October 31, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Four Bucknell alumni involved in such well-known products as "World of Warcraft," Nike, CBS's "Mike and Molly" and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter roller coaster will participate in a panel discussion about creativity and their careers on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The discussion, "Designing Success: Creativity in the Virtual, Mechanical and Real Worlds," is free and open to the public as part of the ongoing Bucknell Forum speaker series, "Creativity: Beyond the Box."

Panelists include Matthew Hawley, a 2003 alumnus and senior game producer with Blizzard Entertainment; actor Nyambi Nyambi, a 2001 alumnus who plays Samuel on "Mike and Molly"; Justin Schwartz, a 2004 alumnus and roller coaster engineer with Universal Studios; and Martine Worrall Stillman, a 2004 alumna and mechanical program lead who works with Nike at Synapse Product Development, which develops products for consumer, biomedical and professional-athlete products.

Matthew Hawley, gamer
After graduating from Bucknell with a degree in computer science and engineering, Hawley worked as a project manager for General Electric before deciding to pursue a lifelong passion for gaming and began work at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, Calif., as a producer for Blizzard's multiplayer gaming platform, Battle.net.

Now a senior game producer at Blizzard, he is serving as the production lead for Blizzard's newest top-secret "Unannounced MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) Project." The company is known for its triple-A game franchises: World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo.

As an undergraduate, Hawley held a number of client-services positions in the University's library/computer support group. He also participated in the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management and many initiatives in the Office of Student Life, including being the student coordinator for both the 2001 and 2002 Building on Foundations programs.

Nyambi Nyambi, actor
Nyambi was born in Oklahoma to Nigerian parents from the Cross River State region. He earned his MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU in 2008.

Right after graduation, Nyambi starred (opposite Mandy Patinkin) as Caliban in The Tempest for the Classic Stage Company; he has been busy working in the theatre since. He also had the opportunity to perform on Broadway in the first revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (produced by Lincoln Center).

In 2010, he participated in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, performing as The Prince Of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice and The Winter's Tale with a cast that included Al Pacino, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Other works include Coming Home at the Wilma Theatre and various productions with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is also a company member in the LAByrinth Theatre Company.

Justin Schwartz, rollercoaster engineer
Since graduating with a mechanical engineering degree, Schwartz has been an engineer for Universal Studios Creative, Universal's theme park design and development division.

He was the lead engineer for the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster.

He has worked on other major attractions, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Simpsons: The Ride, and the redesign of Universal Singapore's Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster. Some new technologies he has helped to develop have led to a multitude of patents.

Martine Worrall Stillman, engineering innovator

A mechanical program lead who works with Nike products at Synapse Product Development, Stillman has spent a varied career applying engineering innovation to a multitude of consumer and biomedical projects.

Her expertise helped develop advanced in-flight entertainment solutions, ultrasonic stroke-treatment, wireless fitness and exercise products, a DNA microarray device, and the first fully capacitive touch keyboard.

Her educational background in mechanical engineering, combined with a bachelor of arts degree in the college major, has given her a broad base from which to approach many difficult engineering projects with clients that include Panasonic, Samsung, Philips Oral Healthcare, CombiMatrix, GE and Ekos Corp.

The Bucknell Forum
The "Creativity: Beyond the Box" Bucknell Forum series began in fall 2009 and continues through spring 2012. Speakers in the series have included famed choreographer and author Twyla Tharp, award-winning MIT architect and designer Neri Oxman, innovative visual communicator and author Dan Roam, civil-rights activist and "songtalker" Bernice Johnson Reagon, renowned Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, theoretical physicist and author Brian Greene and, most recently, puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Acclaimed recording artist, performer and philanthropist John Legend, who has won nine Grammy awards, will speak and perform Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Since 2007, the Bucknell Forum speakers series has featured nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators who have examined various issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints. || Previous series events

Contact: Division of Communications


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