Matt Wallin, Associate Professor, Communication Arts, VCU

Matt Wallin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and an internationally renown visual effects artist, technical director and filmmaker. He has created compelling visual effects for feature films and broadcasts for over twenty years. For nearly a decade, Wallin worked as a digital compositor at Industrial Light & Magic. Matt created 2D and 3D effects for movies such as “Twister”, “The Mummy”, “Star Wars: The Special Edition(s)” and “101 Dalmatians” among others. A full list of visual effects credits can be found on IMDb.

Wallin has also worked for Warner Brothers, Tippett Studio, Weta Digital, Brainstorm Digital, Activision and MPC on films and games including “King Kong”, “Matrix: Revolutions”, “Hellboy”, “Constantine”, “The Watchmen” & “Call of Duty: Black Ops”. Wallin served as the Visual Effects Supervisor for American artist, Matthew Barneyʼs “Cremaster Cycle”, “De Lama Lamina” and “Drawing Restraint 9”.

Matt is a full member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) and a guest host on the international podcast, “The VFX Show”, available for free on iTunes. Wallin has worked with some of the leading artists and filmmakers working today including: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Peter Jackson, the Wachowski Brothers, Guillermo Del Toro, Matthew Barney, Madonna, Bjork, Richard Serra, Keith Edmier, Stephen Sommers, Robert Zemeckis, Barry Lev- inson, Francis Lawrence, Zach Snyder & others.


Robert Meganck, Professor Emeritus, VCU

Robert Meganck is a professor of illustration, graphic design and digital imaging in the Depart- ment of Communication Arts. He is a freelance illustrator/ graphic designer and president of Communication Design, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Robert has received over 300 national/international awards for his research and professional practice in illustration and graphic design, and been recognized for excellence by such organization as The Society of Illustrators (N.Y.), The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, American Illustration and The Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. His work has been included in a variety of national reviews including Communication Arts Magazine’s Illustration and Design Annuals, American Illustration Annuals, Print Magazine’s Region Design Annuals, The Society of Illustrators Annuals, and 3x3 (The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration). 

Dr. Peter Martin, Retired Adjunct Faculty, Physics Department, VCU

Since 1998 Dr. Peter Martin has been employed by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in both full-time and part-time faculty positions. He has helped develop and teach a course on conceptual physics for non-scientists at the VCU Richmond campus and has taught physics and mathematics at the VCU School of the Design Arts in Qatar. He received Bachelors, and Masters degrees in mathematics and physics from Cambridge University, England, and a Doctorate in physics from The College of William and Mary. After a career in industrial research where he worked in both technology and management and was awarded more than 10 patents, he elected to take early retirement in 1998. He helped develop the “Wonders of Technology” course at VCU, wrote and published the studio manual used in the course, and is stimulated by the challenge of transferring his own enthusiasm for physics and technology to students with relatively poor science and mathematical backgrounds.

He received a Distinguished Adjunct Faculty award at VCU-Richmond in 2009, and has many papers and presentations in the fields of optical inspection, laser processing, environmental monitoring, air filtration, physics education and nuclear physics. He is currently a member of the Graduate Advisory Board at The College of William and Mary, the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International School of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Editorial Advisory Board of “Filtration News”.