Final Report 2017

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NEW COMCAST MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER IS LAUNCHED An Exciting Blend of Technical and Creative Learning The University of Colorado Denver is proud to announce the opening of the Comcast Media and Technology Center. This new academic facility is designed specifically to cultivate technical and creative skills in the ever-changing media and technology sectors. “The Comcast Media and Technology Center is an example of how CU Denver works with our industry partners to develop innovative approaches to the problems of today,” asserts CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell. Located in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus, this multi-disciplinary facility will focus on engaging audiences in collaborative activities involving the latest approaches to the research, creation and delivery of new media in all its forms. The new facility is made possible by a generous cash and in-kind contribution from Comcast. The Comcast Media and Technology Center will be a place for students, researchers, Comcast employees and the greater community to build partnerships. It will be a breeding ground for the development of new technologies as well as programs such as Computer Graphics and Visual Effects. “The Comcast Media and Technology Center will help to empower the professionals of today and tomorrow with the skills they need to innovate the next generation of rich, immersive media experiences,” comments Matt McConnell, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Technology Solutions. Student creations could include new user interfaces, computer games, virtual reality projects or just about anything that blends technology and art. “We don’t have any predefined limits about what topics we’ll be doing and what will come out of this center,” says Min-Hyung Choi, a professor of computer science and engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. “This is the starting point for now. I think we have a lot of interesting ideas.” The Center will feature the latest digital technology and receive frequent upgrades to keep up with swift advancements in industry standards. “Denver is the ideal place where our college can align with Comcast to advance the creative economy and the tools necessary to succeed after graduation,” said College of Arts & Media Dean Laurence Kaptain. Comcast will offer internships to CU Denver students involved in the center, in continuing their mission to invest in the community. 7

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