Mathew Powers is a lecturer in media arts and sciences at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. He specializes in character, environment, narrative and game creation. His classes focus on 2D and 3D creation, virtual reality, and game world environment construction, among other topics.
On YouTube, he’s been a writer for the History of Video Games series on the popular Crash Course educational channel started by brothers Hank Green and John Green. Hosted by Andre Meadows, the 2016 series was inspired by Powers’ History of Video Games course at IUPUI.
Powers received his MFA in digital fine art from IU Bloomington, where he also served as an assistant instructor and adjust instructor. He is also a former adjunct instructor in visual communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, Indiana, and a former Flash media developer at Option Six, where he designed and created e-learning applications for clients such as Microsoft, Eli Lilly and Toyota.
Areas of Expertise
Video games, traditional games, gamification, game psychology, public game production, educational games, video game history, comic books, sequential storytelling, creature design, character design, world building, drawing, unreal engine, Gen Con, Indy PopCon, Indiana Comic Con, Flash, YouTube, freelancing.
The Crash Course: https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/games “Professor’s YouTube course is a game changer”: https://soic.iupui.edu/news/youtube-gaming-series/ “Visual Show ‘Monsters’ Features Media Arts and Science Student Work”: https://soic.iupui.edu/news/visual-show-monsters-features-media-arts-and-science-student-work/ “IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI first institution in nation to participate in Gen Con Educational Partners Program”: https://soic.iupui.edu/news/iu-school-of-informatics-at-iupui-first-institution-in-nation-to-participate-in-gen-con-education-partners-program/