Here is our core group of people with one degree of separation, working collectively to generate Creative Disturbance.


Roger F. Malina
Roger F. Malina, one of the founders of the Creative Disturbance, is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in extreme and ultraviolet astronomy, space instrumentation and optics. He served as director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence and was NASA Principal Investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Satellite project at the University of California, Berkeley. In the fall of 2013 he founded the ArtSciLab in the ATEC Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently the President of the Leonardo/Olats.


Mark Beam
Mark Beam, co-founder of the Creative Disturbance, is the CEO of Beaming Inc, co-founder of ¡CATAPULTA!, Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) and an advisor to Hollaran Philanthropies.  He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before turning his attention to the development of the social capital markets and impact investing, he was a senior executive for several major Wall Street banks in the United States.


Cassini Nazir
Cassini Nazir is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Arts and Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design, web design and design principles. His research interests include accessibility, interaction design, user interface and user experience.


Yvan Tina
Yvan Tina is a PhD candidate at the University of Aix-Marseille and at The University of Texas at Dallas where he is investigating the possible convergences of artificial life and biotechnologies with the performance arts. Yvan holds an M.A. in cultural mediation of arts and a B.A. in theater studies.


Dylan Orgeron
Dylan is a senior Arts and Technology student at The University of Texas at Dallas, focusing on web development. He has worked extensively with HTML, Javascript, CSS, C#, PHP and MySQL. His main area of interest is working in back-end web technologies.


Josephine Porter
Josephine is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her interest is mainly in post-production sound design for films and video games. Josephine is currently working on the sound design of a short film provided by the University of North Texas Department of Media Arts.  In the future, she hopes to work in the post-production process for at least one blockbuster film. She likes to dedicate her free time to playing video games, reading comic books, weightlifting, and training horses.


Ashton Brilante
Ashton Brillante is currently pursuing his degree in Arts and Technology at UT Dallas with a focus on sound design. His interests include sound in virtual environments and the impact of sound on the growing virtual reality market. He has also worked as an audio/visual technician for more than two years. Ashton’s future goals include becoming a composer, creating soundscapes for virtual environments, and recording music in a professional setting.


Hal Clark
Hal Clark is currently an undergraduate student at UT Dallas studying Sound Design with a focus on digital composition for film and video games. He has more than ten years of experience with production for traditional music platforms and six years of experience with production for digital platforms. He hopes to one day be known for producing sounds that drive plot lines.


Corey Smart
Corey Smart is currently pursuing his Arts and Technology degree at UT Dallas with a focus in Sound Design. He has an extensive background in music and is currently pursuing his interest in producing Foley sounds for movies and games.


Chaz Lilly
Chaz Lilly is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas whose interests include experimental publishing, electronic literature, digital rhetoric, and digital art. Chaz also works at the UT Dallas Communications Office where he manages marketing, public relations, and communications for both the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. From 2012-2014 he worked as Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, “Reunion: The Dallas Review.” He holds a BA and MA in the humanities from UTD.


Lina Moon
Lina Moon is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Emerging Media and Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas. A former Graphics Editor for UT Dallas’s weekly campus newspaper The Mercury, she currently works as a freelance designer and is interested in the intersections of communication design, interaction design, and user experience. In the future, she hopes to further pursue studies in typography and branding identity systems, especially for the web.


Marcus Neustetter

Born 1976 in Johannesburg, Marcus Neustetter earned his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2001 from the University of the Witwatersrand. As an artist and cultural activist since then Neustetter has produced his projects in the gallery, public and virtual domain. A consistent focus in his art practice has been on the intersections of art, science and technology. His practice ranges from drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, video and multimedia to site-specific and socially engaged interventions. He has exhibited extensively in different parts of Europe, Africa and North America. In partnership with Stephen Hobbs, Neustetter, as the co-director of The Trinity Session, has innovated in the cultural industry, public art, and socially engaged practice in South Africa.

CD Alumni


Arun Augustine
Tina Anna
Diane Gromala
Yvonne Meynard