Executive Director, FIT/Infor DTech Lab
Michael Ferraro is the Executive Director of the FIT/Infor DTech Lab at the Fashion Institute of Technology. DTech is a public/private partnership whose mission is to engage faculty and students to solve industry problems using design and technology.
Creative technologist, researcher, artist, and educator, Ferraro’s career spans the worlds of software development, virtual reality media production, fine art, commercial entertainment and higher education. He came to FIT from Lehman College/CUNY where he spent 12 years as an associate professor in the digital media program of the art department. In 2015, working with students, he won a New York Emmy for Graphics and Animation Supervision for a series of PSA’s entitled “Best of the Bronx”.
In 1996, Ferraro co-founded PossibleWorlds, Inc, where he invented the innovative real-time animation technology known as Kabuki, which has been used by media outlets such as Cartoon Network, Disney TV, MTV, and Warner Brothers. In 1986, Ferraro co-founded Blue Sky Studios, a feature length computer animation studio where he was VP System Architect. Prior to Blue Sky, Ferraro was part of the R&D team at MAGI/Synthavision.
Ferraro earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his BFA from Syracuse University.