Christopher W. Thornton
c.w.thornton@vt.edu

408 Hunt Club Drive
Apt. 1600 F
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

Day Phone: 1+ 540.231.5587
Evening Phone: 1+ 540.???.????


OBJECTIVE

To pursue a challenging career within the filed of virtual reality research and development, emphasizing virtual exploration.

 

EDUCATION

GPA: 3.7/4.0
M.S., Architecture: Virtual Environments, Expected May 2001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, Virginia

M.A., Instructional Technology, December 1999
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Blacksburg, Virginia

B.S., Geology/ B.S., Engineering Geosciences, December 1996
Radford University; Radford, Virginia

 

EXPERIENCE

Technical Support Administrator, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia; Present Graduate Assistantship (Summer 1997 - present)
Maintain and repair PC, Macintosh, SGI hardware, operating systems, network servers, networks and application software for the
Department of Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education

NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholar, NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia; Summer 2000

400 Hours of Research: Virtual Environment Design, Telerobotics, Remote Sensing, Remote Exploration

NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholar, NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia; Summer 1999
400 Hours of Research: 3D Virtual Reality Modeling, Web Programming

Geologist, Draper Aden Associates Consulting Engineers
Blacksburg, Virginia; Spring 1994 Summer 1997

Geology Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia at Wise
Wise, Virginia; Fall 1993 Spring 1994

Computer Hardware Technician, ALPS Lab, University of Virginia at Wise
Wise, Virginia; Spring 1991 Spring 1994

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Languages: C, C++, MFC
Internet: HTML, DHTML, VRML, Swift 3D
Networks: LAN, WAN, TCP/IP
2D: Adobe Photoshop 5.1, Adobe Pagemaker 6.5
3D: 3D Studio Max R3.1, 3D Studio Viz R3, Character Studio R2.5, Microstation SE/J, Bryce 4.0
GIS: ArcView 3.2, MicroCam
Video: Media 100 6.0, Adobe Premiere 5.1, Adobe After Effects 4.1, Morph 3.0, Media Cleaner Pro 3.1.2
Audio: SoundEdit 16 v2.0, CakeWalk Pro Audio v8.01
VR Hardware: CAVE, Ascension Flock of Birds, InterSense IS-600, Virtual Research HMD, Fakespace PINCH Gloves
Hardware: PC, Macintosh, SGI
Platforms: Windows NT/95/98/2000, Macintosh, UNIX, IRIX, LINUX

 

SKILLS

Virtual Environment Design Remote Sensing Digital Audio Production
Virtual Reality Modeling Geographic Information Systems Program/Product Evaluation
Computer Modeling Scanning Electron Microscopy Distance Learning
Computer Animation Web Programming System Administration
Usability Engineering Web Development Certified Macintosh Technician
Human-Computer Interaction Digital Video Production Certified PC Technician

 

HONORS

NASA LARSS, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, ODEKA, Darden Society, Woodrow Wilson Society

 

ACTIVITIES/ HOBIES

Motorcycling, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, robotics, bonsai, fractals, labyrinths

 

PUBLICATIONS

Thornton, C., VR Modeling for WWW Interaction, NASA Technical Report, 1999
Thornton, C., Remote Telerobotic Exploration: Australian Remote Outback Outpost, NASA Technical Report, 2000