Vinod Srinivasan

3-D modeling expert joins
A&M’s visualization faculty

Among the new faculty hired last fall as part of the College of Architecture’s ongoing “signature search” initiative is Vinod Srinivasan, an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture’s Master of Science in Visualization Sciences program.

A recent graduate of A&M’s doctoral program in architecture, Srinivasan specializes in 3-D modeling, with an emphasis on topological modeling. His interests include visualization applications for architecture, engineering, and science; gaming simulations; and educational software development.

He holds a master of science in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelor in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chennai (formerly Madras), India.

Srinivasan's doctoral dissertation, “Modeling High-Genus Surfaces," dealt with algorithms and tools for easy modeling of objects with a large number of holes and handles (see illustration). He developed a 3-D mesh modeling package, “TopMod” (Topological Modeler), that is currently being used by students in the Department of Architecture’s Visualization Laboratory. Details of this research can be accessed online at

Srinivasan’s work has been featured at the annual conferences for AMC-SIGGRAPH (Association for Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics). Additionally, his research has been published and widely presented in peer-reviewed venues around the world.

He recently received a $7,500 grant for the college’s research council to develop a digital model of the historic D-Day landing site at Pointe du Hoc on France’s Normandy coast. The visualization will aid a multidisciplinary historic preservation project led by faculty at the A&M’s Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory.

The visualization professor is also interested in creating a video game development program at Texas A&M. He currently serves as faculty adviser for a newly formed student organization, “Texas Aggie Game Developers.”

For his research initiatives during the 2003-04 academic year, Srinivasan was awarded the George W. Kunze Prize, presented annually by the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies to a graduate student who has excelled in scholarship and service to Texas A&M and the community.

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Vinod Srinivasan

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