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Austin is an international educator and Lecturer of Game Development in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, co-founder of the International Game Developers Association (Ann Arbor Chapter), and President of Arbor Interactive, a local game and software development firm (www.arborinteractive.com).
A long-time hobbyist game developer, Austin got his taste of professional game development in the summer of 2014 with an internship at Maxis (Electronic Arts) where he helped engineer 2015’s top selling computer game, The Sims 4. Austin has taught EECS 494 (www.eecs494.com) for 6+ semesters. His students have achieved positions at prestigious game developers such as Sony Santa Monica, Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Volition, Zynga, Google, Gaudium, NetEase, Jackbox Games, Roblox, Stardock, and Amazon Game Studios.
In addition to stops at EA Mobile and Facebook, Austin served as President of the Wolverine Soft game development organization from 2011 – 2014. He co-founded the Ann Arbor chapter of the International Game Developers Association (www.igda2.org), curates the MichiGames Arcade Cabinet, mentors the Huron High School Game Development Team, consults with technology startups in downtown Ann Arbor, and organizes multi-university exhibitions with Eastern Michigan University and Lawrence Technological University. He acquired a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in 2015 and 2018, respectively. His research interests include non-gaming applications of game development tools, technologies, and techniques. Learn more at www.ayarger.com. Find his itch.io here.
Eashwar Mohan is a master’s student studying computer science at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and the co-founder and president of the UMich Video Game Music Club. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in May of 2020.
Primarily a game and web developer as well as a musician, Eashwar has worked with Austin Yarger and Professor Matthew Thompson throughout his bachelor’s degree at Michigan to study game development for music education, video game piano performance, and game audio. He has previously worked at game engine company Roblox as well as at software company TechSmith and insurance agency company Delta Dental of Michigan, having participated in internships at those companies since 2017. He is currently working towards his master’s degree.
Feel free to contact Eashwar to chat about game development, game audio, music production, and software engineering as a whole. You can contact him at [email protected] and learn more about his personal projects at eash.dev.
Amber Renton is a junior studying computer science at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. She is the current president of the University’s premier game development organization WolverineSoft, as well as the current Studio Director of WolverineSoft’s student games studio. In her past 2 years at WolverineSoft, she has also held the positions of Art Director and Design Lead.
In her time as a game developer, Amber has co-founded an indie games studio called Abaca Games, released Abaca Games’ sole project on the App and Play Stores, and interned at local AR games studio SpellBound. Along with a few personal game projects, she has also participated in multiple game jams. Although her primary career focus is programming, she is a long-time artist with a knack for digital illustration, character design, and animation.
Feel free to contact Amber at any time to discuss anything, including game design and development, web development, all things art, and so on! Her email is [email protected] Feel free to check out her online portfolio at amberr.dev.
Luke Lowery is a senior in Computer Science in the College of Engineering. He is planning to graduate this coming April, and is hoping to start a career in software engineering or networking security. This is his second semester on the course staff after taking the course last year, and you can check out his final group project here: https://rajasg.itch.io/janitoria.
Luke is interested in video game design and development as well as software engineering and just about any cutting edge computer science topics. He also has taken interest in digital art and design as a new hobby.
He can be reached at [email protected] or through the class discord if you are interested in talking about any of these topics, have questions or just want to say hello