Biographies

Paul Avery

Dr. Paul Avery is Professor of Physics. He received his Ph.D in Physics from  the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and has taught at UF since 1985. He is Director of the NSF supported GriPhyN Project and International  Virtual Data Grid Laboratory. Prof. Avery taught PHY3400 (Light, Color and  Holography) for five semesters and is fascinated by
the mechanism of visual  perception.

Geoff Wilson

Geoff Wilson started 352 Media Group, formerly Silverscape Technologies, while a student at the University of Florida in 1997. Geoff designed Web sites around his class schedule and had a 1-800 number run into his dorm room to take business calls. Upon graduation, Geoff aggressively expanded the company and started attracting national accounts. Today 352 Media Group has 45 employees in Gainesville and more than 500 clients around the world. Over the past two years, 352 Media Group has developed Web sites for several large corporations, including Pizza Hut, Knight Ridder, Everlast Boxing, Dish Satellite and Verizon Wireless. In North Central Florida, 352 Media Group's clients include Shands Hospital, The City of Gainesville, Moltech Power Systems, The University of Florida, Exactech, TV20 and AM850.

352 Media Group recently won five local Addy Awards and one regional Addy Award for its Web sites and printed collateral. Earlier this year, 352 Media Group opened its first regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. 352 Media Group also recently diversified its services to include more traditional marketing and sales solutions.

While 352 Media Group has experienced tremendous success through its expansion efforts, Geoff has also expanded his own entrepreneurial repertoire by opening a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Scoop Shop on University Avenue in Gainesville this summer. A second Ben & Jerry's location will open at Oaks Mall in November.

CONNIE HWANG

To design is to elevate the ways of living. Through this philosophy,Connie Hwang takes a practical yet intuitive approach to design with projects that heighten mindfulness across time and culture. Her work exemplifies building an emotional connection between people and the community through effective visual expression. With an eye for quality and the desire to reinvent, she strives towards shaping a strategic communication platform based on vision and diligence.

Ms. Hwang received a B. F.A. in Visual Design from the University of Oregon and earned a M.F.A. in Visual Communication Design from the University of Washington. She has worked extensively in the area of brand communications. Her insight and award winning design have enabled such companies as Beringer Wine Estate, Chase H&Q, E*TRADE, and S1 Corporation to complete successful corporate and brand launches. Her work has been featured in Black Book AR100, Communication Arts, Graphis, and Print. Formerly Creative Director at Michael Patrick Partners, Ms. Hwang currently runs a design studio and teaches full-time in the graphic design program at the University of Florida.