I am a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. I teach 3D animation there.
I received my B.A. in Math from Occidental College and my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Univ. of Southern California.
I am also a graduate of the seminary at the Iliff School of Theology.
The website for my 3D animation textbook is: 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner. The website contains a number of free video tutorials on how to use Autodesk Maya. The book can be found on Amazon.
Please see my blog for photos, 2D and 3D renderings, and text-and-image tutorials on using Autodesk Maya. The tutorials can be found on the 3D animation tutorials tab.