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Affiliated Faculty

The Center has a true interdisciplinary character and combines scientific investigation with aesthetic ideals. The Center offers a context in which students and faculty representing many disciplines investigate and apply the power of the digital syntax. The faculty members listed below are affiliated with ACCAD through a joint appointment with their home departments, through joint research projects or teaching within our facility.  Faculty are designated as "affiliated" when their work extends the teaching and research of ACCAD. 

College of Medicine

Dr. Doug Danforth: senior scientist in the Reproductive Biology and Vaccine Research Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

College of Public Health

Dr. Maria Gallo: sexual and reproductive health epidemiologist

College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tatiana Motta: Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Roger Crawfis: video games and animation
Dr. Jim Davis: computer vision, cognitive science
Dr. Raghu Machiraju: image analysis and visualization


Dr. Valarie Williams: multimedia applications relating to dance preservation and Labanotation
Prof. Norah Zuniga Shaw: dance and technology, interdisciplinary collaboration, practice as research


Prof. Shadrick Addy: experience design, extended reality (XR), historical preservation
Dr. Mary Anne Beecher: american vernacular interior spaces
Dr. Matthew Lewis: Interactive evolutionary design, Virtual environments, Performance and installation technology
Prof. Maria Palazzi: animation, visualization
Prof. Kyoung Lee Swearingen: animation, lighting
Prof. Scott Swearingen: game design, animation


Dr. Rick Voithofer: technology in education

Film Studies

Dr. Ryan Friedman: film studies, African American literature, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American literature, critical theory

Integrated Systems Engineering

Dr. Phil Smith: interface design systems, distributed work, cognitive engineering

Knowlton School of Architecture

Prof. Beth Blostein: architecture and technology
Prof. Steve Turk: architecture and technology

Moving Image Production

Kyoung Lee Swearingen: animation, lighting


Dr. Marc Ainger: composition of electronic music, MIDI

Newark Earthworks Center

Dr. Richard Shiels: American Colonial and Religious History


Prof. Alex Oliszewski: theatrical media design, experiential media
Prof. Janet Parrott: filmmaking and documentary
Prof. Jeanine Thompson: movement, acting