Board of Advisors
3-D, Motion, and Graphic Designer
Christopher D’Andrea is a 3-D and motion graphics designer for BBDO Worldwide and is an LIU Post digital arts and design alumnus. As a member of BBDO’s design team, D’Andrea plays an integral role in visualizing new products and branding for the agency’s extensive list of clients, including Grey Goose, Visa, AT&T, Guinness Draught, Lowe’s, The American Red Cross, and many more. He also aided in creation of BBDO’s xLab, a new design and experience initiative poised to educate a multitude of clients and employees about emerging tech like virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3-D printing.
D’Andrea provides freelance architectural visualization for many clients through his own design atelier, and has recently begun to teach visualization workshops at NYIT, where he hopes to help students gain a better understanding of design and proper 3-D visualization aesthetics. D’Andrea believes new technologies like virtual reality will be a game-changing movement not only in the architectural field, but in every field where digital media can be engaged.
Isabel Walcott Draves
Creative Tech Week, Founder & CEO
Isabel Walcott Draves is a lifelong champion at bringing disparate groups together around a common cause. She specializes in big-picture “what’s next” thinking and building new organizations from the ground up, implementing plans from the brainstorm stage to finished product. Her ten-day Creative Tech Week festival, held annually in New York City, features hundreds of events at dozens of venues with thousands of attendees. The event celebrates creative technology, embracing mixed, augmented, and virtual reality; robotics and interactive electronics; data visualization; projection mapping; interactive gaming; fashion wearables and sensors; 3-D printing; algorithmic dance; generative art; computer vision; electronic music; and explores the social impact of technology and more.
Since 2009, Draves has run the monthly speaker salon, Leaders in Software and Art (LISA), and the LISA conferences, bringing together an elite group of cutting edge thinkers who work at the intersection of art and technology. Prior to LISA, Draves founded and ran the Salontrepreneur dinner series. As a strategic consultant in the Internet industry, Draves has helped dozens of early-stage CEOs get companies off the ground, assisting on multiple fronts, including strategy, funding, marketing, operations. Her practice has included stints at Linden Lab (Second Life), Bertelsmann (Arvato), and Gartner (The Research Board), and advising founders in word-of-mouth marketing, crowdsourcing, Internet identity and security, online video, wikis, green e-commerce, tech recruiting, and financial management.
One of the first female CEOs in the first wave of Internet companies in the 1990’s, Draves was a pioneer in Internet communication and start-up culture and online reviews. She started the first user-generated website for teenage girls, SmartGirl, in 1996 and was the company’s CEO for 5 years. Prior to SmartGirl, Draves was the business manager of one of the first web/interactive design firms in New York and the director of finance and strategy of Teach For America.
Draves has a master’s degree in communications, computing and electronics from Teacher’s College at Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in literature from Harvard University. She is married to the world- famous software artist Scott Draves, founder of the Electric Sheep.
Former CEO, BML-Blackbird
Elliot Krowe has spent over 40 years working with various performance groups on and off the touring circuit, supervising production of TV advertising, and overseeing business affairs and daily operations for companies in advertising and lighting production. He also created and, up until its recent sale, acted as CEO of BML Blackbird Entertainment Services, a major provider of entertainment services. During this period, he also formed Event Consultants, Inc., a company that provides entertainment production and promotion internationally.
Krowe has been a resident of the New York metropolitan area his entire life. He attended Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science prior to the start of his career in the entertainment industry.
More McCormack, Assoc. AIA
Chief Technology Officer, BluEdge
More first joined BluEdge, formerly NRI, in 1996 as director of technology. After playing a key role in developing many of the company’s services—including 3-D prototyping, color management, and software and hardware products—today More oversees all of BluEdge’s technology offerings. More began his career in architecture, working as both a practicing architect and a systems administrator and CAD manager. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
Since joining BluEdge as the Chief Technology Officer, McCormack has played a key role in developing many of the service offerings the company has in place today.
Founder, Direct Dimensions, Inc.
Michael Raphael is the founder of Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI), an engineering company that provides a “one-stop shop” for 3-D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3-D scanning, imaging, and measurement solutions. DDI employs over 25 technical and professional staff and performs hundreds of 3-D scanning and modeling projects every year for clients across a wide range of industries, using a vast array of 3-D scanning and digital modeling technologies, with special emphasis on high accuracy 3-D scanning solutions.
Raphael started in the field of 3-D metrology in 1985, as an engineer responsible for solving aerospace manufacturing problems at what would become Lockheed Martin Corporation. While there, he helped develop and became the first user and customer of a revolutionary new portable three-dimensional industrial measurement technology, called the FaroArm, sold today throughout the world. Following several years of in-plant development, Raphael left aerospace to form Direct Dimensions, Inc. in 1995.
Raphael graduated from Virginia Tech in 1985 with B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990.
CEO, House of Moves
Brian Rausch brings decades of experience and talent in animation, content creation and motion capture to House of Moves, which he joined in 2008. During his tenure as CEO, Rausch has led House of Moves to introduce new, revolutionary, and patented technology to the industry, launch breakthrough client projects, and emerge as a leader in virtual reality, as well as reach a significant 20-year anniversary milestone.
Prior to House of Moves, Rausch served as senior manager of motion capture and cinematics at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, where he directed the cinematics, animation/motion capture, scanning, and video service department. With expertise in the end-to-end production of games and cinematics, his work with House of Moves can be seen in franchises and popular titles such as Call of Duty®, TRON, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battlefield, HALO, Mortal Kombat and the breakthrough Barbie™ Vlog.
Gene V. Roe, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.
Managing Editor, LiDAR News
Gene V. Roe has spent his entire career working in AEC and the Built Environment. He is a professional engineer and land surveyor and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Roe built a 50 person survey engineering firm and, in the early 1980s, founded the first GIS consulting group in New England. In the early 1990s he shifted into the software development business where he focused on CAD/GIS integration and innovation, while helping to build successful start-ups like Softdesk and Blue Marble Geographics.
Most recently Roe has been involved with 3-D laser scanning, where he led the initial effort at Autodesk to integrate this technology into their graphics’ engines. Over the past seven years he has built the LiDAR News brand into one of the world’s most well recognized 3-D geospatial media platforms.
Throughout his career, Roe has been a catalyst for the use of innovative digital technologies and the associated organizational change. He recently founded the Future of the Built Environment blog where he advocates for a sustainable, lifecycle asset management approach to improving the Built Environment.