Norman Joseph, originally form Mumbai, India, currently works as a Technical Director with Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California. He has almost ten years’ experience in the Information Technology, Computer Graphics and Animation Industries. His first film with Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6”, won a prestigious Oscar for best animated feature film along with 11 other awards. While working on the film, Norman developed software that was selected for the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Conference in Shenzhen, China. He regal the SIGGRAPH audience with a presentation explaining his new software and he also gave a presentation to the students at The Institute of Animation and Creative Content in Shanghai, China.
Norman’s achievements were recently recognized when he was awarded the Early Career Award by Purdue University, College of Technology this past spring (2015).
He continues to seek self-improvement and learning goals, even earning his Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).
Norman also worked and works to benefit his community. He traveled extensively, representing India as a Youth Leader to five international Jewish youth conferences in Washington D.C, USA, Szarvas, Hungary and Jerusalem, Israel, even serving as the elected Secretary of the Jewish Youth Pioneers group in Mumbai. In graduate school he served as the Vice President of the Graduates and Professionals at Purdue (GAP), a Jewish student group at Purdue University.
Norman believes in giving back. He began volunteering in India and continues to donate his time in America as well. While still in India, he volunteered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) youth center in Mumbai for three years. Here in America, he volunteers with various nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Inner City Arts, Reading to Kids, Operation Gratitude, Disney VoluntEARs and Project Chicken Soup.
Growing up in Mumbai, Norman displayed a variety of talents and skills. While attending Scholar High School, he starred weekly as a child artist on the national children’s television series Phulwari Bachchon Ki for six years as well as performed for three years on the stage show, Kids R US.