“Be good at something; it makes you valuable”.
Dr. Randy Pausch
Last month The Walt Disney Company announced the establishment of the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The fellowship was created to recognize the passion and energy Dr. Pausch brought to his work at both Carnegie Mellon and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Dr. Pausch is best known for his life-affirming “Last Lecture,” which he delivered to his students and colleagues a few weeks after learning he had just months to live. “Randy Pausch lived his life inspiring his students, colleagues and co-workers. Now, the vitality and energy he brought to his classroom lives on and serves as an inspiration to millions of people he never had the chance to meet,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “We are proud to honor Randy’s passion by supporting the innovators and dreamers of tomorrow with these fellowships.”
Dr.Pausch fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer in 1995 when he joined the Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio during a sabbatical from his university teaching position. Imagineering, with its collaborative teams of artists, engineers, sculptors and software developers, proved the perfect environment for him. After his sabbatical was complete, Pausch continued as a consultant to Disney, and began nurturing a relationship between Carnegie Mellon and Disney through Imagineering’s internship program.
The Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship will support two graduate students, one in the School of Computer Science and one in the College of Fine Arts , reflecting Pausch’s enthusiasm for the interplay of arts and technology. His fascination with this type of synergy at Disney led to the development of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, a program designed specifically to foster collaboration between technologists and fine artists on projects intended to entertain, inform and inspire audiences.