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09-10-2014

TV Star and Electronics Expert Grant Imahara to Present at Clarkson University

Television star and electronics expert Grant Imahara will speak at Clarkson University at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, in the Alumni Gym.

Grant ImaharaImahara, who has a degree in electrical engineering, will share how he seized opportunities as they came along, despite not knowing if those opportunities made sense at the time or fit into his long-term plan. His presentation is free and open to the public, and there will be a question and answer period at the end.

After graduation, Imahara was hired as an engineer for the Lucasfilm's Home THX division and eventually moved to Industrial Light and Magic. His visual effects involvement in films includes The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Van Helsing (2004) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Imahara joined the Discovery Channel's MythBusters in 2005 when a good friend extended an invitation to him, reinforcing the value of an extensive network. He became known as the geek of the Build Team, making robots for the show and operating the computers and electronics for the myths.

Among his various television appearances, Imahara designed and competed with his robot, Deadblow, on BattleBots. Outside of the arena, he has constructed the robot sidekick for The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson and has designed the circuit that creates the rhythmic oscillation of the arms and ears on the modern Energizer Bunny.

This event is sponsored by SPECTRUM, a student-based organization at Clarkson with the mission to inform, inspire, educate and entertain.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/gimahara.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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