Art

Daniel Brunner

What I liked about the liberal arts was the balance of the technical, tactical and the logical. No matter what your field, you need to be able to analyze situations, and USAO helps you to do that.

USAO's art and computer science programs sent Daniel Brunner along the path that led to a career at Microsoft. Brunner is a senior service engineer working with Xbox LIVE Operations.

Brunner credits the foundational art classes as playing an integral role in landing him his high-profile position. Today, he still uses those concepts to quantify why designs and logos are or aren’t attractive.

Further, the liberal arts programs offered at USAO became the groundwork for Brunner to be well rounded.

“What I liked about the liberal arts was the balance of the technical, tactical and the logical. No matter what your field, you need to be able to analyze situations,” he said. “It comes down to your ability to communicate, and the liberal arts aid you in that communication.”

Another benefit USAO had for Brunner was a chance to meet his wife, Amanda, an education grad who played for the first USAO softball team.

Brunner oversees the coordination of broadcast transmission elements, ensures successful delivery of live streams to all connected video clients and develops and manages team execution plans. He was the Lead Broadcast Engineer for more than 26 live events including the Mars rover landing, presidential debates and the Grammy and Academy awards shows.

Four eight years previous, he was the design director for Microsoft Studios, where he provided creative direction and drove design.