Dean Lawson
Dean Lawson
Assistant Professor
Division of Information Technology & Sciences
Affiliated with Computer Science and Innovation, Division of Information Technology & Science, Game Programming
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Biography

Dean Lawson has worked in the Games Industry for the past 19 years primarily as a Programmer but also as a Designer, Project Lead and Director of Programming.

He has worked on 14+ shipped titles including "SimCity Societies", "Caesar IV", "Majesty", "Risk: Global Domination", a number of online board game conversions for Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, World of Zoo and Club Penguin: EPF: Herbert's Revenge on the Nintendo DS for THQ and Disney Interactive respectively. He is currently working on creating training simulators for HVAC technicians using Unity 3D. Throughout his career Dean has focused on game AI and how it helps shape the player experience.

Dean's other main passion in games is Game Architecture, how to engineer flexible technical frameworks for games. Dean advises at the EMC at Champlain College, as well as working as a contract programmer for a number of game and educational companies. Dean is in his 3rd year of teaching at Champlain College. He previously taught Game Programming and Design at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Dean Lawson earned a BS in Computer Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY and an M Ed in Secondary School Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Master of Education
Union College-New York, Bachelor of Science