Barbara Mones-Hattal has been working to develop innovative applications in the area of computer graphics and animation, both in academia and industry, for eighteen years. For ten years, she was a tenured Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the Visual Information Technologies MA/MFA Program, a course of study in multimedia, computer graphics and animation at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition, she designed and implemented training programs in the areas of digital modeling, animation and 3D paint at Dreamworks/Pacific Data Images and Industrial Light and Magic. She also consulted in the area of computer animation training for the Disney Company. She has served as the Art Chair for the Education Committee, and Panels Chair for the 1997 conference and coordinated an international Student Animation Competition for the ACM/SIGGRAPH organization for the past seventeen years.
Barbara worked for the White House and National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Al Gore’s GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, a project whose mission is to connect children from over the world through the internet to study satellite imagery and learn about the ecological impact of soil and water use. For this she was presented with a NASA Group Achievement award. She has lectured extensively on an international level on topics related to computer graphics, animation and curriculum development and has designed and executed her own graphics and animation that have been shown in many museums and institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Villa Ciani Museum in Switzerland. Her animated work has been shown in the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater.
She continues to be a practicing sculptor and exhibit her work nationally and internationally.