Engineers Use Skills In Digital Environments


Engineer, Mad inventor and recent Canadian New Media Awards Programmer of the Year, Dan Zen, is a Professor at Sheridan in the Interactive Multimedia Program.

“Building interactive multimedia environments like games, gadgets, and tools is a lot like building physical inventions” states Dan Zen. “I have build hundreds of inventions and in 1995 I started building them for the Web. Instead of gears, I use programming loops, mechanical switches are replaced with interface buttons and so on.”

The ergonomics, design, physics, etc. that go into engineering decisions are also required in modelling and creating for interactive multimedia. Engineers are very inventive. Inginuity and creativity is a key for Canada to lead the world in the digital arena.

Engineers also have math and physics skills that are sought after in the visualization world both to work with motion graphics effects like elasticity in interface elements and to truly model environments in areas such as e-learning.

The Sheridan one year post-grad Interactive Multimedia program combines programming and design to make Web applications and tools; games and puzzles; artistic and experimental work; and simulations for education and entertainment. Graduates can do everything from audio visual and motion graphics to database communications and multi-user applications.

Applications will be accepted until the end of the summer. Successful applicants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Please contact or visit for information on how to apply to this exciting and ever-changing field.

Apply now and extend your Engineering skills.

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