MFA David Xu

Faculty

David Xu, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

Bio

Professor David Xu is an associate professor at Regent University, College of Arts & Sciences, specializing in computer 3D animation and movie special effects. He earned his MFA in Computer Graphics & 3D Animation from the 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.


David has been an organizing committee member for the 5th International Conference & Expo on Computer Graphics & Animation, 2018, a committee member of the International Digital Media Arts Associates, and 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 was also invited to speak at different international conferences in the field of computer graphics and lecture at several universities in Taiwan as visiting scholar.


Research interests include 3D modeling, 3D animation and special effects, and Christian-themed 3D movies. During his spare time, he loves to play the cello.

Awards

Siggraph Electronic Theater Awards

Publications

  • Xu, David (2011). Mastering Maya: The Special Effects Handbook. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. (monograph, invited)

  • Xu, David (2011). Mastering Maya: The Special Effects Handbook. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. (creative works, invited)

  • Xu, David (2013). 3D Modeling Designs. USA: Lulu Publisher. (monograph)

  • Xu, David (2013). 3D Modeling Designs. USA: Lulu Publisher. (creative works)

  • Xu, David (2018). Mastering Maya: The Character Rigging Handbook. USA: Lulu Publisher. (monograph)

  • Xu, David (2018). Mastering Maya: The Character Rigging Handbook. USA: Lulu Publisher. (creative works)

Affiliations

  • Organizing Committee, 5th International Conference & Expo on Computer Graphics & Animation, 2018

  • Siggraph, 2003–04

  • International Digital Media Arts Associates (IDMAa), 2003–04

Meet Our Faculty

William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Michael Crews, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4333 mcrews@regent.edu
Michael D. Elam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4878 melam@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
Barbara Harrington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 bharrington@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@regent.edu
David Impellizzeri, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4237 dimpellizzer@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Don Krudop, DMA

Professional in Residence, Performing Arts & Music

Director of Choral Activities

757.352.4204 donkrud@regent.edu
Jeremy Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4221 jlarson@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication

757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Department Chair; Professional-in-Residence, Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Caramine White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4614 cwhite@regent.edu
Vincent Williams, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4373 vwilliams@regent.edu

Adjunct

Blair Allen, M.A.
Mary A. Andrews
Hartmut Blackert
J. Dennis Bounds, Ph.D.
Adam Bova, MFA
Gregory Boyd
Chester Branch, Ph.D.
Heidi Campbell
Katharine E. Clemons
Jonathan Cyprowski, M.A.
Peter J. Eaton
Gillette Elvgren, Ph.D.
Nelson Fong, J.D.
David Foster, MFA
Joseph Frost, MFA
Terilyn Goins, Ph.D.
Judith Gooch, M.A.
Michael Graves, Ph.D.
Steven W. Halliday
Edward Johnson, Ph.D.
Peter Kenny, Ph.D.
Mark Keuthan, Ph.D.
Marcie-Anna Klaustermeyer
Lindsey S. Lahaie
Kevin C. Lee
John McClary, M.A.
Rebecca McCoy-Reese, M.A.
Anne Marie G. Morgan
Mary E. Myers
Ryan Pace, MFA
Michael D. Patrick
Vincent K. Pelligrino
Markus Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Cheryl Price, M.A.
Shaker A. Rajasekar
Charles Reese, MFA
Richard M. Santoro
Marianne Savell
Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.
Michael Stahl, M.A.
Heather A. Stilwell
Sarah Turney, M.A.
James Ward, Ph.D.
Kathryn Wilson, B.M.