Hello! I'm Matthew, and I'm currently a Senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA studying to get my BS in Computer Science with a minor in Music Technology. Within the broad range of topics that fall under the umbrella of CS, I've discovered my passion for computer graphics, thanks to classes like Computer Graphics, Technical Animation, Computational Photography, and Computer Game Programming, as well as an info session led by Lucasfilm. I've always considered myself equally artistic as I am technical, so it's my goal to work on the technical side of graphics within the film, TV, or game industries, hopefully as a technical director, tools programmer, or pipeline engineer. I had the great opportunity to work at Disney Research Pittsburgh under Josh Griffin to develop a software interface for an inductive RFID reader for use in a gesture recognition system. (I never thought I'd actually get to work for Disney, much less program for them!) The further I get into my studies at CMU, the more excited I am to see what cool new stuff I can get my hands on and to make my mark on the world.
When I'm not working on my next programming assignment, I'm usually in a rehearsal for either of my two main extracurriculars: The Originals or Scotch'n'Soda Theatre. The Originals are CMU's premiere all-male a cappella group, and you can probably find us performing around campus and the greater Pittsburgh area, touring around the country, or eating at our favorite Asian restaurant (scroll down for a video of us). Scotch'n'Soda is the university's only student-led theatre organization. We produce 6-7 full-length shows every year, including musicals, plays, student-written works, and sketch comedy. I've had the pleasure to hold quite a few positions within the organization: Executive Board Member, stage manager, publicist, and actor. Some of my favorite roles include Man in Chair from The Drowsy Chaperone and Dr. Frank-n-Furter from The Rocky Horror Show (if you're familiar with the show and you're desperately curious, I can show you pictures).