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Michael Gourlay
Works at Studio B
Attended University of Colorado at Boulder
Lived in Orlando
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Hi Bill!  I love your lecture series on Higher Mathematics.

I noticed that the images you used for describing divergence and curl, at 15:35, come from my Fluid Simulation for Video Games, part 1, that I posted on the Intel Software Network (http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/fluid-simulation-for-video-games-part-1).  I'm glad you found them useful.

In a review I wrote about Basic Set Theory, I applauded your work: (http://www.amazon.com/review/R3UEYLOJ219C16/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm).

I look forward to any other lecture series you produce.  They're great.  Maybe you'll dive deep into the topics you survey in this video: linear algebra, calculus, etc.  I'm especially interested in accessible treatments of differential geometry (especially Reimannian geometry), optimization theory, projective geometry and Bayesian probability, and any topics required to understand those.

Also, I would encourage you to write textbooks.  I like your approach, and that you have no love for obscure language.

Thanks for the lectures.  Please do make more.
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I also just recognized the figure at 35:54 as a depiction of Bose-Einstein condensate.  The figure comes from a paper that my graduate school roommate (Michael Matthews) co-authored back in 1995.  I used to have a t-shirt with that figure on it!  Small world.
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Principal Lead Software Development Engineer
Skills
Computer programming; software engineering; game development; computational fluid dynamics
Employment
  • Studio B
    Subject Matter Expert, 2009 - present
    Wrote articles for hire for Intel on Computational Fluid Dynamics for video games, using multithreading.
  • Electronic Arts (EA Sports)
    Senior Software Engineer, 2012
    Software Architect for the Football Sports Business Unit. Senior lead engineer on Madden NFL. Worked on character physics and the procedural animation system used by EA, on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and as a lead programmer on NASCAR. Wrote the visual effects system used in EA games worldwide and patented algorithms for interactive, high-bandwidth online applications. Architected FranTk, the game engine behind Connected Career and Connected Franchise.
  • University of Central Florida (UCF) / FIEA
    Research Associate, 2005 - 2009
    Developed curricula for and taught at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), an interdisciplinary graduate program in the School of Film and Digital Media that teaches programmers, producers and artists how to make video games and training simulations.
  • Northwest Research Associates (NWRA) / Colorado Research Associates (CoRA)
    Research Scientist, 1999 - 2001
    Principal Investigator. Performed scientific research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the world's largest massively parallel supercomputers. Wrote OGLE, an interactive volumetric data visualizer for enormous data sets.
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
    Systems Analyst, 1988 - 1994
    Research in nonlinear dynamics in quantum mechanical systems, and atomic, molecular and optical physics, stealth, RADAR and massively parallel supercomputer design.
  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
    Research Assistant, 1995 - 1999
    Performed scientific research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the world's largest massively parallel supercomputers.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder)
    Research Assistant, 1994 - 1999
    Performed scientific research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the world's largest massively parallel supercomputers.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
    Developed pedagogic software.
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Orlando - Atlanta, Georgia - Melbourne, Florida - Boulder, Colorado - Denver, Colorado - Trenton, New Jersey
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Principal Lead Software Development Engineer
Introduction
Dr. Michael J. Gourlay works as a Principal Lead Software Development Engineer. He previously work at Electronic Arts (EA Sports) as the Software Architect for the Football Sports Business Unit, as a senior lead engineer on Madden NFL, on character physics and the procedural animation system used by EA, on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and as a lead programmer on NASCAR. He wrote the visual effects system used in EA games worldwide and patented algorithms for interactive, high-bandwidth online applications. He also architected FranTk, the game engine behind Connected Career and Connected Franchise.
 
He also developed curricula for and taught at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), an interdisciplinary graduate program that teaches programmers, producers and artists how to make video games and training simulations.
 
He is also a Subject Matter Expert for Studio B, and writes articles for Intel on parallelized computational fluid dynamics simulations for video games.
 
Prior to joining EA, he performed scientific research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the world's largest massively parallel supercomputers. His previous research also includes nonlinear dynamics in quantum mechanical systems, and atomic, molecular and optical physics, stealth, RADAR and massively parallel supercomputer design. He also developed pedagogic orbital mechanics software.
 
Michael received his degrees in physics and philosophy from Georgia Tech and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Bragging rights
Went to Antarctica on an icebreaker to repair a RADAR.
Education
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Physics, 1994 - 1999
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Physics, 1988 - 1993
  • Georgia Tech
    Physics, 1988 - 1993
  • University of Florida
    1986 - 1986
  • Winter Park High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Harbor City Elementary
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Mija; Doctor Mijago