Stone Librande

Game Design & Development

A Lead Designer at Riot Games, Stone has worked in the game industry for over 15 years on games such as SimCity, Spore, and Diablo 3.

Evan Skolnick

Game Design & Development

Evan Skolnick has over 25 years of combined story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision and Lucasfilm.

USV Faculty

At USV, you’ll find your mentors among our experienced faculty with ties to major industry players in Silicon Valley.

To learn more about our faculty and academic leadership, read through some of their bios, featuring accomplishments in the fields of business, arts, and technology.

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Ahmad
Shaar

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

BBA, American University of Technology (AUT), Lebanon, Business Computing, 2003;

MBA, IT & CRM, 2005

Executive MBA, Marketing & Advertising, 2006

MBA, HR, 2008;

EMBA, Institute Universitaire Kurt Boch, Switzerland, Hospitality & Tourism Management, 2009

DBA – ABD in Knowledge Management & Business Intelligence, International Technological University (ITU), San Jose, CA

DBA in Business Intelligence in Agile Project Management, California Southern University (CSU), Costa Mesa CA.

 

 

 

KPMG, P&G, SAP, Google, YouTube, CISCO, Yahoo, Verizon, Orange-Telecom, Levi’s, Starbucks, and McDonald’s

Ahmad has had years of leadership and teaching experience in Higher Education. He has worked and taught at AUT; New York College – NYC; State University of New York – SUNY; Institute Universitaire Kurt-Bosch; ITU; UC Berkeley; Cogswell – Silicon Valley University, and William Jessup University. Ahmad enjoys teaching Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Market Research, Organizational Teamwork, Advertising Strategies, Management Information System, Strategic Management, Business Intelligence Application, and other practical courses.

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Bhanu
Viswanadha

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

Masters in Mathematics 
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Master of Technology in Mathematical Modeling
Simulation from University of Pune, India

 

 

NetApp,  APL Ltd

Bhanu Viswanadha, PMP,PMI-ACP, CSM, SASM, SA, POPM, SDP, DASM, DASSM, TOGAF, KMP1, CSaSP, CCSK is currently working as IT Architect at NetApp. Previous positions include Program Manager at a major retail and healthcare company and Technical Leader at APL Ltd.

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Bruce
Razban

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. Computer Sciences and Management
University of Wisconsin-Madison

HP, Zilog, PayPal, National SemiConductor, PG&E

Bruce Razban has three decades of senior management in Silicon Valley, including positions at HP, PayPal, National Semiconductor, and PG&E.

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Christian
Sasso

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S., Computer Networks
Politecnico di Torino

B.S., Software Engineering
Politecnico di Torino

B.S., Game Design Engineering
Cogswell Polytechnical College

Cisco Systems
Atlanet
Softek
Nest Labs
Ericsson

Christian (Chris) is the founder of Heroic Arcade, a studio specializing in virtual and augmented reality experiences, which in 2015 won the Best in Show award at the Google Tango Competition.

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Deep
Shrivastava

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Computer Information Systems

B.S. Electronics and Communication Engineering

NS Institute of Technology, India

BITS, India

Escorts Telecom Ltd.
National Informatics Center

Deep Shikha Shrivastava brings over two decades of teaching experience to Cogswell.

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Dr. Daniel E.
Lockhart

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

DBA in Strategic Management and Marketing
University of Kentucky

MBA
West Virginia University

Bachelor of Arts in Business, Finance, and Accounting
Davis and Elkins College

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lockhart has lead various executive education sessions and consulted with corporations such as US West, Posolite Corporation, CSX, Dick Simon Trucking, and numbers small business startups.

Dr. Daniel E. Lockhart is an adjunct instructor at the University of Silicon Valley.  He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky specializing in Strategic Management and Marketing.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and an undergraduate degree in Business, Finance, and Accounting from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.  Dr. Lockhart has held several teaching, research, and administration positions.  He is currently the Master of Business Administration Director at Midway University.  Dr. Lockhart was an Assistant Dean at Zayed University Dubai of the United Arab Emirates for eight years. 

 

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Evan
Skolnick

Faculty
Professor of Practice

B.A. English, Journalism, Graphic Design

University of Connecticut

Activision
LucasArts
Electronic Arts
Disney
Ubisoft
Kabam

Evan Skolnick has over 25 years of combined story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision and Lucasfilm.

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Irv
Kalb

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Computer Science
West Coast University

B.S. Computer Science
Rutgers University

Convergent Technologies
Apple
Acuson

Irv Kalb has been teaching software development and computer-based training since 2010.

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Isabell
Fearnsby

Faculty
Associate Professor

B.A. History
UC Santa Cruz

MFA Figurative Painting
Academy of Art University

Isabell Fearnsby, professional oil painter and teacher, is known for her creative vision and love of collaboration.

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Jason
Loia

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

MBA, Harvard Business School

MSEE, Stanford University

BSEE, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Digital Chocolate, OpenDNA, AnchorFree, CyberGhost, Gaia

Jason is a seasoned technology executive who has served in various C-Level roles in Silicon Valley startups. He brings over 20 years of game production and publishing experience to the classroom, having served with industry legends such as Trip Hawkins (Founder and first-CEO of Electronic Arts), and Ilkka Paananen (CEO & Co-founder of Supercell).

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Jayeeta
Sinha

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

M.S. Mathematics
Tezpur University, India

B.S. Mathematics
Dibrugarh University, India

B.E.
Dibrugarh University, India

An organized professional with more than 6 years of teaching experience with an ability to improve student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills, Jayeeta Sinha can explain complicated Mathematical concepts in an easily understandable manner.

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Julius
Dobos

Faculty
Distinguished Professor

Weiner Leo Music School, Budapest

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Kando Kalman University, Budapest

Sony Pictures / Happy Madison
Discovery Channel
Cartoon Network
Roland Corp.
The Creative Shop
Member of AES, BMI and ARTISJUS

With over two decades of professional experience as an award-winning composer of electronic and film music, sound synthesist, sound designer & audio engineer, Julius Dobos is internationally known for his work in major motion pictures and television shows (such as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Zookeeper, Mall Cop, DragonBall Z), in new media, advertising and sound installations.

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Kay
Combs

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

EdD in Educational Leadership
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Master of Arts in Adult Education
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with emphasis in Human Resources
Midway College, Midway, Kentucky

Associate of Arts in Business
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky

 

 

KC Educational Consulting, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Skills U

Kay was born in San Francisco, California, but has made Kentucky her home for over thirty years.  She landed in Kentucky after traveling and living in several states and a few countries as her father was a seasoned Army veteran.  Kay lives in the beautiful horse country of Kentucky on the outskirts of Lexington, Kentucky where she raised her son.

 

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Michael Allan
Kaczmarek

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Graphic Design
Central Michgan University

M.A., Three Dimentional Art & Filmmaking
Academy of Art University

EA, Perpetual Entertainment, KAZcreations

Michael Kaczmarek is an educator specializing in video game engine technology with 7 full-cycle shipped AAA titles. Michael’s creative approach employs great patience and flexibility with a passion for problem solving.

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MONICA

CAPPIELLO

Faculty
Associate Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
University of Novi Sad, Serbia

M.S. Computer Science
City College of New York

Disney Feature Animation
Pixar Studio
Digital Image Movers
PDI/DreamWorks

Monica brings over 8 years of educational experience to CUSV, including titles such as Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Media.

 

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Nick
Fortino

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. East West Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies

M.A. Psychology
Sofia University

B.S. Health and Exercise Science
Sacramento State University

Nick Fortino is a psychology professor, researcher, and theorist who believes in the power of learning psychology for individual and social evolution.

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Peter
Overstreet

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

BA in Illustration
San Jose State University

Disney, Garden of Eden Entertainment, Paramount’s Great America, Konami, EA, and Sony

Peter Overstreet is a professional experiential entertainment designer, illustrator, animator, writer and director. Wearing his many hats as an entertainment design generalist – his work has been seen in print, comics, toys, film, television, video games, and in live entertainment venues.

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Phil
Campbell

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

BA (Hons) DipArch in Architecture
Brookes University, Oxford, UK

MA in Architecture
Oxford Brookes University

 

 

Eidos, Electronic Arts, Zynga

Philip Campbell has been designing interactive entertainment for over 30 years – as an architect, writer, game creator and designer.

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Preeti
Mohindru

Faculty
Full Professor

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics
University of Guelph, Canada

M.S., Mathematics (Honors)
Panjab University, India

M.S., Applied Mathematics
University of Guelph, Canada

In her doctoral program, Preeti Mohindru solved a famous mathematical problem which had gone unsolved for twenty years. As an instructor, her aim is to develop students’ problem solving skills, to ensure that they understand relevant concepts and to encourage them to communicate mathematical results and ideas clearly.

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Reid
Winfrey

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

A.A. Art
Cabrillo College

B.A. Art
UC Davis

M.F.A. Printmaking/Painting
San Jose State University

Reid Winfrey approaches realism in terms of the challenge of creating images that have “painterliness,” or the sensuality of paint and color and obvious hand of the painter.

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Richard
Chuang

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.S. Electrical Engineering
UC Davis

Pic 2
Pacific Data Images
Dreamworks Animation

Professor Richard Chuang serves as Chief Executive Officer of PIC2. Mr. Chuang is a Co-Founder of Pacific Digital Image (PDI) Dreamworks Animation Studios.

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Rosie
Katz

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Computer Video Imaging and Character Animation

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Electronic Arts

Activison/Sledgehammer Games

Rosie Katz comes to Cogswell bringing eleven years of experience working in the Game industry.

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Seth
Gillespie

Project, Program and Engagement Management
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. in Organization and Management
Capella University

MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management
UPOX

B.S. in Molecular Biology with Minor in Economics
UC San Diego

Apple, Chiron, Dell, Siemens, Chevron, Pfizer, Lucasfilm LTD (the parent company of Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts)

Dr. Seth J. Gillespie is a popular educator, speaker, lecturer and subject matter expert in a variety of fields with over 20 years of real-world experience.

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Trey
Gallaher

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

BA in Graphic Design/Illustration
San Jose State University

MFA in Illustration
Syracuse University

Xerox, Adobe, History Channel

Trey is a visual storyteller with over 14 years of educational experience. His work includes published illustrations for magazines, newspapers, ad-agencies and comics as well as visual content production for high tech Silicon Valley clients.

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Van
Phan

Faculty
Adjunct Professor

B.A. in Psychology/Economics
UCLA

M.F.A. Animation/Film
University of Southern California

Dreamworks. Industrial Light and Magic, Naughty Dog, Blue Sky, 2K games, Activision, Sony Imageworks

Van Phan’s interests in teaching comes from his love for storytelling, animation, and learning. His multidisciplinary background and breadth of experiences have given him a unique perspective and teaching pedagogy.

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