Jesse Schell currently holds the title of Professor of Entertainment Technology (specializing in Game Design) at Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, he was Creative Director at the Walt Disney Imagineering VR Studio, where he worked for seven years as designer, programmer, and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and DisneyQuest (Disney's chain of VR entertainment centers). He has been lead designer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Buccaneer's Gold, a virtual reality attraction at the DisneyQuest interactive theme park in Orlando, Florida, which won a Thea from the Themed Entertainment Association.
His most recent work at Disney involved the design of Disney's Toontown Online
He has a BSCS from Rensselaer, and an MSIN degree from Carnegie Mellon. Jesse has also served on the board of directors for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and is Chairperson at the International Game Developers Association.
He is also the coordinator of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Schell opened Schell Games
in Pittsburgh's South Side in July 2004.
Jesse Schell has been named to the 2004 TR100 list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's magazine of innovation.
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