Laddie Odom - CSI, Multimedia Producer
Laddie Odom began his professional career over two decades ago in Detroit as an animator and special effects artist for regional and national television commercial campaigns.
After moving to Chicago in the 1980s, he first found employment in "multimedia", which at the time meant slide shows, produced with traditional analog photographic and graphic tools. Shortly afterwards, he was one of the first persons in the multimedia industry to be trained to operate large, specialized, ridiculously under-powered (compared to today's machines), graphics computers that created and presented slides digitally. Several years later, after helping pioneer the production of digital imagery and animation in multimedia presentations, he began to produce a new kind of multimedia, which was delivered via CD-ROM, was interactive and was usually authored in Macromedia Director.
In the mid 1990s he was given the opportunity to apply his extensive experience as production manager for several companies and as an independent producer of interactive marketing and educational materials.
Laddie joined the staff of UMUC in September, 2005 as a member of CMNT and was reassigned to CSI in May of 2007. In his nearly two years here, he has been very excited to help UMUC explore and implement new technologies in order to help staff, faculty and students achieve their goals.
Among many things Laddie enjoys in his spare time are making, flying and exhibiting kites, biking and frequently offering his take on the tech world via a popular Saturday morning radio show out of Northwestern University in Evanston.