14 Professionals from our Game Studies Advisory Board Meet on Campus with Students [Photos]

Each of Full Sail’s academic disciplines are supported by an Advisory Board made up of professionals from throughout that given industry. These groups of creative artists and business leaders meet regularly on our campus throughout the year to offer their insight into current and future trends with our educators. This October we were happy to host the 14 members of the Game Studies Program Advisory Board, who also took the time to take part in a two-day meet and greet with students on our Film backlot.

Advisory Board member Jameson Durall (center, right)

Advisory Board member Jameson Durall (center, right)

 

The event was open to all current students, and provided a casual setting to speak with professionals from such companies as Rockstar Games, High Moon Studios, Volition, Electronic Arts, and more. A number of the group are also graduates of our gaming programs, and the full lineup included:

  • Kerry Allen (software engineer, EA Tiburon; Game Development, 2006)
  • Collin Chandler (junior programmer, Gameloft; Game Development, 2009)
  • Dr. Doug Dankel (CISE Professor , University of Florida)
  • Jameson Durall (designer, Volition; Game Development, 2001)
  • Bryant Freitag (chief technical officer, SecretNewCo)
  • Tom Graham (brand business manager, Hit Point Studios; Game Design, 2010)
  • Troy Humphreys (senior AI programmer, Red 5 Studios; Game Development, 2002)
  • Chris Keeling (director of product vision, WarGaming.net)
  • Michael Masterson (software engineer, Electronic Arts; Game Development, 2008)
  • Shaun McCabe (production director; Insomniac; Game Development, 2001)
  • Rusty Sempsrott (studio design architect; Volition; Game Development, 2006)
  • Keith Staines (senior programmer, High Moon Studios; Game Development, 2003)
  • Gordon Walton (consultant, Stealth Startup)

Rob Coble, our industry outreach adviser for Game Studies, spoke afterwards about the unique opportunity this event provided. As he explained, “Many of these professionals have sat in the same chair that current students now sit in. They were able to discuss what they did in order to make their own dreams live. They offered advice and connections – and one day you may even be working with them side by side. There is nothing I admire more than seeing them come back and helping out the next generation of Full Sail game rock stars.”

Advisory Board member Kerry Allen (center)

Advisory Board member Kerry Allen (center)

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