- Professor Sheila Sofian becomes Chair, Professor Kathy Smith takes her sabbatical.
- Eric Hanson is awarded Associate Professor of Cinema Practice in Visual Effects at the Division of Animation & Digital Arts. Mike Patterson is awarded Visiting Associate Professor for 2009-2010 academic year at the Division.
- Kathy Smith exhibits at Tamarind Art Gallery New York City with Ingots of Liquid Light group exhibition, curated by Hench-DADA alumna by Rupa Shah.
Eric Hanson is a visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments. Having worked with leading visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, his work can be seen in “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Cast Away”, “Mission to Mars”, “Fantasia 2000”, and “The Fifth Element”, among others. He is currently a partner of xRez Studio, a practice engaged in leveraging emerging graphics technologies to disparate markets, including natural history, cultural heritage, and entertainment. Eric is a member of the VES, IVRPA, ACM, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He wishes he could sleep more.