CHICAGO—ACM SIGGRAPH has selected Munkhtsetseg “Muunuu” Nandigjav, of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), as chair of its 49th conference. Nandigjav, a native of Mongolia, is the associate chair of the digital communications department and oversees its day-to-day operations.
“Since joining my team as Student Volunteer Team Leader in 2012, Muunuu has showed strength and prowess as a leader and creative thinker. She is more than suited for this role, and I cannot wait to see where she takes the conference in 2022 … a decade after we first started working together,” shared SIGGRAPH Conference Advisory Group Chair Mikki Rose.
With much of her time at SCAD dedicated to preparing future creative professionals, Nandigjav emphasizes teaching diverse methods and digital tools, and empowers students to communicate their stories professionally in a digital world. She also develops and oversees curriculum design and instructional effectiveness, among other responsibilities. Nandigjav has a background in designing experiences through interactive and digital media, and will be the SIGGRAPH conference’s first-ever chair from Mongolia.
Beginning her time with ACM SIGGRAPH as a student volunteer for the SIGGRAPH 2008 conference, Nandigjav has since held multiple roles on conference committees, including Student Volunteer Chair, Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Director and two years as Creative Development Director. She holds a B.S. in computer graphics technology from Purdue University and an M.F.A. in animation from SCAD.
“The conference has been fueling my creative energy and passion for years, allowing me to meet and collaborate with creative professionals from the computer graphics community around the world,” noted Nandigjav. “During my time volunteering, I have found a community to which I belong, and I’m humbled and excited to serve as leader of SIGGRAPH’s 49th conference. The SIGGRAPH community has grown to be a lot like a family over the years.”
SIGGRAPH 2022 will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre, 7–11 August 2022. Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav follows SIGGRAPH 2021 Conference Chair Pol Jeremias-Vila, lead graphics engineer at Pixar Animation Studios, who will host the conference in Los Angeles next year.
Photo of Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav by Bryan Clendenen