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Morehshin Allahyari, 2018 Recipient of the Recent Alumni Achievement Award

After receiving her MA (2009) in Digital Media Studies at DU, Morehshin Allahyari went on to complete her MFA in new media art at the University of North Texas in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre (2013); Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015); Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015); the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin (2016); and Eyebeam's one-year Research Residency in New York (2016–2017).
Allahyari recently received funding through the Rhizome Commissions program to expand her in-progress body of work, She Who Sees the Unknown. The project explores symbolic meanings of monstrous female figures from the Middle East and uses storytelling, re-appropriation, 3D printing, and digital archiving to create a platform and space for discussions about the effects of colonialism and contemporary oppression.

Bryan Waddell

As the Creative Technologies Director, Waddell, EDP M.A. alum (2013), oversees all aspects of gtc.Artists With Machines' Digital Manufacturing through all two dimensional and three dimensional product lines as well as assisting with new client development and educating them on gtc's creative processes. His directional duties range from pre-production planning and raw material sourcing through the completion and installation of finished product on client sites. Functional areas of responsibility include procurement, inventory control, production scheduling, production team management (30-50 employees) and manufacturing through Digital Prepress, Digital Print, Print Finishing, Vinyl Plotting, Laser Cutting, CNC Routing, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, EDM Wire (foam), CNC Lathe (foam), Vacuum Forming and Silkscreen Processes. Additionally, he is responsible for the oversight and implementation of quality control and assurance processes with all senior digital production team members.

Sonya Unrein

DMS M.A. alumna (2003) co-owns Ghost Road Press, an independent literary press publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction titles. The press has 20 books slated for 2006, and has a strong editorial and design internship program. The press has attracted award winning authors and poets, including Denver's new Poet Laureate, Chris Ransick. They recently published a book of advice for writers, by writers, in conjunction with the Colorado Authors' League: "Writing, Etc." The press conducts a yearly writing contest for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and is planning a "First Novel" contest for 2007. Sonya said she would never have been able to tackle the launch of the press without the skills and concepts she learned in the Digital Media Studies program at DU.

Lisa Ray

DMS M.A. alum (2005) has accepted a position with KUSA-TV, NBC Channel 9 here in Denver as a video editor/graphics producer. She works specifically for a program that airs live daily at 10am called "Colorado and Company" - an "advertorial" that focuses on Colorado, CO business and happenings. In her position, she edits video, produces graphics and shoots video for the program. During the live segments, she is behind the scenes helping prepare guests for their appearance, running teleprompter or camera, etc... Soon, she will be more involved in a website redesign that will include more interactive elements.

Jennifer Moore-Evans

DMS M.A. alum leaves DU's University Technology Services to head educational program for SanDisk.

Angela Stubauer

DMS M.A. alum (2004) has been hired as a junior consultant in digital communications at a medium-sized ad agency in Cologne, Germany.

Judianne Triglia

DMS M.A. alum (2004) has been hired by Tribune Company as Executive Producer/Editor for Merge, a news Web site for 18- to 34-year-olds, that is launching this year. She will be managing the online staff as well as creating some edgy Web/multimedia content.

Nils Thingvall

DMS M.A. alum (2004) has taken on the position of Web Design Specialist for the Orange County Library System.

Marc W. Wren

DMS B.A. alum (2002) Head Art Director, and cyberjockey/web programmer, Tre Rudig, DMS M.A. alum (2004), are heading up the design and tech department for the world's first Internet television network, ManiaTV!