Michael Ferraro is Executive Director of the FIT Design and Technology Lab (DTech) at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is also responsible for industry partnerships and collaborative programs for the college.
A creative technologist, researcher, artist, and educator, Mr. Ferraro’s career spans the worlds of computer animation, software development, virtual reality media production, fine art, commercial entertainment, and higher education. He came to FIT from Lehman College/CUNY where he spent 12 years as an Associate Professor in the digital media program of the art department. While working with students in 2015, he won a New York Emmy for Graphics and Animation Supervision for a series of PSA’s entitled “Best of the Bronx”.
Prior to Lehman College, Mr. Ferraro founded Possible Worlds, an innovative real-time animation studio working for clients like Warner Bros., MTV, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. In the mid-1980s he was Co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and served as System Architect of the Academy Award-winning CGI StudioTM Renderer and production animation system. He made is first picture with a computer in 1969.