André Thomas’s passion for game-based learning resonates inside and outside the classroom. A graduate of LCAD MFA in Game Design and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. André founded and serves as the director of the LIVE Lab in the Visualization program at Texas A&M University, where he also teaches game design, game development, and interactive graphics techniques. In 2014, he founded Triseum, where he serves as CEO and leads the creation of its award-winning academic video games. André has been named one of the top 100 EdTech influencers. He is an EdTech Leadership award winner, former National Academy of Sciences board member, National Arts Education Association lead instructor, and Chillennium Game Jam chair. André has also been invited to speak at numerous education and technology events in the U.S. and abroad, including SXSW, TEDx, ASU-GSV, BETT, Chinese Academy of Fine Arts, Austrian Ministry of Education, and European Schoolnet. His game-based learning insights and ideas are featured in The Conversation, the Huffington Post, Austin Business Journal, eCampus News, and Learning Solutions Magazine, to name a few.
With over 25 years in CGI production, André has worked worldwide on legendary video games, live-action feature films, and memorable commercials. Previously he was Head of Graphics for EA Sports Football games (including NCAA, Head Coach, NFL Tour, and Madden, the longest running and most successful sports franchise in the games industry). He also created graphics for such notable films as Men in Black, Con Air, Independence Day, Valiant, Ant Bully and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Laguna College of Art & Design
game-based learning, digital environments, digital twins, education, virtual production, games