• 2017-Present. MS in Computational Media, University of California Santa Cruz
  • 2012—2017. BS in Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, Tennessee Technological University


  • Spring 2018. Teaching Assistant, Computer Science 5J, University of California Santa Cruz, introduction to programming in Java
  • Fall 2015—Spring 2016. Supplemental instruction leader, Computer Science 2100,Tennessee Technological University, Introduction to Problem Solving and Computer Programming
  • Summer 2017. Waterfront Director, Boxwell Scout Reservation Summer Camp
  • Summer 2016. Swimming Pool Director, Boxwell Scout Reservation Summer Camp
  • Summer 2013—2015. Waterfront Staff, Boxwell Scout Reservation Summer Camp
  • 2010—2015. Karate Instructor, Jack Scott United Karate Studio

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Best student Poster, TTU College of Engineering Research Day
  • 2016 Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award, TTU Computer Science Department
    • Presented by TTU college of Engineering to students who express academic and extra-curricular achievement, and exhibit a passion for lifelong learning.
  • 2013 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


  1. Cyril Focht. “An Exploration of Interactive Paradox”. Digital Games Research Association 2018.
  2. Cyril Focht. “An Exploration of Interactive Paradox”. Sammy Showcase. 2018.
  3. Cyril Focht. “Ludonarrative”. Tennessee State Honors Conference. 2017.
  4. Cyril Focht. “Little Suzie: Exploring Game Mechanics as a Narrative Device”. 51st National Collegiate Honors Conference Student Poster Session. 2016.
  5. Cyril Focht. “Undertale and narrative design”. Public Presentation. Omnicon convention. 2016.
  6. Cyril Focht. “Videogames as an art form”. Public Presentation. Omnicon convention and Association of Computing Machinery student chapter meeting. 2015.
  7. Cyril Focht. “An Experimental Study in Natural Language Programming”. Tennessee State Honors Conference. 2015.


  • Boy Scouts of America & World Organization of the Scouting Movement
    • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 156. 2013—2017
    • Assistant Adviser, Venture Crew 170. 2016—2017
    • 23rd World Scout Jamboree, USA contingent, 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster. 2015
    • 6th Michigan International Camporee, International Service Team. 2016
  • Graduate Student Commons at University of California Santa Cruz
    • Governance Board Member 2018
    • Programming Committee Member 2018
  • Omnicon, Annual student-run convention at TTU
    • Co-Chair 2014—2017
    • Volunteer Coordinator 2013—2017
    • Vendor Coordinator 2015—2016