Purdue Interaction Design MFA Program
Associated Faculty

Petronio Bendito

Associate Professor, Ph.D.,Visual Communications Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-49920
Email: pbendito at purdue dot edu

Petronio Bendito has taught and practiced graphic and interactive multimedia design since 1996. He works in a variety of media (mixed media, sculpture, and digital art) and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Bendito's major research interests are in the areas of interactive multimedia design, computer-based color design education, web-enhanced instruction, and distance learning. He publishes and presents research at conferences both nationally and internationally. Among his recognitions is the 'Braden & Beuchamp Visual Literacy Award 2002,' for his contribution to the theoretical work of the International Visual Literacy Association.

 

Victor Yingjie Chen

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Department of Computer Graphics Technology
Office Phone: (765) 49-41454
Email: chen489 at purdue dot edu

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in the areas of human-computer interaction, information visualization, and visual analytics from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada.  He earned Bachelor degree of Engineering from the Tsinghua University (China), and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from SFU.

Dr. Chen have been working in multi-disciplinary domains for two decades, starting from an engineer, a 3D illustrator and animator, then a web designer and Internet system developer, finally an academic researcher and educator. In early 90s He pioneered in China to bring 3D modeling, rendering and animation into architecture design. Dr. Chen started to develop Internet-based applications in Canada since 2000, ranging from website design, mobile phone SMS platforms, information management systems, Flash online games, E-commerce, to social network applications, collaborated with professionals in different domains and communicated with different kinds of clients.

His research covers interdisciplinary domains of Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, Digital Media, and Human Computer Interaction. He seeks to design, model, and construct new forms of interaction in visualization and system design, by which the system can minimize its influence on design and analysis, and become a true free extension of human’s brain and hand.

Dr. Chen conducts basic and applied research with an emphasis on implementation. He believes that high quality prototype implementations of designed mechanisms are essential to future theoretical progress in the field and to its application outside of academia. Certainly evaluation is equally important as the implementation. His research mixes theory, analysis, design, implementation, and review. The methodology executes iterative loops of problem awareness, suggestion, development, and evaluation.

 

Shannon McMullen

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Electronic and Time-based Arts & American Studies
Office Phone: (765) 49-43973
Email: smcmullen at purdue dot edu

Shannon McMullen is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. Her dissertation entitled Post-Industrial Nature and Culture in the Ruhr District, Germany, 1989-1999 considers an extreme example of how a rust belt region came back to vitality when its political and cultural elites jointly invented a new kind of visual culture based on the material and "natural" legacy of more than a century of coal mining and steel production.

Based on her fieldwork experience in the Ruhr District of Germany and dissertation writing, Shannon has also developed an interest in art practice that engages and shapes the experience of urban spaces. She draws on her training in sociology and is influenced by interactive art and landscape architecture. Her artworks have been featured in exhibitions in Canada, Germany, South Korea and the USA.

Her current research interests include intersections of nature, art and technology, site-specific electronic and time-based art, visualizations of social phenomena and culture-led urban regeneration.

 

Fabian Winkler

Associate Professor, Electronic and Time-based Arts
Office Phone: (765) 49-40160
Email: fwinkler at purdue dot edu

Fabian Winkler is an artist working at the intersections of the moving image, sound, spatial structures and robotics. He explores the aesthetic potential and the cultural implications of seemingly well-known artifacts through the use of new technologies. Conceptually, his works are often influenced by archeological research into the history of technology and observations of social processes. 

Winkler holds degrees from State College of Design (HfG)/ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany and UCLA, Department of Design|Media Arts, Los Angeles, USA. Prior to founding the area of Electronic and Time-Based Art at Purdue in 2006, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Fabian Winkler’s works have been shown internationally, including SIGGRAPH 2010, Los Angeles; CHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) Atlanta; Luminale 2010, Frankfurt, Germany; Ars Electronica 2009, Linz, Austria; Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea; ISEA 2006/ZeroOne San Jose; Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Videonale 10, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; the 7th and 6th Japanese Media Arts Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Banff New Media Institute, Banff Centre, Canada; FILE2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil and lothringer13 gallery, Munich, Germany. Articles and reviews about his work have appeared in the L.A. Times, Kunstforum International, Süddeutsche Zeitung, N. Katherine Hayles’ book Writing Machines and Dominique Moulon’s forthcoming book Art Contemporain et Nouveaux Médias (collection Sentier d’Art).

 

Li Zhang

Professor, Visual Communications Design
Office Phone: (765) 49-43072
Email: lzhang3 at purdue dot edu

Li Zhang is a Professor of Art and Design at Purdue University where she also is the Representative of Visual Communications Design. Her specialization is poster design. More than two hundred of Professor Zhang's designs have been recognized in over one hundred exhibitions and publications in twenty-five countries, including Graphis, the International Journal of Visual Communication, Print, How, and the most competitive international design biennials in Poland, Mexico, Russia, and Czech Republic. More than fifty of her posters are in permanent collections of the Library of Congress in the USA, Zürich Museum of Design in Switzerland, Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom, Ogaki Poster Museum in Japan, and Lahti Poster Museum in Finland. Professor Zhang is a co-author of the book Social Poster Design: Visual Connections Between East and West. Professor Zhang has also received many national and international design awards, including First Prize of Domtar Creative Awards, Gold Medal of Creativity, Silver Award of In-Print, Second Prize of Computer Space, American Graphic Design Award, Design One Award, and the Top One Selection in the USA in the 16th Annual World's Most Memorable Poster Competition.

 

Tim McGraw

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Computer Graphics Technology

Email: tmcgraw at purdue dot edu

Tim McGraw is an assistant professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. He has previously worked in the game industry as a software engineer (Schell Games, Electronic Arts, Rainbow Studios), and in medical imaging and visualization research (Siemens Corporate Research). His research interests are in scientific visualization, image processing and interactive computer graphics.

 

Esteban Garcia

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Computer Graphics Technology

Email: garcia0 at purdue dot edu

Esteban García Bravo is an artist-researcher who investigates computer art histories while focusing on a digital studio practice. He earned his MFA from Purdue University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics Technology, also from Purdue, in 2013. His research has been featured in the annual meetings of international organizations such as SIGGRAPH (2011), ISEA (2012, 2013), Re:New MAH (2013) as well as in the publication Leonardo Journal of Art, Sciences and Technology. García has participated in artist-residency programs including Estímulos (Colombia/Venezuela, 2004), Lugar a Dudas (Colombia, 2007), and 8550 Ohio (USA, 2013). His hybrid art practice has allowed him to participate in curated art shows and workshops across the globe including Kilómetro-0 Urbano (Bolivia, 2005), the Live Performers Meeting in (Italy, 2011), and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (Colombia, 2013). Esteban is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, where he teaches digital imaging foundations and computer graphics programming. Esteban is currently developing new curriculum on computational art,  including programming interactivity and a multimedial interfaces studio.