Jacob S. Pollak

Associate Professor

Professional activities and areas of interest

Jacob Pollak dreams of a world that has fallen in love with learning and innovating.

Following this dream, Jake left his twenty year career of producing convergent media and web applications for both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses to pursue the life of an educator. In this new role, he teaches programming, interaction design, and project management courses.

When he’s not reading every games and learning blog that he can find, giving every bit of his energy to his students, or innovating new ways to help students learn, you can find Jake cooking spicy foods from around world, traveling to destinations near and far, and playing video and board games (which often means crossword puzzles). He’s also been known to fix a car or two and in a pinch has fixed thumb drives for students using chewing gum.

Jake is currently participating on multiple initiatives in both games and learning, including participating in the creation of an institute for Game Based Learning, developing the curriculum for a Master’s Degree with a focus in Game Based Learning, and helping with IGDA’s Curriculum Framework project. He’s an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH’s Education Committee, InteraktGR, and IGDA’s Learning and Education Games special interest group. Jake is a past board member of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance, AIGA West Michigan, the Detroit Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, and SEMAFX.

Jake holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Animation and Game Design from Ferris State University.


MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design, Graphic Design

BAS, Ferris State University, Digital Animation and Game Design


Digital Media Software Engineering, School Of Digital Media, Television and Digital Media Production, Digital Animation and Game Design