Andrew Quitmeyer

[Media Engineer]

is a polymath adventurer focusing on discovering new means of exploring and sharing our world. A fascination with science, nature, and the unknown lead him to his current work, designing digital tools for biological research and expression. 

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Digital Media - "Digital Naturalism" (current)

M.S. Digital Media

2009 - Present

My research in “Digital Naturalism” unites Computational Media with Ethology, Performance, and Critical Making for powerful scientific discovery and expression. I develop techniques, tools, and artifacts for engaging complex environments, analyzing contextually dense information, and expressing ideas in powerful new ways.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

B.S. Industrial Engineering [Highest Honors]

B.A. Film Theory and Production [Campus Honors]

2004 - 2008

Specialized in problem solving, experimental media, and performance.

Illinois Math and Science Academy

2001 - 2004

Selected to attend this public boarding school for academically talented students.

Publications

Work

Georgia Tech - "Principles of Interaction Design"

Instructor

2013
Taught my own section of a core class for Computational Media Undergraduates. My particular focus for the class is on physical computing, situated performance, and biotlogical interfaces.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Smithsonian Fellow

2012-2013
Named a fellow in 2013, I taught cybiotic interaction design and digital biocrafting workshops to scientists situated within the Panamanian Rainforest. We also held exploratory and educational outreach performances for research communication. Funding by from the Smithsonian, Design Awards, NSF, and Digital Media program.

Multi-Agent Robotics and Systems Lab

Lead Software Designer/Documentarian

2010 - 2013
Designed and programmed biotracking software for numerous scientific and
artistic projects. Operates under NSF and ONR grants for computervision and 
tracking. Also, creator of animal­specific research design documentaries. 
NSF Award 0960618, ONR contract 550740.

Robocup

Official Documentarian

2011

Filmed interviews and created a series of documentaries from the world robot soccer competition in Istanbul.

Stupid Fun Club

Designer

2011

Designed digital and physical toys, television, and video games at Will Wright's Berkeley think-tank.

Synlab - Embodied Digital Creativity

Research Assistant

2009 - 2010
Lead programmer in studying links between body movements and cognition 
using 3D interactive environment with tangible and embodied interfaces. 
Published in TEI and Fun and Games. 
NSF­IIS grant #0757370. PI Mazalek, Co­PI Nitsche

Foreign Language School - Shenzhen, China

Science, English, and Media Educator

2008 - 2009

Head designer of experimental, participatory, and multi-media curricula for
elementary school students in Shenzhen, China.

Chinese Storytelling Studio

Founder, Director

2008 - 2009

Developed English and media skills of school children in China

 

 

 

Freelance Documentarian

Producer/Photographer/Editor

2008

Created many short films covering diverse subjects such as American industrial practices, Galapagos fauna, Hobo train life, and remote Ecuadorian villagers discussing the life and works of the late Peace Corps author, Moritz Thomsen.

Biographical Study of Moritz Thomsen

Documentarian

2008

Interviewed remote villagers in Esmeraldas, Ecuador about the life and works of
the late Peace Corps author

Cartoon Network - [adultswim]

Production Intern

2006

Worked on animations at all production levels of program development.

Rincon Del Relato

Founder, Director

2008

Developed multimedia and transmedia communication skills in children to fight child labor in Quito, Ecuador.

Family Resiliency Center

Media Specialist

2005-2008

Worked on animations at all production levels of program developmen

Matt McClure, Professional Magician

Magician's Assistant

2005-2007

The Canopy Club

Videographer

2005-2006

The City Museum, St. Louis

Activity Coordinator/Art Instructor/Security

2004

GuruGolf

Graphic/Web Designer

2002-2004

Math Explorers / Art a la Carte

Creator, Instructor

2002-2004

Created and taught math and art -themed summer camps for children

Volunteering

The McKnight Center for the Arts

Founder

2005-Present

Non-profit organization to provides free representation and distribution for artists from any field. Co-sponsors multimedia workshops like The Storytelling Studio.

The Storytelling Studio

Creator, Director, Educator

2005-2009

Founded children's workshop to promote media literacy and participatory learning. Created versions in Ecuador and China to combat child labor.

Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival

Media Director

2005-2007

Directed multi-camera interviews with world filmmakers, critics, and theorists

Children's Math, Science, and Arts Workshops

Tutor

2002-2006

Taught underprivileged children and led activities in arts and crafts at places like the Center for Women in Transition and the St. Louis City Museum.

Academic

Continental Datalabel - Engineering Capstone

Lead Programmer, Video Specialist

2008

Designed and implemented machine vision error detection systems.

Krannert Performing Arts - "Metamorphoses"

Co-Media Director

2007

Crafted and controlled narrative and ambient animations that served as a live, interactive backdrop for the theatrical performance.

Entrepreneurial Engineering

Mentorship

2004-2006

Worked on design and development of new children's toys.

Experimental Music and Video Creation

Official Scientific Inquiry - IMSA

2003-2004

Researched and formed an experimental rock band, supported with the creation
of a collection of music videos and a historical documentary.

Botanical Survey of Midwestern Regions

Mentorship

2002-2004

Leader of biological survey team for IMSA and the University of Iowa

Skills

  • Adventuresome, intelligent, adaptable, and creative.
  • Talent for communication through any medium.
  • Working fluency in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French .
  • Field Experience: Navigating, Manual Transmission Backcountry Driving, Zoological Collecting and Tagging, Vaccine Spectrum (including Rabies).
  • Versatile programming background: C++, Arduino, Android, Java, PHP,
     HTML5, XML, CSS3, Python, Linux, After Effects Scripting, QBasic.
  • Extensive training in physical/digital design and prototyping tools, particularly:
    Abobe's Creative Suite, CNC, CAD, Laser Cutting, Milling, 3D Printing.

Achievement

  • Instructables Design Contest Grand Prize Winner.
  • Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College Legacy Award.
  • Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Competition, Best Poster Award.
  • The Discovery Channel featured projects "Paint Pulse" and "Magnetic Ants."
  • Best Project award for my Master's thesis, Documatic.
  • Films featured in Scientific American, Wired UK, NPR, io9, Boingboing, Fernbank Science Museum, and the Creative Discovery Museum.
  • Film, Ant Painting, featured on Scientific American and Wired UK.
  • Film, The Waggle Dance of the Honey Bee," featured on NPRFernbank Science Museum, and the Creative Discovery Museum.
  • Multiple films featured on Boingboing and io9.
  • Multi-time GVU, LMC, and Digital Media travel grant recipient.
  • Four­time recipient General Assembly full tuition academic scholarship. Robert 
    Byrd, Opal Meyers, and GT Presidential fellowship scholarships.
  • Official selection: New York International Film FestivalDRIP Digital Media 
    Festival
     (Headliner), Stirfry Student Film Festival, Chicago Future 
    Filmmakers Festival
     (Winner CCTV Award ­ Outstanding Chicago Production)
  • Four-time recipient General Assembly full-tuition academic scholarship
  • Dean's List 8 consecutive semesters at the University of Illinois
  • Original works in seasons 3-5 of Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force