Frank Polito, Department Head Computer Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Animation and Graphic Game Programming
Professor Frank Polito comes to NHTI with 30 years of research and development experience in the telecommunications industry. He started his career at Bell Laboratories which later became Lucent Technologies and then Alcatel-Lucent. Frank's industry experience in R&D afforded him the opportunity to broaden his electrical engineering expertise to include software development, system architecture, data communications, and technical management. In addition to his industry experience, Frank has been an adjunct in the engineering department at Merrimack College where he also served on the Industry Advisory Board for many years. Frank earned a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master's in EE from Cornell University; he will be teaching courses in both the CPET and EET programs.
Terrance "Terry" Simkin
Program Coordinator and Professor, Animation and Graphic Game Programming
Professor Simkin has been the subject of several TV, radio and newspaper reports, including the Wall Street Journal, related to using leading edge technology in curriculum which has included; Microsoft .Net Framework, programming language C# and the use of XNA in Xbox 360 game development. Currently involved with multiplayer flash over the internet and use of hand held devices. He has been an invited speaker at game development conferences.
Professor Simkin has been teaching and developing computer games for over 14 years. He had been the Technical Advisor for an educational game development company for several years. He created the AGGP curriculum based software tools and techniques used in the game development industry.
Professor Simkin had taught computer programming languages, such as C, C++, Java and C# and computer related technologies at the NHTI for about 20 years in the Computer Engineering Technology program. Prior to coming to NHTI, he has had over two decades of programming experience in a wide range of engineering and research fields. Professor Simkin is a Microsoft Certified Professional in the field of Visual C++.
Rodney Dellafelice, MSCIS, MSEE,
Professor Animation and Graphic Game Programming
Professor Dellafelice holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell (MA), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and another M.S. in Computer Information Science with a concentration in Application Programming. Both Master's degrees are from the University of New Haven. He is also associated with the NH based company, "Voiceless Technologies, LLC," which plans to use animation technology to help hearing-impaired individuals learn to read.
Gregory "Grash" Walek
Associate Professor Animation and Graphic Game Programming
Professor Greg Walek holds two degrees related to game development. He received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Walek completed his graduate studies from Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. He was the Technical Director and Lead Digital Editor on the award winning short film Chushingura, an Anime stylized presentation of "The 47 Samurai". Professor Walek has also worked on several short films involving and blending live action and 3d animation. While at Guildhall he studied digital game production with a specialization in level design. His senior project was "Eclipse", the critically acclaimed mod for "Half-Life 2". Before coming to NHTI, Professor Walek worked professionally in the industry on several shipped titles including "Catwoman"T mobile game, "Batman Begins"T mobile game, and the extremely popular action superhero "MARVEL: Ultimate Alliance" while working for Raven (http://www.ravensoft.com/) (Please refer to the note at the bottom of this web page). Please visit Professor Walek's web site to review examples of his work; http://gmwalek.com/ (Please refer to the note at the bottom of this web page).
(Please note: The above links to web sites are not 508 accessible. If you would like more information regarding the content housed on these external sites, please contact Terrance Simkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Walek at email@example.com.)