Department Liaisons

Matt Cornelius

Matt Cornelius
Art Media Technical Director, Department of Digital Art and Design

Matthew Cornelius has worked professionally in the field of 3-D computer animation for the past 18 years. He is a faculty member with a research fellowship at Pratt Institute and the art media technical director for the Department of Digital Technology at New York Institute of Technology. Cornelius, who is considered among the foremost experts in the motion capture field, also directs NYIT's motion capture studios.

Cornelius began his professional career in the games industry, where he achieved two AAA published titles. While working with motions captured by House of Moves in Los Angeles, he captured more than 1,000 motions over the course of six weeks for NHL2K for the Sega Dreamcast. Soon after, while working in a studio in the U.K., he was responsible for running the Vicon Motion Capture system. He later worked to contribute to the foundation of NaturalMotion, a leading games and technology company, where his roles grew to include research and development, NM character design, UI design, and corporate training and support for major film and video game companies. During his tenure at NaturalMotion, Cornelius was the technical artist and product specialist for NaturalMotion endorphin and presented the endorphin software at international conferences and conventions including SIGGRAPH, GDC, and E3.

Cornelius possesses a Master of Science in Computer Animation from Bournemouth University, a professional Certificate in 3-D Animation from the Vancouver Film School (1997) in Canada, and two professional certificates from Autodesk Instructors program for 3DS Max, Maya.

Mathew Ford

Mathew Ford, M.Arch
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture

Mathew Ford is an architect and educator. His research combines the collaborative nature of structures and architecture, technology in teaching fundamental structural concepts, and larger implications of technology in the built environment. In addition to teaching and coordinating structures in the School of Architecture and Design, Ford has conducted extensive research on Peter Eisenman's work, writing, and impact as educator. With Jeffrey Kipnis, he will curate an exhibition titled, "By Other Means" in Venice during the 15th Architecture Biennale.

Ford represents NYIT in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and serves on the Education Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of New York. He received a bachelor's degree in architecture from Ohio State University and a master's degree in architecture from Yale University. In addition, he is a registered architect in New York.

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Naomi Frangos
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture

Architect, educator, artist, craftsperson, writer, and critic, Naomi Frangos’ interdisciplinary approach informs her teaching, research and design practice of over 20 years. Her work focuses on the intersection of craft, liminal zones of perception, and phenomenological thought. She is concerned with materials and fabrication methods and has experimented with metal, concrete, ceramics, glass, molds, and casting in several recent projects.  Founder of design/build workshop Atelier Kraftwerk, her work has been exhibited in galleries, and her craft theories published in art and architecture journals. Recently she became co-founder of nylaproject, a design co-operative between New York and Los Angeles exploring site renewal of urban structures using data visualization mapping systems. In 2016, Frangos received an ISRC grant from NYIT for her project Fabricating Intuitive Innovation in Digital Design.

Frangos is lectures and exhibitions coordinator and curator at the NYIT School of Architecture and Design's Center Gallery. She holds a professional architecture degree and Masters in History/Theory of Architecture from McGill University, and a metalworking/welding diploma from Montreal’s Professional Trade School. 

Michael Hosenfeld

Michael Hosenfeld, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Department of Digital Art and Design

Michael Hosenfeld is an associate professor in the Department of Digital Art and Design at the New York Institute of Technology. Prior to his arrival at NYIT in 1990, Hosenfeld served as head of 3-D at Effectory/C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, clinical associate professor at NYU, and a VFX Supervisor at Love Lane Pictures, among other roles. He currently works as a VFX supervisor at Stephen David Entertainment. Hosenfeld earned his M.F.A. in Industrial Design at Universitat Duisburg-Essen, Standort Essen, Cologne Area, Germany.

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Youjeong Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communication Arts

Youjeong Kim received her Ph.D. in communications in 2010 from Pennsylvania State University. Kim worked as a television producer for the Korea Broadcasting System (one of three major broadcasting systems in Korea) for two years, where she directed and produced several TV documentaries and received the “The Best Program of This Month” award in 2002.

Kim’s research investigates the social and psychological effects of new media technology unique to online communication in the context of health-related communication, ranging from websites to virtual environments. In particular, she is interested in the role of avatars (i.e., graphical, human-like characters) with regard to user information processing and health-related behavior. Her work has resulted in over 12 conference papers and presentations in various areas, as well as several journal publications (Computers in Human Behavior or International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking) and NYIT internal grants. She is also actively involved in professional service by acting as a reviewer of competitive journals in the field of communications such as Media Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Communication Research, and Human Communication Research.

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Colleen P. Kirk. M.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing

Colleen P. Kirk’s research centers around consumer behavior, especially in the areas of psychological ownership, emotions, and decision-making. Specific areas of interest include understanding how consumers come to feel a sense of ownership of intangible digital technologies and its implications for marketers; psychological ownership, narcissism, and consumer territoriality; and nonconscious processing and investor behavior. Focusing her research on experimental design, Kirk is also interested in survey methodologies and structural equation modeling. Her work is published in top journals such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of Brand Management, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. She presents regularly at leading national and international conferences and is a regular reviewer for top journals in marketing, such as European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, and Journal of Business Research.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYIT as Assistant Professor of Marketing, Kirk taught for five years as Assistant Professor of Marketing at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. With an extensive professional background in marketing and sales in the computer industry, Kirk also served previously as an adjunct professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. in Math, Computer Science, and Business.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Doctor of Professional Studies in Marketing from Pace University.

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Stan Silverman, M.S.
Professor, MSIT - Instructional Technology graduate program

Stan Silverman specializes in the application of instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning in K-12 settings. He currently serves as the chair of the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee, as a member of the NYS Board of Regents Technology Council, with the Professor Garfield Foundation, and is serving as a mentor in the Intel Education Accelerator. Silverman also runs the Technology Based Learning System Department that supports numerous grants and contracts supporting K-12 education throughout the United States, as well as coordinating the establishment of public/private partnerships in New York State.

He received his degree in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook and his administrative degree from C.W. Post (LIU).

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Jason Van Nest M.Arch
Assistant Professor, Architecture

Jason Van Nest is a licensed architect working in New York City, a building information modeling consultant working with many NYC-based firms, and a tenure-track Professor at NYIT School of Architecture and Design.

As an architect, Van Nest has contributed to several award-winning projects, including the NYC Pier A renovation (2008)with H3, winning the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, the Hillside Housewith David Weiner Architects, winning a AIANY Oculus Award, and others.

As a building information modeling (BIM) consultant, he has helped several world-renowned architecture firms use advanced technology to improve their project delivery workflows, including SHoP Architects, Diller, Scoffidio + Renfro, Cooper Robertson Partners, HWKN, Deborah Berke Partners, CookFox, GLUCK+, and others.

As a professor, Van Nest has taught twelve different courses at NYIT, as well as graduate-level computational design courses at Yale School of Architecture and graduate-level representation courses at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID).

Van Nest is a 2008 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2015 Byrdcliffe Arts Colony Fellow. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the MacDowell Colony since being elected Fellows Executive Committee President in 2012.

He earned his Masters of Architecture at Yale School of Architecture in 2005, and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.

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