Department: Fine Arts School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2008
For Dave Voci (B.F.A. '07), NYIT is in his DNA-literally. The son of Peter Voci (B.F.A. '72), professor and chairperson of the fine arts department, Dave is part of his father's fine arts technology team. Father and son have teamed up on a number of projects, including the completion of a Sept. 11 memorial for the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, N.Y., in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this week.
"NYIT has been a part of my life forever," says Dave, who won a Presidential Technology Award at the 2011 Convocation. "I've been coming here with my parents since I was a child. I graduated from here, and now I work here. I'm really proud to be part of the NYIT community."
Dave has developed 3-D models of space capsules for NASA and for Disney's Little Einsteins. He specializes in motion capture animation, especially Autodesk Maya 3-D animation software, which is used in video games, MTV videos, and films such as Kung Fu Panda.
To improve the learning experiences of his students, Dave created the instructional courseware, SuperMaya, in which two complete 3-D environments are created from a reference photo. Below is an example. The image on the left shows a beginner-level animation, while the one at right is professional. This enables students to compare the photos and learn how to spot errors in their computer artwork.