ATEC.CONNECT is a biweekly meeting series in ATEC conference room where faculty and graduate students (and sometimes guests) gather together to discuss current topics and their current work and research. These meetings are held to brainstorm, solve problems, and share resources among the community.

In Spring 2013 ATEC.CONNECT meets every other Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the ATEC Conference Room. The first gathering is scheduled for February 8.

Friday Feb 8th, 2013, 12 -1:30 pm
ATEC.CONNECT will kick off its spring 2013 series on Friday Feb 8th, 2013, 12 -1:30 pm @ ATEC Conference room. This session will be hosted by Dr. Cindy Shen and Dr. Maximilian Schich, who have graciously agreed to give a crash course on research methodology with a special focus on approaches used in the fields of media and technology. They will cover various stages of research work and share their insights on how to choose appropriate research practices.

Friday Feb 22, 12-1:30 pm
Then, on Friday Feb 22, 12-1:30 pm @ ATEC Conference room, ATEC.CONNECT will host a panel discussion with Dr. Roger MalinaDr. Kim KnightDr. Frank DufourDr. Paul Fishwick, and Jeffrey Senita on “The Track to Tenure,”  covering topics such as:

    • What makes you an strong attractive candidate for an academic or research position?
    • What are all the different types of professors, and what are they able to do?
    • If you have an MFA (a terminal degree), how is it different from a Ph.D. (also a terminal degree)? Are they equal?
    • How do you become a visiting professor at another institution?
    • How important is it to publish?How does the purpose of white papers differ from journal articles?


Friday March  22, 2013, 12 -1:30 pm

We would like to invite you to ATEC.CONNECT for a panel discussion about career possibilities for ATEC graduate students following graduation. Chip Wood and others will talk about topics such as:

* What types of job positions are there?
* Which firms or types of firms are hiring ATEC graduate students?
* What makes students especially attractive candidates for employers?
* For which skill sets are employers looking?
* Does it matter to employers in industry which graduate degree a student earns?
* How much pertinent experience is needed to accompany the degree?

Friday, April 5, 2013, 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the ATEC Conference Room.

Professor Frank Dufour will go over ATEC Ph.D program, requirements, deadlines, exams, dissertation proposals, new classes in Fall 2013, etc.

Friday, April 19, 2013, 12 – 3 p.m. in the ATEC Conference Room.

Ira Greenberg, Director of Center of Creative Computation at SMU, will give a 3-hour hands on workshop on ‘Processing programming language and environment’. This workshop is open to graduates, undergraduates, and faculty. Please have Processing software installed on your laptops and bring them with you to the workshop. More info on the session:

Additional info on the speaker:

All faculty and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions, so please spread the word! We appreciate your support and count on your participation.  Also, if you’re available and interested to discuss your work or research in March or April, or if you have any suggestions–or simply want to help!–, please email, or

Be sure to join the Facebook group


ATEC.CONNECT past sessions in fall 2012:

OCT 4, 2012
Topic: ”Narrative and Dialogue Systems”
Session Host: Brad Hennigan

OCT 18, 2012
Topic: “Human Performance: The Body as an Anticipatory System”
Session Host: Robert Fuentes

NOV 1, 2012
Topic: “Meaningful Play”
Session hosts: Wendi Kavanaugh & Dr. Adam Brackin

NOV 15, 2012
Topic:”Media and Democracy”
Session hosts: Dr. Dave Parry & Mona Kasra


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  1. Thank you for this first try. and my apologies, once again. I am quite passionate about graduate education. And would like your education to be maximally rewarding!
    Mihai Nadin

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