Get to Know the SIGGRAPH 2022 Committee

by | 5 March 2021 | Conferences, Industry Leaders

With SIGGRAPH 2021 on the horizon and planning for SIGGRAPH 2022 underway, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the incredible, multi-talented SIGGRAPH 2022 Committee. Meet the 2022 team below!

Photography Courtesy of SCAD

Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav (she/her)
Conference Chair
Savannah College of Art and Design
Fun Fact: It’s never been confirmed. But I might be one of the first person ever be involved with SIGGRAPH from Mongolia.

Daria Tsoupikova (she/her)
Art Gallery Chair
Univerisity of Illinois at Chicago Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), School of Design
Fun Fact: I am almost legally blind but see perfectly in the twilight like a cat and am a professional painter.

Daniel Cardoso Llach (he/him)
Art Papers Chair
Carnegie Mellon University
Fun Fact: I was born in the Andean mountain range.

Courtney Starrett (she/her)
Community Engagement Chair
Texas A&M University, Department of Visualization
Fun Fact: I was a Division I swimmer (long ago).

Tamar Shinar
Courses Chair
Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Riverside
Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Eveline Falcão (she/her)
Creative Development Chair
Fun Fact: I own a small studio called No Dead Frames, love the outdoors, play classical guitar since I was 11 years old and I’ve been involved with SIGGRAPH for about 5 years.

Monica Cappiello (she/her)
Education Liaison
Ohlone College
Fun Fact: During high school, I worked at Toys R Us as the giant but loveable Geoffrey the Giraffe. It would get so hot inside the stuffy costume, that I had to cake myself with baby powder to absorb the sweat. I wrote a short story about my experience and was published in a magazine. The memories still make me laugh!

Darin Kyoichi Grant (he/him)
Electronic Theater Director
Animal Logic
Fun Fact: I was Computer Animation Festival Director 19 years ago, too.

Mk Haley
Emerging Technologies Chair
UT Austin
Fun Fact: I was local to my first SIGGRAPH conference in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989, and my parents let a herd of Student Volunteers sleep on our porch for the week and my mom made us all breakfast every day!

Elizabeth Baumel (they/them)
Games Focus Area
Unity Technologies
Fun Fact: I’m doing daily drawings this year. I’ve done daily drawings in the past (2016 and 2019), but this year I’m focusing on watercolor and I couldn’t find a watercolor sketchbook that big, so I bound my own sketchbook.

Chris Redmann (he/him)
General Submissions Chair
Unity Technologies
Fun Fact: I enjoy designing and building furniture.

Stanley Chan (he/him)
GraphicsNet Chair
Fun Fact: I type in a non-standard keyboard layout called Colemak.

Derek Ham (he/him)
Immersive Pavilion Chair
NC State University College of Design, Department Head of Art + Design
Fun Fact: I have three kids (all under the age of 10) who constantly beat me in Super Smash Bros.

June Kim (she/her)
International Resources Committee Chair
UNSW Art & Design
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with symmetry, but so is my husband!

Kristy Pron
Walt Disney Imagineering
Fun Fact: I was conference chair for the first virtual SIGGRAPH, and I once played in the U.S. Open (tennis) qualifying tournament 5 years ago. I lost … so I didn’t quit my day job, ha!

Olga Diamanti (she/her)
Posters Chair
Technical University of Graz, Austria
Fun Fact: I live for those moments of getting lost, in music, traveling, and matters of the human mind.

John Kalaigian (he/him)
Production Sessions Chair
Blue Sky Studios
Fun Fact: I built both a 7-foot-tall Snoopy and an 8-foot-wide Snoopy doghouse… for fun. 🙂

Yibing Jiang (she/her)
Real-Time Live! Chair
Unity Technologies
Fun Fact: I’m watching animation movies as business expenses. I modified all my clothes.

Roy C. Anthony
Special Projects Chair
Affiliation Coming Soon
Fun Fact: I tune my guitar CGDgbd.

Diana Arellano (she/her)
Student Volunteers Chair
Mackevision, part of Accenture Interactive
Fun Fact: I am a certified Zumba instructor.

Niloy J. Mitra (he/him)
Technical Papers Chair
University College London and Adobe Research
Fun Fact: I love reading, cooking, and nature.

Yangos Hadjiyannis (he/him)
VR Theater Director
Kreis Immersive
Fun Fact: My dream trip is going to Tokyo and watching the full anime/videogames/cultural opening ceremony for the Olympics.

Editor’s Note: Two additional chairs were selected and confirmed after this initial posting. Meet the Frontiers and Lead chairs below!

Vasthal Veena Shashidhar (he/him)
Frontiers Chair
Facebook Reality Labs
Fun Fact: Vasthal “accidentally encountered” the SIGGRAPH 2015 conference while on a walk in downtown L.A., prompting him to attend. Following the event, he switched majors in his master’s program in order to pursue a career in computer graphics.

Jessica Glass (she/her)
Lead Chair
Fun Fact: Jessica co-founded Western Canada’s first immersive film festival, YVRFF (Vancouver VR Film Festival).

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