What is the Digital Assistant Program?

The Digital Assistant program is offered through the University of Minnesota College of Design's School of Architecture. The program's goal is to increase digital design literacy within the college by providing assistance to instructors and students through Digital Assistants that conduct class and small group digital design tutorials. Digital Assistants (DAs) are mostly graduate students in Architecture who have experience using various digital design programs to produce high quality work. 

Schedule a Tutorial or Request a Digital Assistant: contact program coordinator, Andrea Johnson, at andreajj@umn.edu.


Meet the Digital Assistants

2014-2015

Sam Daley (GDIII)
email: daley045@umn.edu

Skills:
AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, Firefly, Pachube, Diva, VRay, 3ds Max, Premiere, CNC, 3D Printer.

Sam has experience translating point cloud data into complex models in Rhino and he has used these models to gerneate 3d animations and 3d print models. He has also collected real-time data with Grasshopper, Firefly, and Pachube. He has leveraged that data for computation and design that has responded in real time by driving solenoid valves and servo motors to change environmental conditions.

Molly Dalsin (GDII)
email: dimo0026@umn.edu

Skills:



Travis Herr (GDI)
email: herr0267@umn.edu

Skills:
Creative Suite, Revit, 3ds Max, VRay, AutoCAD, Inventor , SketchUp.

Travis has experience working in a firm that used Revit for all projects and coordinating with Structural/MEP firms. He has completed several sets of construction documents using revit. As part of the firm he was responsible for creating renderings using Revit, 3ds Max, Vray, and the Adobe Creative Suite.



Joe Mollen (GDIII)

email: molle030@umn.edu

Skills:
Proficient in Adobe Suite (Photshop, Indesign, Illustrator), Sketchup, and Lumion. Familiar with Rhino, Kerkythea, AutoCAD, Revit, VRay



Elliot Olney (GDII)
email: olney005@umn.edu

Skills:
Revit, 3DS Max, VRay, SketchUp, Grasshopper, Adobe CS, AutoCAD, Rhino

Elliot has experience with visualization in VRay and 3DS Max/Sketchup. He has developed workflow from Revit to 3DS Max for visualizations to accompany CDs. He also has experience in using parametric modeling to do physical casting.



Dustin Schipper (GDI)
email: schip062@umn.edu

Skills:
Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhino, Revit, SketchUp, Maya, some Grasshopper, some VRay




Theodore Wright (GDII)
email: wrigh832@umn.edu

Skills:
Adobe Suite, Sketchup, 3ds Max for rendering, AutoCAD, Basic Rhino, Laser Printers, CNC router, Plasma Cutter, Render Farm



Jinguang Xie (UGIII)
email: xiexx331@umn.edu

Skills:
Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Grasshopper, T-splines, PanellingTools, RhinoBIM, VisualARQ, SketchUp, Rhino Rendering, Laser Cutter, 3D Printer.

Jinguang has proficient skills in Photoshop and Rhino. His personal interest is digital architectural design. He is willing to help people generate complex curved forms in Rhino.



2013-2014

Phil Bussey (GDIII)
email: buss0136@umn.edu

Skills:
Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, CNC, Vacuum Forming

Phil's experience working in a design firm strengthened his Revit skills through modeling complex geometry, setting up drawing sets, and drafting details. He also has experience setting up work flows for translating information from grasshopper to rhino and to revit for a facade design consultant. He has used Kangaroo to simulate the drape depth of variably vacuum-formed panels. Take a look at his work on the north wall of the front office!



Sam Daley (GDII)
email: daley045@umn.edu

Skills:
AutoCad, Rhino, Grasshopper, Firefly, Pachube, Diva, VRay, 3ds Max, Premiere, CNC, 3d Printer

Sam has experience translating point cloud data into complex models in Rhino and he has used these models to gerneate 3d animations and 3d print models. He has also collected real-time data with Grasshopper, Firefly, and Pachube. He has leveraged that data for computation and design that has responded in real time by driving solenoid valves and servo motors to change environmental conditions.



John Greene (GDIII)
email: gree1609@umn.edu

Skills:
Rhino, Adobe CS, CNC fabrication, Grasshopper, Revit, Diva (soon)

John has experience creating complex models in Rhino and the workflow between Rhino and Revit. He has design/build experience with an emphasis on constant prototyping and work-flows optimizing responsiveness during fabrication. He is also familiar with modeling parametric volumes and surfaces in Grasshopper. John was a part of the team that designed and built the new front office desk, bench, and shelving system. 

Sangyong Hahn (GDIII)
email: hahnx199@umn.edu

Skills:
Rhino, Diva for Rhino, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Adobe CS, Sefaira, IES VE

Sangyong has experience with 3D modeling in Rhino and Sketchup, analytical tools like Sefaira, Diva for Rhino, and IES VE, and graphic tools like Adobe CS. He is also interested in the workflow between those softwares.



Hwan Kim (GDIII)
email: kimx3101@umn.edu

Skills:
Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, Diva, Kangaroo, Geco and Ecotect

Hwan has experience working on two installation projects using Rhino and Grasshopper. He has also done a parametric design study for facade consulting.



Nicholas Kramer (GDI)
email: krame407@umn.edu

Skills:
Rhino, Grasshopper, VRay, RhinoCAM, VisualARQ, Adobe CS/CC, CNC Fabrication, Laser Cutters, 3D printers, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Some Revit

Nicholas' experience is in complex and advanced modeling in Rhino, and he has advanced knowledge in computer to digital fabrication workflow. He has some experience with parametric modeling and visualization tools, and above average knowledge of VRay for Rhino.



Claire Lonsbury (GDIII)
email: ante0009@umn.edu

Skills:
Revit, Adobe CS, SketchUp, AutoCAD, laser cutters, some Rhino & Grasshopper

Claire's has experience drafting, modeling, and rendering in Revit and she is fluent in drafting in AutoCAD. She has extensive experience with Adobe Creative Suite, and the workflows between AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe to produce final drawings and renderings (through Photoshop).



Elliot Olney (GDI)
email: olney005@umn.edu

Skills:
Revit, 3DS Max, VRay, SketchUp, Grasshopper, Adobe CS, AutoCAD, Rhino

Elliot has experience with visualization in VRay and 3DS Max/Sketchup. He has developed workflow from Revit to 3DS Max for visualizations to accompany CDs. He also has experience in using parametric modeling to do physical casting.


Christina Stark (GD II)
email: smit7224@umn.edu

Skills:
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino [ + Paneling Tools Plug-In], Revit, Adobe CS, Laser Cutters, Some Grasshopper, DIVA, and CNC

Christina has 6 years academic experience using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe CS6 and Rhino, as well as 2.5 years of firm experience using those programs and Revit. Christina has run a DIVA for Grasshopper tutorial at the University of Minnesota College of Design.