Tim McLaughlin joined the faculty of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture in September 2007 and became Head of the new Department of Visualization in January 2008. He continues to hold that position.
Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M Tim worked in the visual effects industry at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd. in San Francisco, California where he led teams of artists and research scientists developing processes and producing groundbreaking award winning visual effects for films. His credit list includes 15 theatrically released feature film projects including Mars Attacks! (1996) Star Wars: Episode I (1999), Van Helsing (2004) and War of the Worlds (2005). The work of Tim’s technical artists contributed directly to Science & Technology Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences being given to teams of ILM researchers in 1998, 2001, and 2013. These awards represent the highest film industry recognition for technical excellence.
At Texas A&M, Tim’s undergraduate teaching area involves collaborative student projects that include computer animation production techniques and visual storytelling. His graduate teaching and research work focuses on developing animation systems for character articulation and deformation.