Jihun Yu, a doctoral candidate in New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to participate in a summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics, technology, and research. Yu was one of five interns chosen by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council.
Yu has been conducting groundbreaking research in graphics simulation of physical systems, and, in particular, how to make fluids and flames appear more realistic. Yu’s work, in collaboration with NYU Computer Science Professor Chee Yap and Greg Turk, a Georgia Tech professor, will have potential applications in film making and visual effects.
This summer, Yu will join the Research & Development Department at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects company behind such films as “Jurassic Park,” “Iron Man,” “Avatar,” and George Lucas’ “Star Wars” films.
“The Academy is committed to developing the next generation of innovators in science and technology for the motion picture art form,” said Elizabeth Cohen, the Council’s internship program chair. “These mentor-guided internships provide valuable hands-on, career-related experience while exposing students to the practical application of technology and expanding their academic education.”
Now in its fourth year, the program provides eight-to-twelve week internships that give students hands-on experience with advanced motion picture technologies. Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Technicolor, and the Technology Council will serve as internship hosts; the Council provides a stipend of $4,000 to each student.
Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.