SIGGRAPH Selects Carnegie Mellon's Don Marinelli as a Keynote Speaker
February 4, 2010

SIGGRAPH Selects Carnegie Mellon's Don Marinelli as a Keynote Speaker

Chicago, Ill. - ACM SIGGRAPH announces the selection of Don Marinelli, a leading Carnegie Mellon scholar and educator, to give one of its keynote presentations at SIGGRAPH, the 37th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Sunday 25 July - Thursday, 29 July 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.
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Marinelli is the executive producer of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, a joint initiative between the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science, where technologists and non-technologists work together on projects that produce installations intended to entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect an audience, guest, player, or participant.

"With each passing year, the boundary between artists, scientists, and graphic experts becomes more blurred," states Terrence Masson, SIGGRAPH 2010 conference chair from Northeastern University. "To truly have the highest-quality final product, whether that is a film or an interactive installation, collaborators from different fields must understand each other. Marinelli is an expert at bridging these different disciplines for the best end result.  In essence, this is an underlying theme throughout SIGGRAPH's history and his insights will be enlightening to all working professionals and students." 

For the past 29 years, Marinelli has served different roles at Carnegie Mellon, including co-creator of the Master of Arts Management Program, co-creator of the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and co-founding the Master of Entertainment Technology Degree Program with Randy Pausch. Marinelli is also a tenured professor and holds degrees from the University of Tampa, Duquesne University, and a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh.

Marinelli's upcoming book,  The Comet and the Tornado, is being released this spring and recounts the six years he and Pausch shared an office creating the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon's "Dream Fulfillment Factory."