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Office Location

177 Huntington Ave., 9th Floor
Boston MA, 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Zachary Berwaldt, 910 -177
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • BA in Digital Arts, Northeastern University

What are the specifics of your educational/career background?

I attended Northeastern University for digital arts; in my final year, I was hired as a part time employee by Professor Timothy Bickmore and the Relational Agents Group. Subsequently, I was brought on full-time and have been at CCIS ever since.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I animate characters for the various research projects of the Relational Agents Group for use within the Unity game engine. I also handle other forms of digital media like editing photos, recording video, and recording audio. I also perform maintenance on the group’s website, as needed. This also happens to be what I enjoy most about what I do. Because I am responsible for a variety of components, there are always new challenges to face. And because each challenge is in a different area, I can use what I learn from each and create innovative solutions for the next. I think you’d be hard pressed to find many jobs out there with opportunities like that.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

The most compelling thing about our work is that we are trying to help people and to make life better for everyone. There are many good things being done in the world by good people, and it’s nice to be contributing to those efforts.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up here in Massachusetts, in a town southwest of Boston called Medfield.
As cheesy as it sounds, up to the present, my most defining years have been spent here at Northeastern University working for the Relational Agents Group. Everything I’ve discovered about myself, about what drives me, about my goals in life; I’ve discovered here. Most of the skills that I have some level of proficiency in, I learned them here. Whether that means I learned them here first and then continued learning outside of work, or I learned them because they are apart of my daily routine and responsibilities.