Matt Byrnes

Matt Byrnes - Animator

Assistant Professor, Department Chair
Office: DADM 200-I
Phone: (575) 527-7573

Classes Taught:
CMT 150: 2D Animation
CMT 221: Internship
CMT 295: Portfolio Design & Development
CMT: 298 Independent Study

After several years of working in social work in between a bit of world traveling, I settled down in Las Cruces, NM. I was awarded my Associate degree in Digital Graphics Technology in 2001. Worked my way through my Bachelor’s degree while mostly working as a full-time game designer and animator for NMSU’s Media Productions. I also worked as the part-time 2D Animation instructor for the Creative Media Program at DACC. In 2009 I became the Department Chair. Always trying to innovate and grow, bring exciting professionals to work with students, and a dedicated life-long learner myself.

A. Positions and Honors
2009 – Department Chair, ARTS, DACC/NMSU Las Cruces, NM
2003 – 2009 Senior Multimedia Designer, Media Productions, NMSU Las Cruces, NM
2001 – 2003 Multimedia Specialist, RETA Project, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM
2001 – 2006 Adjunct Animation Instructor, DACC/NMSU Las Cruces, NM
2000 – 2001 Graphic Artist/Animator
1997 – 2000 Service Coordinator, Tresco Inc., Las Cruces, NM

ACTE -Association for Career and Technical Education
ADDA – American Design and Drafting Association

Vice President, Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation, Las Cruces, NM
Founding Member & Former Vice Chair, Rio Grande ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter
Founding Member & Former Vice Chair, Friends of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks
Board Member, High Tech Consortium of Southern NM
Committee Member, Court Youth Center Capital Campaign
Working Group Member, NM Computing Applications Center, Digital Media Alliance
Panel Member, NM High Tech Consortium - Digital Media Summit
Panel Member (Education & Workforce Development), Digital Media Summit, Santa Fe Dec 2010
Judge, NMBEST Robotics Competition, 2010 & 2011
Site Administrator and Participant, Global Game Jam

2016 Adobe Certified Trainer
2011 Adobe Certified Associate: Rich Media Communication
2011 Doña Ana Community College Rising Star Award
2010 ACE Award of Excellence - International SIG
2009 ACE Outstanding Professional Skill Award
2009 ACE Pioneer Award
2008 ACE Professional Award
2005 National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge

B. Creative Works - Just a few of my old choice work.

Following are numerous animation and game projects I was involved with. My role varied depending on the project. Essentially I did much of the writing, design, production management and animation direction.

Math Snacks
Overruled Math Snacks
Rulers value proper units and proportional details. Writing, direction, animation and sound.

Scale Ella: Scale Ella
A crusading superhero clarifies and uses scale factor. Writing, direction, production management.

Pearl Diver: Pearl Diver
Mini-game that facilitates understanding of equality on number line. Game design, illustration, production management.

Science Pirates - Downloadable Game: Science Pirates
Science Pirates: The Curse of Brownbeard is a 3D educational computer game that communicates food safety knowledge in an environment of scientific exploration. Formative assessment, art direction, production tracking and management, design, animation direction, programming, writing.

Nutrition Decision: Nutrition Decision
Education Based games to teach middle school kids how to read nutrition labels. Design, illustration, animation, programming.

Transpiration NSF Honorable Mention 2005 Science Mag
Learn the basics of transpiration -- the transportation of water through plants from soil to leaves to atmosphere -- with this playful animation created by weed physiologist Tracy Sterling and animator Matt Byrnes. Interactive features allow you to explore the process including how changing environmental conditions can impact how fast water moves.

Eat Move Learn: Eat Move Learn
A classroom exploration on energy balance. Design, illustration, animation, programming.

Chinese Food Safety Activities: Chinese Food Safety Activities
This section contains six fun and interactive activities that will help Chinese-speaking food-service workers learn key food safety concepts. The activities are in both English and Simplified Chinese. The activities should be completed as homework and will help students “practice” what has been learned in class. Design, illustration, animation, programming.

Poetry Idea Engine: Poetry Engine
Get your poetry juices flowing with the Poetry Idea Engine. Created with GoCyberCamp, this activity will allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more! I did everything here. Design, illustration, animation, programming.