Student Testimonials

Sam Kodzis

"One of the best things about the IMGD program at WPI is the fact that a lot of the classes are project-based. It’s impossible to overstate how useful these experiences have been, and how much they have helped prepare me to enter the field of game development."

Ever since he played Super Nintendo as a child, Sam Kodzis knew that he wanted to be a game developer. Growing up in Winter Springs, Florida, Sam worked towards this dream by playing and analyzing everything under the sun, voraciously consuming articles on game development, and even making a few (in his words, "terrible") games in high school. At WPI he continues his quest by working towards Computer Science and IMGD degrees, and designing side projects in his spare time.

Outstanding Junior (2014)
Sam Kodzis
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Technical Track

Bryce Dumas

"After two years developing my skills as an artist, I've never felt more capable. The IMGD Art Track has provided me with a wide range of talents that I feel can be used in an even greater range than just games. In the almost-decade since the IMGD department has been around, it has evolved into an excellent program, and I only see it growing into something even greater. I'm lucky and proud to have been a part of it!"

Bryce Dumas spent his first two undergraduate years at the University of Connecticut, and has spent the last two here at WPI in the IMGD department. He plans to graduate after the coming fall semester. He hopes to inspire radical political changes in the game industry, whether working within or outside of it. He hopes to raise critical awareness and discourse around violence, cisheteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism as they relate to games. He feels strongly that media such as video games can play a key role in either perpetuating or undermining systems of oppression, and he hopes his art will contribute to the latter.

Outstanding Senior (2014)
Bryce Dumas
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Art Track

Jill Sauer

"In the IMGD program, I found the perfect combination of artistic, creative challenges and technology, and I have gotten so much out of my four years here. The many project-based classes are perfect for learning not only how to make a game, but help build the skills a game developer really needs."   

Jill Sauer is a 2013 graduate of Interactive Media & Game Development on the Artistic Track. She is from Danvers, Massachusetts, and has been both an artist and an avid gamer from a young age. On campus, she is a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, a Crimson Key tour guide and representative for the IMGD major, and has been a Teaching Assistant for several art classes as well as the IMGD Launch summer program. In her spare time, she continues to love playing games in a wide variety of genres, and pushing herself artistically in both traditional and digital media.

Salisbury Award (2013)
Jill Sauer
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Art Track


Michael Grossfeld

"In my four years as an IMGD major I've gone from not knowing how to program to being a full-fledged game developer. That says it all, in my opinion."

Michael Grossfeld is an Interactive Media & Game Development Tech who hails from Manchester Center, Vermont. He became interested in video games at a young age and despite not knowing how to program, he strove to achieve the goal of designing games. Michael has an affinity for interesting hats and bow-ties, and is known by the nickname "Fearless Leader" in certain circles.

Oustanding Senior (2013)
Michael Grossfeld
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Technical track


Michael Frankfort

"Coming out of the IMGD program, I feel that I have been prepared for the real world. The project based learning that is involved with almost every class has not only strengthened my programming skills, but also my ability to work well in a team."

Michael Frankfort is a graduate of the Interactive Media & Game Development program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, class of 2013. Michael resides in Danvers, Massachusetts where he has lived his entire life. Ever since a young age, Michael has had a passion for computers and knew one day that he would want to be in the technology field. Michael enjoys playing and studying games of all genres, mainly real time strategy and action games such as League of Legends, Castle Crashers and Assassins Creed. In his spare time, Michael designs and creates game prototypes in order to practice his programming and game development skills.

Oustanding Senior (2013)
Michael Frankfort
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Technical track


Alex Quartulli

"Studying at WPI has been a great experience.  I’ve gotten the chance to learn both the artist and technical aspects of game development and meld what I’ve learned together to great avail.  It’s been fun and helpful to have so many opportunities to work in a team as well, especially in the core technical IMGD courses.  With everything that my time at WPI has given me, I feel that I am more than well prepared to join the professional game development community."

Alex Quartulli grew up in Oakham, Massachusetts.  At an early age he developed a love of video games and computers.  After programming a game for the first time – on a TI-83 calculator – he knew he wanted to spend his life creating video games.  His passion motivates him as he works toward his degrees in CS and IMGD at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Oustanding Junior
Alex Quartulli
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Technical Track


Bryce Dumas

"Having transferred here for my junior year of college, I'm very pleased with the change. The course load is no less difficult but much more manageable and the staff more approachable. I've made great friends who helped me carve out a queer safe space among them (not that it took us much work). I'm looking forward to my last year at WPI!"

Bryce started his college career at UConn. His experience there was invaluable. He began as an environmental engineer, and gradually moved more toward CS. He soon realized however, that he had a real passion for gaming, and wanted to pursue it academically. UConn unfortunately doesn't offer anything like the IMGD program. When deciding where to transfer to, WPI seemed like a perfect fit from just his first visit to the school. Extracurricularly, Bryce is an avid queer feminist bent on deconstructing systems of power and oppression, and hopes to use his talents as an artist toward those ends. He is currently working on his IQP, which examines how games construct masculinity and heterosexuality and why we need more accurate and healthier representations of gender and sexuality in games.

Oustanding Junior (2013)
Bryce Dumas
BS, Interactive Media and Game Development, Art Track


Graham Leto

"Luckily for me, I was able to take a drastic change and turn it into a smooth transition because of the excellent faculty and students in the IMGD program. I was able to discover talents that I didn't know I had through taking on challenges and completing them with the help of my teammates and peers."

Outstanding Senior (2012)
Graham Leto
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Beth Hankel

"Both learning and student assisting in the IMGD program has introduced me to memorable experiences and people that will continue enriching me for years to come. Art itself has its merits, but utilizing art in game development - making living, breathing characters and environments - is a whole new wonder."

Growing up in suburban Wisconsin, Beth Hankel enjoyed art since an early age, eventually transitioning from a hobby in high school into a professional prospect in college. Although starting as a physics student, she became involved with the IMGD program, honing her artistic abilities into usable, expressive skills.

Oustanding Senior (2012)
Beth Hankel
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development, Art Track


Eric Walston

"The IMGD program has helped me focus my interest in programming toward game development, where I get to apply my knowledge of computer science toward a fun and interesting goal. The project-based curriculum has provided excellent opportunities to work as a team and experience the process of making games firsthand. I have been able to create a good portfolio of games and made connections with industry professionals."

Eric grew up in Lisbon, Connecticut. Early on he developed a passion for computer science and game development which lead him to the IMGD program at WPI.  TheIMGD program has helped him to develop his skills as a programmer and to apply hose skills towards game creation. Eric plans to graduate with a double major in Computer Science and IMGD to pursue a career as a game programmer.

Outstanding Junior (2011), Outstanding Senior (2012)
Eric Walston
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Cordell Zebrose

"I have found the IMGD program is a great way to apply my programming skills in an area which I’m passionate about. The projects are exceptionally fun and educational experiences, which have taught me a lot about working in teams with deadlines."

Cordell grew up in Somerville, MA with an early love for all kinds of games and logic. Game programming appeared to be an interesting outlet for his programming skills. He was attracted by WPI's focused term system and enrolled as a double major in IMGD and Computer Science. At WPI, he has been able to work on many interesting projects with several talented people in preparation for a career in the game industry.

Outstanding Junior (2012)
Cordell Zebrose
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Matthew Lyon

"As a double major, game development provided me with a blank canvas on which I could practice what I was learning in my CS classes. Beyond that, I had the chance to collaborate with dozens of incredibly talented artists and programmers. Thanks to the IMGD Speaker Series and the Global Game Jam, I've had the opportunity to network with dozens of industry contacts."

Outstanding Senior (2011)
Matthew Lyon
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Ryan Chadwick

"The IMGD program has supplied me valuable experience not only working with tightly knit groups, but also leading them. The people that I have met and worked with at WPI have given me invaluable connections in academia as well as in industry."

Ryan grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts, where he fostered his passion for art and video games by filling sketchbooks with countless drawings of fantastical creatures and heroic characters. After discovering the IMGD program at WPI, he became familiarized with the professional tools used in the industry, which have allowed him to grow as an artist and game developer.

Outstanding Senior (2011)
Ryan Chadwick
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Elliot Borenstein

"The IMGD program has provided me with many opportunities to push my skills and expand my horizons. The strong emphasis on group projects has allowed me to add many polished pieces to my portfolio, while also giving me the chance to learn leadership and team-management skills that will be invaluable in the future."

Outstanding Junior (2010), Salisbury Award (2011)
Elliot Borenstein
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Amy Mazzucotelli

"The IMGD program at WPI has helped me to grow and develop both as an individual and as a member of a team. It has provided many opportunities for me to challenge myself and has encouraged me to push my limits to become a better artist."

Outstanding Junior (2011)
Amy Mazzucotelli
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Mary Yovian

"Because of WPI, I've gotten to challenge myself and push myself to be better. It's also because of WPI, and because of professors who are invested in helping their students succeed and extending opportunities to them, that I've been able to get myself out in the industry and work on projects that were invaluable both as a learning experience and as a chance to improve as an artist."

Salisbury Award (2010)
Mary Yovina
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Sarah Gilkey

"I have grown as an artist and game designer because of the IMGD program. Through my course work and projects, I have learned so much about the game development process that I had never been exposed to before. WPI and the IMGD program's focus on team projects also gave me the opportunity to work in groups, which was invaluable practice for internships and the real world."

Outstanding Senior (2010)
Sarah Gilkey
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Yilmaz Kimaz

"The IMGD program at WPI is what enabled me to kick-start my game development endeavor. The foundation built in freshman courses allowed each student to communicate ideas efficiently and also laid the groundwork for specializing in the advanced courses later. One of the most valuable assets of being a part of this program is having the wealth of experience and foresight of the professors at your disposal. The program also maintains good relations with the local game development industry."

Outstanding Senior (2009)
Yilmaz Kimaz
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Alex Schwartz

"The IMGD program allowed me to shoot directly down the middle of the course offerings, taking a smattering of both art and technical courses, with my eventual goal of obtaining an industry job as a technical artist. While attending WPI, the many group projects and abundance of team experience helped me build portfolio pieces that were crucial to my postgraduation success. I was also able to build lasting connections with fellow classmates, many of whom I remain in close touch with."

Outstanding Senior (2009)
Alex Schwartz
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development


Zachary Kamsler

"I think that my experience with the IMGD program and the WPI Game Development Club has been very valuable. The game-specific coursework is supported by a foundation of solid CS curriculum, and the many opportunities to experience actually working in a team to develop completed games provide something that goes beyond mere technical knowledge."

Outstanding Senior (2008)
Zachary Kamsler
BS, Interactive Media & Game Development

 

 
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