Member Profile: Jacqueline Allex
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Like most of the SIGGRAPH community, I’m a computer graphics geek :)
When I was in elementary school, I would sell my arts and crafts, and I created my own mini-business! I made bookmarks, drawings, origami, bracelets, and other random crafts, and sold them for the impressive price of 25 cents a piece.
3. Where did you complete your formal education?
I’m completing my BS in Computer Science and Media Arts (Animation) at Northeastern University in Boston.
I first found out about SIGGRAPH through other students who volunteered at my university. One of my instructors, Mike Shah, also encouraged students to volunteer, so I volunteered at my first SIGGRAPH in 2021. Even though it was a virtual conference because of Covid, it was an amazing experience!
My favorite memory would have to be working on a team with fellow student volunteers and TLs to produce animations that introduced the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) sessions at SIGGRAPH. Being able to contribute to the conference in a meaningful way, especially contributing to a path I am passionate about – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computer Graphics – was an experience I’ll never forget. The sense of teamwork and accomplishment when our animations were shown at SIGGRAPH North America and SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 was amazing. I hope to continue to work towards making every demographic of the computer graphics community seen, appreciated, and heard through my volunteering!
At my university, I contributed to an open source project called FreeMoCap focused on making an affordable and easy to use motion capture system. I worked on the visualization and usability end of it – programming a system to translate the motion capture data into 3D skeletons and animation file formats usable by game developers and animators!
One living person I would love to have dinner with is Domee Shi! I think her bold story-telling style and the way she gets a reaction out of people with her work is brilliant. Her directing on Turning Red was amazing! I would love to ask her so many questions about it, and geek out about asian food & animated films with her.
I’m half Chinese and taught summer English classes in China twice! Once when I traveled to Chengdu, I was so excited to see the pandas… I ran to the cages and brought my phone really close to the bars to take a picture, and then immediately accidentally dropped it into the cage! Luckily I ended up retrieving it beforthe panda noticed.
My work with Daniel Pillis on the DEI team was an amazing first SIGGRAPH experience. Working with him and the rest of our team made me want to apply again and continue my work with SIGGRAPH!
11. What can you point to in your career as your proudest moment?
I think I’ve been most proud when I’ve come together with others as a team to create something together. There’s something about working into the wee hours of the night, problem solving together and working hard on a project that you’re all genuinely passionate about and knowing it’ll be something you’re incredibly proud of.