Mike Szostek

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.S., 2017, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
B.A., 2015, Olivet Nazarene University

Mike is an Olivet alumnus (’15), Professor for the Department of Art and Digital Media, specializing in the Media Arts concentration, Director of Esports for Recreation Services, and System Administrator/Analyst for the IT Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Olivet, and a Master of Science degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition and an AVID-certified Pro Tools User. He is currently pursuing additional graduate work in game development, media design, and computer science.
 
He strives to make innovations in how artists and musicians use technology in their practices, performances, and recordings, as well as to combine traditional and non-traditional methods to teach courses in game development, animation, video design, STEM/STEAM programming for artists, digital graphics, drone piloting/filming, music technology, and more. Mike researches emerging ways to bridge the gap between traditional/analog art with non-traditional/digital media methods, such as scanning in hand-painted art to be used in video games and animations.
 
Mike creates syllabi using video game development software, writes multi-touch electronic textbooks, as well as feature books for the renewal of Olivet's Apple Distinguished School program. He offers iLearn@Lunch sessions where users can come and share their digital device experiences and get inspired with new ways of utilizing their devices at work, in the studio, on stage, at home, and with each other. 
 
Aside from doing research, development, and training, Mike enjoys tabletop and video games, developing new emerging media projects and video games, and organizing/participating in community and charity events.