Videographer, Research Assistant, Sound Operator, Webmaster
After obtaining B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Michigan State University, Dan co-founded DanlHos Computer Consulting and later Daniel A. Dapkus LLC (both small computer consulting firms) which help customers use technology to meet their business needs.
Though an engineer by training, he has always pursued his various interests in the humanities and the arts. Dan’s interest in French language, history, and culture led him several years later to enroll in MSU’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies as an undergraduate French major, where he received a B. A. in French. During his (second) undergraduate career at MSU, he had the opportunity to participate as research assistant in Professor Babana-Hampton’s film projects that examine the place of French colonial memory in Hmong diasporic expressions of identity. After filling the roles of research assistant and webmaster in the award-winning documentary feature Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015), he contributed as videographer, sound operator, research assistant, and webmaster for its sequel Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads.
Dan is currently studying the history of the Caribbean.