Interactive Computer Graphics Faculty

FTC Interactive Computer Graphics Division Faculty

Christine Squitieri

Assistant Professor; Interim Chair, Interactive Computer Graphics
B.F.A., New York Institute of Technology

Christine SquiteriChristine Squitieri’s passion for 3D design has brought her to FTC from an incredibly diverse spectrum of disciplines. After receiving her BFA in Computer Graphics from NYIT in 1998, she worked for a leading video game developer creating 3D models and animations. Later in her career, she found herself being trained in blacksmithing and sculptural metal working. Just prior to joining the FTC faculty, she specialized in the concept and development of unique sculptural forms and custom design solutions for events, stage sets, exhibits, retail environments and new product prototypes for various fabrication companies. Christine brings an imaginative and forward-thinking mindset while maintaining a realistic approach to production and fabrication.

As a fearless Designer, she deeply values the power of imagination within constraints and enjoy opportunities to “create something from nothing.”

Karen Pellechia

Professor, Interactive Computer Graphics; Dean of Online Education Division
B.A., Queens College
M.F.A., Brooklyn College

Karen Pellecchia has been serving as both educator and administrator in Higher Education for over 30 years. She has served as mentor and senior faculty member at several institutions specializing in studio art and application of design principles. Earning an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College, Pellecchia received the Charles G. Shaw graduate award for distinction in the painting medium, and was the recipient of a Full Fellowship at the Vermont Studio awarded by renowned artist Wolf Kahn. Her work is part of international and corporate collections and has been featured in several interior design publications. Throughout her career, Pellecchia has expanded her art to fashion, interior and landscape design. Her fashion designs have been sold at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC; Mitsukoshi and Lane Crawford, Japan; and have been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Elements, and W Magazine.

Julie Haring

B.F.A., Cooper Union School; M.A., New York Institute of Technology; M.S., Long Island University

Julie Haring, a successful professional in the field of Motion Graphics, holds a MA in Communication Arts from NYIT and an MS Ed from Long Island University.

During her many years in digital design and animation, Professor Haring has worked in small creative teams on a broad range of projects for local broadcast, medical simulation, virtual reality, and corporate events. She has designed and animated branded and original assets for clients such as Cablevision, SmileTrain, Canon USA, Inc., Weight Watchers, and ABC.

She has also brought her expertise and creative skills to educational projects to include online course design for corporate training at Canon USA, Inc. and virtual exhibit components for the Heckscher Museum and Huntington Long Island School District.

Adjunct Interactive Computer Graphics Faculty

Paul Biedermann, Instructor
B.F.A., Washington University in St. Louis (School of Design & Visual Arts)

Kristy Caratzola, Instructor
B.F.A., LIU Southampton; M.F.A., LIU Post

Brad Darrohn, A.A., Instructor
Suffolk County Community College; BS, Full Sail University

Robert Field, Assistant Professor
B.A., LIU Post; M.A., Syracuse University

Kenneth Geary, A.S., Instructor
SUNY Farmingdale; BSEE, Polytechnic Institute of NY

Nick Selvaggio, Instructor
B.S., New York Institute of Technology

Adam Tatz, Instructor
B.F.A., University of Delaware