Arts and Humanities Distinguished University Chair
Thomas Linehan has an extensive background in both corporate management and educational administration, having served as a college president, a corporate vice president, a research laboratory director, a professor and a public school teacher. His work in research and development with arts and technology includes sponsored research projects in serious game design for training US Army troops. In addition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded his work in the professional development of high school teachers.
Linehan has developed premiere degree programs in media arts and animation technology, including Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, Texas A&M University’s Visualization Laboratory and The Ringling College of Art and Design’s Computer Animation Program. His experience creating these programs led to the development of the UT Dallas Arts and Technology program as we know it today.
While serving as a consultant, Linehan was instrumental in developing similar programs in The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Canada. Currently the Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering, he holds a PhD in Art Education/Computer Animation from The Ohio State University.