INI Seminar: Jesse Schell

Time: February 13, 2009 - 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Location: DEC@CIC


Jesse Schell is CEO of Schell Games, Pittsburgh's largest videogame studio.

The INI Seminar takes place every Friday, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m., at the Distributed Education Classroom at the Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC).

Speaker: Jesse Schell

Talk Abstract: Jesse Schell is an INI alumnus who has created several successful online multiplayer games. In this talk, he will tell the story of how he moved from the INI, to Bell Communications Research, to Disney, to the ETC. Along the way, he will talk about issues in networked games, and explain why network programmers are in such high demand in the gaming industry.
Speaker Bio: Jesse has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh's largest videogame studio, Schell Games, and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, he was named one of the world's Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's magazine of innovation. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer's Mime Circus and the Juggler's Guild.