Dr. Eugene Gan
Professor of Communication Arts
Dr. Eugene Gan was born in Singapore, the only child of Catholic parents. He grew up with an unusual combination of talents—technology and art. When it came time for college, he could see no way to combine these interests in Singapore. “Then a family friend suggested I apply to schools in the United States,” says Gan. “There I could study both subjects.”
Gan attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated in 1994 with a BS in electrical and computer engineering and a minor in art. Although the term “multimedia” was barely born, he began working in that field, helping build the fledgling industry. Then his spiritual director suggested he explore teaching.
“I didn’t want to!” says Gan. “My mother was a teacher, so I knew how relentlessly demanding the profession is. But out of obedience, I said okay.” Gan started teaching at a computer academy and right away was invited to teach courses at Duquesne University’s graduate school. He then simultaneously helped design and participated in Duquesne’s MA program in multimedia technology, receiving his degree in 2001.
In 2000, he began part-time at Franciscan, while continuing to work in the multimedia industry. He became an assistant professor in 2004.
“Mother Church has been calling us for decades to get our act together as far as media,” he says. “Not only to use it for evangelization but to integrate it into our lives.” Gan is publishing a book on media literacy for Catholics, and he helped launch a multimedia concentration in Communication Arts.
In 2003, Gan met his wife, Cindy, online at Ave Maria Singles. They have four children and attend Holy Family Church.
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