Alex Gustafson

I’m working at iRacing.com Motorsports Simulation as a Release Engineer. My education from Champlain College and practical experience on the projects in the very first years of the EMC helped me get there. I’m also teaching game development courses at the Southern New Hampshire University. In 2015 I married my wife, Becky Schmidt with whom…

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Vincent Loignon

I work at Ubisoft on Rainbow 6 Siege. I am a gameplay programmer working on the maintenance of the live game as well as new (and unreleased) content. I am very proud of my work the fast few months on this project. I’ve had an opportunity to learn and experience what its like to collaborate…

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Chris O’Connor

“Currently I am working as a 3D Character Artist on Marvel Heroes for Gazillion Entertainment. My job is to create iconic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Colossus, Hawkeye and many more for use in the companies popular MMO game. I can difinitively say that I would not be doing what I am today if…

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David Ferro

I am a software engineer at KingsIsle Entertainment. I knew since high school that i wanted to get into the video game industry. A major factor in that was going to the GIVIT summer camp. From there I went to Champlain College, and ended up at the EMC. Without the EMC’s and Ann’s help I…

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Bryan Hare

I am a Senior Software Engineer at Sonos, working on the team responsible for setup and configuration. Personally I am most proud to have helped so many other talented friends and connections find work in companies I work at. -Bryan Hare, ’13 Game Programming at Champlain College, Senior Software Engineer at Sonos Check out what other current…

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Kyle Lopes

Working full-time as a software quality engineer. I am proud that I was able to get a job that was completely out of my wheelhouse and still be able to prove to them that I could get the job done. I’ve grown quite a lot and learned that in order to become great at anything…

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Thomas McGillicuddy

When I had my first game class here at Champlain, I was told to make a board game. Unlike all the other people in my class, I took the opportunity to come down to the makerspace down at the EMC and learn how to build a really stellar board. The project got me a great…

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Rich Nadworny

One of the most fun and innovative events I’ve hosted here in Burlington occurred at the Emergent Media Center in February 2012 – The Localvore Socialhack. We started with speakers Richard Ting, Global Chief Experience Officer at RGA, and Liz Gerber, founder of Design for America and professor at Northwestern University. The 72 attendees then…

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Amanda Ledwidge

I haven’t been here very long, but my favorite moment was when I got responses on the toy-inspired idea I had for Space Box. We didn’t go through with the idea, but getting all of the feedback I did from an idea I myself came up with made me feel good. It gave me some…

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Joshua Leavitt

One of my favorite experiences at the EMC was when the video team and myself where able collaborate with the sand box team on the interviews that are needed for their promotional video. The experience was so great because it allowed me to collaborate with others inside of the EMC and create a cross project…

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Adam Streeter

The biggest takeaway I’ve had from my time at the EMC so far is a new found respect for the power of collaboration. I’ve never before experienced an environment that is so productive and functions so cleanly and efficiently, especially considering that everyone manages to be friends while doing it! That “business-casual” feeling to working…

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Amanda Nielsen

For me, the best thing about working at the EMC is all the experience I’m getting from already having a job related to major. As a marketing major, being a marketing assistant here at the EMC has helped to prepare me for future internships and jobs in this field. Not to mention it looks awesome…

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Gillian Crowley

Working at the EMC has given me an opportunity to see and understand what having an actual job is like. The experiences I have already had here and everything I have already learned in the 3 months I’ve been here, have given me knowledge that I can apply to school and work once I graduate.…

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Desiree Fernandes

14Giving tours at the EMC is my favorite memory from my time there. I remember touring the EMC before coming to Champlain College and being inspired by the work that was being done there. Four years later, I was giving that same inspiration to the next generation of students, and that was an awesome feeling.…

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Ricky Rizzo

I have never had a job where one of my tasks would be to organize a team of 3d artists, one of which was put in charge of physically sewing an enormous alien plush.  That was delightful. -Ricky Rizzo EMC SandBox artist Check out what other current students, alumni, partners, faculty and staff are sharing…

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Ann DeMarle

It literally is impossible for me to pinpoint any one moment – there are so many! But cumulatively, the biggest realization has been that the original vision that youth given the “wicked problems” alongside support and mentorship, create powerful, life altering solutions. And they do it with passion, intensity, and fun! Whether in St. Lucia…

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Jason Rauck

It looks different but it’s the same. You can still go in and know exactly where you need to go, how everybody’s cooperating and how well it fits together even though we’re always expanding. It’s the same essence. -Jason Rauck ’13 Game Designer, Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton This quote was taken during Alex’s…

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Mollie Coons

One of my favorite memories working at the EMC was the dedication everyone had to their craft, and the fun they had creating! When I was heading up the storyboard team for Breakaway, my team would have after-hours work parties, order pizza and storyboard scene after scene, taking photos of poses and dropping them into…

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Tyler Feralio

One of the high points of my time here at the EMC was when, after making some pretty incredible 3D design projects in the MakerLab, Niles Fromm, a senior MakerLab Tech, let me know that he was accepted to Pratt Institute’s industrial design graduate program. It made me feel like I was making a real…

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Auston Montville

A defining moment in my career as a game developer was when we showed the Searchlight project off at the Burlington Art Hop. We had so many different people enjoy a cleverly disguised game about learning and research. One of the players was this young girl. She must have been 4 or 5 years old.…

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AJ Twombly

When we were working on LakeQuest we had just pulled out a bit of crunch to get the infinite runner playable and E3 was just starting. We took a break for half a day and watched a few of the presentations and ate popcorn and candy. Still one of my favorite work memories. That and…

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Rick Harrington

I came to Champlain to (re)open an Emergent Media Center in Shanghai, China which is at the center of the largest digital media “industry” on the planet. Along the way the project was modified several times – we found a great venue inside the planned HongKou International Education Park, then discovered our audience among entrepreneurs…

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Sarah Jerger

It’s impossible for me to pick just one memory, so for now, I’ll just pick one of my *first* memories. This was in April 2008 at John Cohn’s house, an IBM Fellow and project sponsor for the “IBM Game Tomorrow” project which was an interactive multimedia piece to encourage kids to explore STEM career fields.…

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Grant Parker

When you’re in a company they’re very risk averse, they’re not going to be on that bleeding edge … The EMC has allowed itself to be a a lot more agile, trying new things — it’s mission statement is different from a regular company. It’s a bit cooler, jumping out into that unknown. It gives…

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James Keats

Working on Flight at the EMC over the summer of 2016 was one of the best experiences I’ve had. It made me realize how challenging and how fun (almost) full-time game development can be, especially when you’re working with a group of talented and motivated individuals. -James Keats, ’18 Game Programmer at Champlain College Emergent…

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Terrence Sehr

Terry recently gave a lightning talk during Champlain College’s innovation week event. He has shared his visual presentation and we have taken excerpts from his talk to share with you. “Hello, I’m Terry Sehr. I’m an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Emergent Media program at Champlain, after having graduated from that program in May…

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Mary Burbridge

One of the most inspiring and satisfying experiences for a student developer is watching the projects you worked so hard on being released. In particular when the first project I worked on, the ECHO project, was released at the ECHO lake aquarium we all went to see it in person. I had so much fun…

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Kyle Patterson

My semester spent at EMC was a great learning experience for me and one of my favorite memories was attending the Vermont Tech Jam and talking with attendees about the different EMC projects I was apart of, as well as seeing what other people and studios in Vermont were creating. A number of companies from…

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Giovanna Peebles

I loved the process of watching an idea EMERGE as action by a wonderfully talented, passionate group of students and team partners! It was an awesome positive exciting experience to be part of that process (the Vermont Archaeology Virtual Museum). -Giovanna Peebles, Project Partner & Former State Archaeologest State of Vermont, Division for Historic Preservation

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Mahmoud Jabari

I miss and think of my time at the EMC often. I have learned so many valuable things there that makes me more confident and more eager to learn in my day-to-day job. I miss and love the EMC and its amazing leadership and management. -Mahmoud Jabari, ’15 Currently pursuing his master’s degree in International Relations…

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EMC 10 Year Anniversary!

Education’s task is to inspire! As we move into this celebratory 10th year, we hope to reconnect with all of you through various Champlain Connect events across the country and online through our Emerge, Innovate, Inspire campaign. To kick off our celebration, Ray McCarthy Bergeron and Lauren Nishikawa, EMC alumni and former staff members have created…

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