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Alumni Talks: The Value of a Design Education

October 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

Presentation by Taubman College alumnus, Dennis Jones (B.Arch’66). Open to all students, light lunch will be provided.

Mr. Jones is an Associate Professor and member of the faculty of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1995 the University of Arkansas honored Professor Jones as Distinguished Professor and Minority Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, followed by a Master of Science in Architecture degree and postgraduate study at Columbia University.

Mr. Jones teaches a design studio stressing the integration of computing into the design process. He also teaches courses in C/C++, and three dimensional graphics programming; as well as courses in computer modeling, animation and and virtual environments. Prior to his current academic appointment, Mr. Jones was a member of the faculties at Yale University and Mississippi State University.

Mr. Jones is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects and a charter member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

He maintains an active consulting practice in computer graphics and information systems applications. In 1998 Mr. Jones co-founded 9th Insight, Inc with Javier Krasuk and Florencia San Martin. 9th Insight is a multimedia and internet service company.

In 2005 Professor Jones co-founded Quantum Matrix Holdings, LLC a software development company focusing on multimedia database and graphics applications. Mr. Jones serves as President of 9th Insight, and as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Quantum Matrix Holdings, LLC, located in Centenial Colorado. 9th Insight’s offices are located in Metropolitan Washington D. C. Milan Italy and Madrid, Spain. 9th Insight was recently honored to be an exhibitor at the Smithsonian Institute on web technology in the 21st century.

In professional architectural practice, from 1971 to 1979 Jones was a principal and director of computer services for the Ehrenkrantz Group, New York, New York. Prior to this he worked for Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York and Chicago, where he was a senior designer and was involved in computer applications research and development. His research work in video technology, Computer Graphics Imagery (CGI) and animation appears frequently in national publications such as Architecture Magazine. Mr. Jones has served as a Design Resource Expert for the National Mayor’s Institute on Design and has served since 1980 as a panelist and member of the advisory panel of the Design Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Jones is a speaker of national and international reputation, he won the honor of best paper at a recent International conference on Systems Research and Informatics and Cybernetics held in Baden, Baden Germany. He has spoken at the National American Institute of Architects convention. In July 2002. Professor Jones was invited to speak at The 6th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. the Netherlands. His topic was the Quantum Matrix a three dimensional multi-media document retrieval interface for Building information Management (BIM). Capable of projecting 3D imagery into virtual stereoscopic space. The most recent version has been modified to a more genreralized form, suitable for handheld mobile devices and the desktop. In 2008 the invention was issued a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Quantum Matrix was selected as one of 12 finalist from a field of over 500 submissions in the International “Mobile Rules,” Technology Innovation Competition sponsored by Silicon Valley high-tech companies and venture capitalist. He and the Quantum Matrix were presented at an awards ceremony held in the San Jose, California City Hall Routnda; subsequent to this Jones was invited to present his invention, at the Nokia Technology Expo in Espoo – Helsinki, Finland.


October 7, 2010
11:30 am