paced environment. I think the best lesson Cogswell taught me was to complete tasks with a production schedule in mind. It does not help in a commercial art setting to create innovative and imaginative pieces if they cannot be delivered. It is not profitable to create work without considering the time the project will take before you begin.
The interaction with faculty members at Cogswell was an important part of my experience. Thanks to the small class sizes, you get to know them pretty well. Some of them I still consider friends today.
I knew I wanted to be part of the video game industry since the time I received an Amiga computer in 1988. It was this computer that was responsible for a lot of the breakthrough CGI at the time. When I learned all that it could do, I was hooked on the Caligari-Ray and watching television commercials that used CGI.
Anyone entering this field needs to understand that formalized training is only 25 to 50% of the total package. One needs to be prepared to take what they learn day-to-day and apply the new skills every chance they get. This field demands total commitment.
-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement