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"Ohio State University Receives $6 Million Software Grant from Alias|Wavefront"
1999-08-13 until 0000-00-00
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA United States of America

Alias|Wavefront, a Silicon Graphics Inc. company, has awarded a computer animation software grant, valued at more than $6 million, to the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. The award provides a significant number of licenses for the industry‚s leading 3D computer animation and design software.

Ohio State, the academic leader in computer animation and design programs, will use the software for inter-disciplinary teaching and research at ACCAD, according to Judith Smith Koroscik, dean of Ohio States College of the Arts. Ohio State has built a superior teaching and research program in computer animation and design, and this generous award will help us maintain our international stature, says Dean Koroscik. Our students will use the most advanced technology, and our state-of-the-art research will forge continual innovations for Alias|Wavefront and other industry leaders. This award creates a research partnership that is truly an investment in innovation by the College of the Arts at Ohio State and private industry.

With the award, Alias|Wavefront will provide Maya ® and Studio software licenses for 110 computer stations at ACCAD and the Department of Industrial, Interior & Visual Communication Design. Says Maria Palazzi, new associate director of ACCAD and assistant professor of industrial design, Maya ® is professional level software being utilized by some of the most prestigious studios in the design and entertainment industry. It provides sophisticated tools for character animation, simulated cloth and dynamics, 3D paint capabilities, spectacular rendering, and a programming language that allows users to create their own tools to be used within the software.

When announcing this award at SIGGRAPH (the computer animation industry‚s annual conference of computer graphics and interactive effects) today, Alias|Wavefront‚s Tracey Hawken, manager of global education and training, said, We believe the hallmark of a successful industry-education partnership is a win-win-win scenario when the students, the educational institution and industry employers all benefit. Ohio State University is ensuring that both the entertainment and design industries will be well supplied with talented, skilled and professional graduates. We are pleased to include Ohio State in our Academic Provider Program.

With ACCAD, Ohio State provides an interdisciplinary environment for sophisticated research and graduate-level instruction in computer graphics and the arts, and is one of the only programs of its kind in America. Graduates of Ohio State who have studied at ACCAD have significant influence in the area of special effects in the billion-dollar film industry. Every major production facility in the business has the college‚s former students involved in current projects.

Wayne Carlson, director of ACCAD, says that education and research opportunities at Ohio State will be enhanced by the acquisition of the new software. Maya ® offers the most powerful and complete, integrated solution for digital artists and animators on the market today, he explains. Partnership with Alias|Wavefront allows us to enrich our academic programs and to directly integrate our research with production software.

About The College of the Arts at The Ohio State University Ohio States College of the Arts includes the School of Music and the departments of Art, History of Art, Art Education, Theatre, Dance, and Design, along with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). More than 1,500 undergraduate students and more than 500 graduate students currently are seeking bachelors‚ masters‚ and doctoral degrees through the college. The college is widely known for its academic programs, innovative partnerships, and sophisticated research. It also seeks to expand the influence of the arts by offering a wide range of performances and public programs in the community.

For more information about The College of the Arts at The Ohio State University, and ACCAD, contact Pattie Charles at: 614-292-8835.

About Alias|Wavefront

Alias|Wavefront provides artists with open workflow solutions for creative advantage. As the worlds leading innovator of 2D and 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets.

Alias|Wavefronts film and video customers include Blue Sky, Cinesite, CNN, Digital Anvil, Digital Domain, Dream Quest Images, Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, Pixar, Santa Barbara Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Feature Animation. Games/Interactive customers include CAPCOM, Electronic Arts, Iguana Entertainment, Interplay, Kronos Digital Entertainment, NAMCO, Naughty Dog, Nintendo, Rare, SEGA, 989 Studios, Square, Virtual Worlds Entertainment and Williams/Bally Midway.

Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of Silicon Graphics Inc. with headquarters in Toronto and technical centers in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias|Wavefront web site at www.aliaswavefront.sgi.com or call 1-800-447-2542 or 1-978-466-7623 (outside North America) for additional product information or the location of an authorized Alias|Wavefront dealer. For information about Alias|Wavefront, contact Tracey Hawken at Alias|Wavefront Inc, 416-362-9181, ext. 8265. Alias is a registered trademark, and Alias|Wavefront and the Alias|Wavefront logo are trademarks of Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Silicon Graphics and IRIX are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Maya and the Maya logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Alias|Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140. PR Contact: Kelly Dove, The Dove Group, 254-675-2634. Email k3ddove@aol.com. >

Ohio State, the academic leader in computer animation and design programs, will use the software for inter-disciplinary teaching and research at ACCAD, according to Judith Smith Koroscik, dean of Ohio States College of the Arts. Ohio State has built a superior teaching and research program in computer animation and design, and this generous award will help us maintain our international stature, says Dean Koroscik. Our students will use the most advanced technology, and our state-of-the-art research will forge continual innovations for Alias|Wavefront and other industry leaders. This award creates a research partnership that is truly an investment in innovation by the College of the Arts at Ohio State and private industry.

With the award, Alias|Wavefront will provide Maya ® and Studio software licenses for 110 computer stations at ACCAD and the Department of Industrial, Interior & Visual Communication Design. Says Maria Palazzi, new associate director of ACCAD and assistant professor of industrial design, Maya ® is professional level software being utilized by some of the most prestigious studios in the design and entertainment industry. It provides sophisticated tools for character animation, simulated cloth and dynamics, 3D paint capabilities, spectacular rendering, and a programming language that allows users to create their own tools to be used within the software.

When announcing this award at SIGGRAPH (the computer animation industry‚s annual conference of computer graphics and interactive effects) today, Alias|Wavefront‚s Tracey Hawken, manager of global education and training, said, We believe the hallmark of a successful industry-education partnership is a win-win-win scenario when the students, the educational institution and industry employers all benefit. Ohio State University is ensuring that both the entertainment and design industries will be well supplied with talented, skilled and professional graduates. We are pleased to include Ohio State in our Academic Provider Program.

With ACCAD, Ohio State provides an interdisciplinary environment for sophisticated research and graduate-level instruction in computer graphics and the arts, and is one of the only programs of its kind in America. Graduates of Ohio State who have studied at ACCAD have significant influence in the area of special effects in the billion-dollar film industry. Every major production facility in the business has the college‚s former students involved in current projects.

Wayne Carlson, director of ACCAD, says that education and research opportunities at Ohio State will be enhanced by the acquisition of the new software. Maya ® offers the most powerful and complete, integrated solution for digital artists and animators on the market today, he explains. Partnership with Alias|Wavefront allows us to enrich our academic programs and to directly integrate our research with production software.

About The College of the Arts at The Ohio State University Ohio States College of the Arts includes the School of Music and the departments of Art, History of Art, Art Education, Theatre, Dance, and Design, along with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). More than 1,500 undergraduate students and more than 500 graduate students currently are seeking bachelors‚ masters‚ and doctoral degrees through the college. The college is widely known for its academic programs, innovative partnerships, and sophisticated research. It also seeks to expand the influence of the arts by offering a wide range of performances and public programs in the community.

For more information about The College of the Arts at The Ohio State University, and ACCAD, contact Pattie Charles at: 614-292-8835.

About Alias|Wavefront

Alias|Wavefront provides artists with open workflow solutions for creative advantage. As the worlds leading innovator of 2D and 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets.

Alias|Wavefronts film and video customers include Blue Sky, Cinesite, CNN, Digital Anvil, Digital Domain, Dream Quest Images, Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, Pixar, Santa Barbara Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Feature Animation. Games/Interactive customers include CAPCOM, Electronic Arts, Iguana Entertainment, Interplay, Kronos Digital Entertainment, NAMCO, Naughty Dog, Nintendo, Rare, SEGA, 989 Studios, Square, Virtual Worlds Entertainment and Williams/Bally Midway.

Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of Silicon Graphics Inc. with headquarters in Toronto and technical centers in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias|Wavefront web site at www.aliaswavefront.sgi.com or call 1-800-447-2542 or 1-978-466-7623 (outside North America) for additional product information or the location of an authorized Alias|Wavefront dealer. For information about Alias|Wavefront, contact Tracey Hawken at Alias|Wavefront Inc, 416-362-9181, ext. 8265. Alias is a registered trademark, and Alias|Wavefront and the Alias|Wavefront logo are trademarks of Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Silicon Graphics and IRIX are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Maya and the Maya logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Alias|Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140. PR Contact: Kelly Dove, The Dove Group, 254-675-2634. Email k3ddove@aol.com.


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