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Tim McLaughlin


At a Glance

Class Year: 1990

Award Year: 2020

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Visualization

Profession: Educator/Animator

Biography

Tim McLaughlin ’90, ’94 joined the faculty of Texas A&M in Fall 2007 and served as the Department of Visualization’s first Department Head from January 2008 until August 2020. Prior to coming back to A&M, Tim worked in the movie industry at Industrial Light & Magic, and Lucasfilm Animation, divisions of Lucasfilm Ltd. in San Francisco, California where he led teams of artists and engineers developing computer graphics techniques for digital creatures in award-winning visual effects for films. His credit list includes 15 feature films including Mars Attacks!, Star Wars: Episode I, Van Helsing and War of the Worlds. The work of Tim’s technical artists contributed to Science & Technology Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences for teams of ILM researchers in 1998, 2001, and 2013.

While at ILM Tim organized the first Summer Industry Course and the first scholarship for students in Visualization. He also served on the College of Architecture Dean’s External Advisory Board under Dean Tom Regan from 2002-2007.

As Department Head Tim oversaw a period of growth and recognition for the Department of Visualization. He oversaw the establishment of the undergraduate degree in Visualization, Texas A&M’s first and only Master of Fine Arts degree, and two minors. The department grew from 65 students and 12 faculty and staff in 2007 to 450 students and 45 faculty and staff in 2020. In 2018 Tim and Dean Vanegas traveled to Austin to receive a Recognition of Excellence for the department from the State of Texas’ Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Tim lives in Bryan with his wife Stasha Kraguljac and their children: Charlie (17), Piper (13), and Lulu (8). His current work is focused on the use of real-time immersive computer graphics in collaborative design projects.