Jesse Schell

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Distinguished Professor, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center

Jesse Schell is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center ETC, a joint master's program between the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. At ETC, he teaches courses in game design and building virtual worlds.

Schell is CEO of Schell Games, and formerly was the creative director of the Walt Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio, where he was a designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest, as well as on Toontown Online, the first massively multiplayer game for kids. Schell is the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association and the author of The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses.

MIT’s Technology Review named Schell one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2004. In 2015, Schell was the recipient of a Carnegie Science Award in the Entrepreneur category. The program celebrates innovators who have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines. In 2016, he received the Creator-of-the-Year award at the CREATE Festival for his work at the intersection of creativity and innovation. Schell holds a Masters of Science in Computer Networking and Virtual Reality from the Information Networking Institute at CMU.