OEDC Monthly Meeting & Educational Program

Nov 9 2010 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

OEDC Monthly Meeting & Educational Program

The State Chamber

November 9, 2010 12:00

Pay for lunch in advance, click the button in the left column!

"Incubating a Dream"

Guest Speaker: Piyush Patel - President and CEO of PL Studios

About Piyush Patel:

Piyush Patel is the founder and CEO of Digital-Tutors, a division of PL Studios, Inc. and leading provider of interactive training solutions and services that assist in the creation of feature films, video games, commercials, visual effects and emerging media since 2001. Patel has contributed toward technical education and the advancement of professional and personal lives for both new and experienced artists by creating the largest online computer graphics learning library and educational platform.

This comprehensive training collection and ground-breaking system has allowed Patel to continue to provide artists around the world with high-quality educational experiences and maintain a client list of top companies, government agencies, academic institutions and studios. Over the past decade, Patel has had the opportunity to teach artists at EA, assist in product visualization at Motorola, develop educational curriculum for the University of Michigan, as well as work with strategic partners including Autodesk, PIXAR, Microsoft, Adobe, Pixologic, Houdini, Luxology, MAXON, eyeon and Next Limit in the development of software and education content.

Patel has received top industry accolades including Official Honoree of the Webby Awards, Autodesk Maya Master Award, Usable Rich Internet Application of the Year Award, Telly Awards, Aegis Awards, Omni Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards and is an Autodesk Authorized Publisher for learning materials. In addition to industry accolades, Patel has a long list of awards acknowledging his contributions toward the advancement of education such as The Oklahoma State University Rising Star Award, Oklahoma TRIO, Journal Record's Achiever of the Year, NISOD Distinguished Faculty Award, Oklahoma State Leadership Legacy, and is a 2-time recipient of Journal Record's Innovator of the Year. 

Patel is involved in numerous associations and organizations including President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Oklahoma Chapter, Oklahoma Technology Council, Oklahoma AIGA, Oklahoma State Chamber, SIGGRAPH ACM and is the founder and president of Oklahoma's Autodesk Animation User Group Association (OAAUGA). Patel holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Adult Education with an emphasis on e-Learning.