Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts
Professor David Xu is an associate professor at Regent University, College of Arts & Sciences, specializing in computer 3D animation and movie special effects. As a Chinese American, Xu is originally from Shanghai, China. He earned his MFA in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation from Pratt Institute in New York.
He has served as a senior 3D animator in Sega, Japan; a senior CG special effector in Pacific Digital Image Inc., Hollywood; and as a professor of animation in several colleges and universities where he developed the 3D animation program and curriculum. Xu has been a committee member of the computer graphics organization Siggraph Electronic Theater, where he was recognized with an award for his work.
His special effect production and 3D animation credits include the movies Matrix and Star Trek, and television commercials for 7UP and AllState. In 2011, he published the book Mastering Maya: The Special Effects Handbook invited by Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House. He loves playing cello and traveling during his spare time.
Siggraph Electronic Theater Awards