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Austin Y.

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  • Joined December 2018

Austin is a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, former Engineer on The Sims games, and an professional programmer / startup founder.

  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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Austin Y.
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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A long-time hobbyist game developer, Austin got his taste of professional game development on 2015’s top selling computer game, The Sims 4. Austin went on to teach game development and Computer Science at UMichigan and found Arbor Interactive.

Work history

Gameplay Engineer
- Developed gameplay technologies for The Sims 4 and expansion packs. - Worked with Python, C++, Eclipse (PyDev), Perforce version control. .
Lecturer (Computer Science Engineering)
- Designed and implemented intensive unity-based curriculum. - Presented lectures on game design and the Unity Game Engine. - Former students now at Amazon Game Studios, 343 Industries, Volition, Zynga, Riot Games, Netease, and more.
- Developed simulations for DARPA (as subcontractor). - Developed entertainment / gamification products for clients in the healthcare space. - Developed social media data visualizations and educational games for clients in academia


The Sims 4

2015's best selling computer game, and the latest entry in the famous simulation game franchise.


Pump Hero

A water infrastructure educational game produced in two weeks for Wayne State University. A renovation of an existing prototype, this new version of the game includes high scores, a streamlined presentation, improved game design, and more.


Not seeking work


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