Video game programming students visit game developer

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Video game programming students visit game developer

Published: February 25, 2013.

(Left to right) Jose Marquez, Nathan Jordan, Jose Guzman, Mark
Braasch, Ryan Jessen, James Mikolasek, Geoffrey
Powell, Christopher Pelech, Corey Wagemann, Kevin Krewer,
Peter Allen, Joseph Bretz and James Bretz

Students in the Lewis University Video Game Programming II course visited computer science alumna Dr. Dana Dominiak and her video game development company Webfoot Technologies in Lemont.

Dominiak is a 1991 alumna in Computer Science and Art at Lewis and is the founder and owner of Webfoot Technologies. The company has created over 100 video games including Dragon Ball Z® and Hello Kitty®. Since graduating from Lewis University, Dominiak also has served on the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor.

On Feb. 14, the students toured the facility and witnessed how Webfoot develops games for a variety of gaming platforms. They discussed the interaction of artists and programmers, the distribution process with developers and publishers, how code is written and maintained for multiple platforms, the importance of C++ and OpenGL, marketing, and navigating the ups and downs of sales trends.

“It was very gracious of Dr. Dominiak to open her company's doors to us, because it gave a real-world connection to what the students are learning in class,” Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, commented.

Students enrolled in Klump’s class and trip participants included: Jose Marquez (Joliet), Nathan Jordan (Romeoville), Jose Guzman (Joliet), Mark Braasch (New Lenox), Ryan Jessen (New Lenox), James Mikolasek (Lemont), Geoffrey Powell (Upland, Calif.), Christopher Pelech (Joliet), Corey Wagemann (Plainfield) and Kevin Krewer (Arlington Heights).

Several Lewis University alumni are currently employed at Webfoot. Peter Allen of Willowbrook earned a Computer Science degree in May 2011, Joseph Bretz of Chicago earned an Aviation Administration degree in May 2012 and James Bretz of Chicago earned a Computer Science degree in May 2012.

During its 40-year history, the Lewis University Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology including the opening of four new labs to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices and better equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships in the field, while being enrolled as students.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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Kim Watson said:
Dr. Klump is very passionate about IT! Although we have only communicated via email, his enthusiasm and knowledge has been tremendously helpful to me personally. Lewis and the students are fortunate to have him.

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