Purdue Calumet student, Crown Point resident is animated about his future

2013-05-16T13:33:00Z Purdue Calumet student, Crown Point resident is animated about his futureKaren Holland | Secretary for the Office of University Relations and Purdue University Calumet nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Igor Manevski is intrigued by animation.

Hoping to learn how to create animated movies is what attracted him to Purdue University Calumet and its computer graphics technology program some six years ago.

After he graduates Sunday with a baccalaureate degree, the Crown Point resident and Dean’s List student is optimistic about landing a job in the graphics unit of a Chicago mobile application company.

“It’s looking promising,” the 26-year-old native of Macedonia said.

Then again, he has been a glass half full kind of guy throughout his life.

After moving to America with his parents and sister when he was 10, “I was able to speak English fluently within two months,” he said.

It was during his years at Crown Point High School that he became interested in animation.

“As I watched TV, I took special notice of the fantastic (computer graphics) animated scenes and their details,” he said. “After reading about the software that’s used to design those scenes, I really got interested.”

When the cost of attending an out-of-state animation technical school proved prohibitive and a closer-to-home alternative came up short in his expectations, he turned to Purdue Calumet.

“My sister also came here and graduated in 2003 in criminal justice and gerontology,” Manevski said. “She brought me the (university) catalog; that’s how I found out about Purdue Calumet’s CGT program with a track in animation.”

For his senior design project in animation, he has researched efficiency in computer graphics imaging and developed a series of 3-dimensional, rigid body animated scenes. One is a sports car that he brought to life from his own design inspired by Lamborghini among other super and hyper cars.

“I designed my car from the inspiration of other super cars,” he said. “I added detail that attempts to demonstrate emotion that is so convincing my car appears real.”

What also appears real, according to Purdue Calumet Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology Magesh Chandramouli, is a bright future for his student.

“Igor is one of the most talented and responsible students I have worked with,” the professor said. “Owing to his diligence and unwavering commitment, he will scale great heights in his career.”

Reflecting on his Purdue Calumet experience, one that also has included opportunities to serve as a teacher’s assistant tutor, hold a few part-time jobs, conduct freelance work and participate on the men’s tennis squad, Manevski said, “Purdue Calumet has prepared me for greater responsibilities, higher thinking and tackling projects with research. We’re here to learn how to learn in a timely fashion, and I feel well prepared to continue my lifelong learning.”

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