|Occupation||Senior Software Engineer|
|Introduction||Dr. Michael J. Gourlay works as a Senior Software Engineer in interactive entertainment. He worked at EA Sports as the software architect for the Football Business Unit, as a senior lead engineer on Madden NFL, on character physics and the procedural animation system used by EA, on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and as a lead programmer on NASCAR. He wrote the visual effects system used in EA games worldwide and patented algorithms for interactive, high-bandwidth online applications. He is a Subject Matter Expert for Studio B. He also developed curricula for and taught at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), an interdisciplinary graduate program that teaches programmers, producers and artists how to make video games and simulations. Prior to joining EA, he performed scientific research using computational fluid dynamics(CFD) and the world's largest massively parallel supercomputers. His previous research also includes nonlinear dynamics in quantum mechanical systems, and atomic, molecular and optical physics. Michael received his degrees in physics and philosophy from Georgia Tech and the University of Colorado at Boulder.|
|Interests||game engine architecture, scripting languages, computational fluid dynamics, visual effects, Atari, geodesic dome design and construction, SCUBA|
|Favorite Movies||Miller's Crossing, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Sin City, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hal Hartley movies, Dead Man, Naked Lunch, Harold and Maude, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension, The Big Sleep, The Hunger|
|Favorite Music||Soul Coughing, Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin, Orb, Fiona Apple, Juno Reactor|
|Favorite Books||Neal Stephenson's work, Understanding Comics, Naked Lunch, The Klutz Book of Knots, Terry Pratchet's work, Tipping Point|
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