Anna Dining
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Rochester, NY

Anna Dining is a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) pursuing a B.S. in motion picture science and has found a passion for virtual reality’s potential to heighten presence and empathy in cinematic storytelling. Her thesis project involves producing a short 360 film and executing a user study to explore “story presence” and the new language surrounding the medium. At RIT, she has worked as a video editor for RIT Production Services, received a 2016 Telly Award and will be soon become RIT SportsZone Director of Post Production. Ms. Dining has participated in the SMPTE student chapter at RIT as a member, a project’s creative director, project manager, and is incoming chapter president. As much as she enjoys working with technology and in dark theaters or edit suites, she values time outdoors, traveling, and practicing yoga. Ms. Dining works as a disc jockey and promotions director at RIT’s college radio WITR 89.7, where she has grown to love and enjoy supporting the local music scene and community.

Elizabeth DoVale
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Rochester, NY

Elizabeth DoVale is a fourth year student at RIT, working on a B.S. degree in motion picture sciences. She first became interested in filmmaking in high school when she volunteered at her school’s television station. In addition, she did the lighting design and operation for her high school’s theater productions. Ms. DoVale received the Jeff Calhoun performing arts award in her senior year. Her love of math and science mixed with her passion for filmmaking led her to the Motion Picture Science program at RIT. Ms. DoVale has been an active member of RIT’s SMPTE student chapter, along with working as a teaching assistant for the first year introductory motion picture science course. During the summer of 2016, she held a software engineering internship in San Francisco with Dolby Laboratories’ Cinema team where she helped to improve the calibration software for the Dolby Vision projector. 

Jyotsna Kadimi
University of Southern California (USC) - Los Angeles, CA

Jyotsna Kadimi was born in Delhi, India, and grew up Hyderabad, where she trained eight years in the Indian Classical Dance-Kuchipiudi. She graduated from SRM University, Chennai, in 2014 with a B. Tech degree in electronics and communication engineering and received an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2016. In April 2016, she led and produced “Recall,” a virtual reality VR memory productive game, which was awarded the best senior design project. Ms. Kadimi also received the NVIDIA grand prize for “outstanding performance,” for showing casing VR games demonstrating the importance of binaural audio. She also worked as an R&D intern for media technology marketing strategy at Disney ABC Television Group from January to May 1916. 
David Kuther
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) - New York, NY

David Kuther is currently a staff editor with CBS News Marketing in New York City. Prior to joining CBS, he was a freelance editor at AMC Networks and Comedy Central, specializing in on-air promotions, and spent 10 years as a senior editor at Frame:Runner, a video post-production facility in New York City. His clients at Frame:Runner included Comedy Central, CBS, Nickelodeon, HBO, ESPN, USA Network, and The History Channel. Mr. Kuther began his television career more than 20 years ago while a student at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), first as a graphics coordinator at Good Morning America, and then as a quality control technician and videotape operator at Lifetime Television. Kuther graduated with a B.F.A. in communication arts from NYIT, where he was a student member of the Broadcast Education Association, SMPTE, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and the International Radio and Television Society, and received the NATAS Scholarship Award for Excellence in the Field of Television.







Arnav Mendiratta, University of Southern California (USC) - Los Angeles, CA


Matthew Ross Donato, Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY


Victoria K. McGowen, Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY


Joshua P. Berkowitz, Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY


Natalie Morningstar, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Baltimore, MD


2011, Alexander Michael Pagliaro, Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY

2009, Dillon Mercer Herbert, Auburn University - Auburn, AL

2008, Jeremy Mark Littler, Ryerson University - Toronto, Canada

2007, Matt Basford, Fountainhead College of Technology - Knoxville, TN

2006, Jacob Allen Nelson, University of Alabama in Huntsville - Huntsville, AL

2005, Benjamin Brunkhardt, UCLA - Los Angeles, CA

2002, Jeffrey Chong, Pasadena City College - Pasadena CA
            Francois Dompierre, University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
            Penny Kathryn Hicks, Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA
            Antonio Páez, Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
            Kenneth Allan Young, Jr. (Kassa Zakadi), Pasadena City College - Pasadena CA

2001, Kenneth Allan Young, Jr. (Kassa Zakadi), Pasadena City College - Pasadena CA

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