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Director, Virtual Worlds
Service Area: Game Research & Immersive Design (GRID)
Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University and directs Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) group. He is a co-founder and trustee of Fubar (Fair Use Building and Research) Labs a community fab lab that was New Jersey's first Hackerspace. From that experience, he became a co-founder of the Rutgers Makerspace project where GRID use the design elements from VR/AR projects and creates physical interfaces using CNC, laser cutting, 3D printing, and electronics. Those experiences to Rick co-authoring Pro Arduino published by Apress.He is a sponsor of the Rutgers Power Racing team, which organized their first build event at Fubar Labs. He's currently creating the AI Maker Series for Middle and Highschool teachers. All this, to create an extended reality (XR) experience and learning environment for Rutgers University.As Director of Virtual Worlds he has grown the Rutgers University Virtual World from a single region in Second Life to 24 areas in Open Sim, and eight regions of Second Life. These environments have been showcased as part of Rutgers Day, where over 50,000 people attend, and at least 5,000 people get to ring the Old Queens Virtual Bell. Since 2005, he has taught the School of Communication and Information (SCI) program’s Advanced Web Design course and sponsored the ITI Capstone project where students create a thing and make a company.