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Jane Nisselson is a film director and associate multimedia director at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, New York. Through her films, Nisselson reveals different kinds of systems — of scientific models, innovation, diagrams, molecules, design strategies, and fragrances.
A graduate of the MIT Media Lab, Nisselson worked at the New York Institute of Technology as a software developer and animator before opening her New York-based media company, Virtual Beauty, which produced Webby-nominated short documentaries for clients including Condé Nast, Corning Museum of Glass, International Flavors & Fragrances, MoMA, The New School, Popular Mechanics, University of Minnesota Design Institute, W Magazine and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
Nisselson’s grant-based projects include a National Science Foundation funded video titled “Explaining Diagrams” and a resident scholarship to film molecular models built by Linus Pauling. She teaches a workshop on modular filmmaking at the New School and has lectured at SIGGRAPH, Verge NYC, the SVA Design Research program, and the MIT School of Architecture.

jane nisselson


Jane Nisselson is a film director and associate multimedia director at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, New York. Through her films, Nisselson reveals different kinds of systems — of scientific models, innovation, diagrams, molecules, design strategies, and fragrances.
A graduate of the MIT Media Lab, Nisselson worked at the New York Institute of Technology as a software developer and animator before opening her New York-based media company, Virtual Beauty, which produced Webby-nominated short documentaries for clients including Condé Nast, Corning Museum of Glass, International Flavors & Fragrances, MoMA, The New School, Popular Mechanics, University of Minnesota Design Institute, W Magazine and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
Nisselson’s grant-based projects include a National Science Foundation funded video titled “Explaining Diagrams” and a resident scholarship to film molecular models built by Linus Pauling. She teaches a workshop on modular filmmaking at the New School and has lectured at SIGGRAPH, Verge NYC, the SVA Design Research program, and the MIT School of Architecture.


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