A recognized electronics and robots expert from Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, Grant Imahara has worked on some of the most famous movie and TV robots of all time including R2-D2 and the Energizer Bunny.
On April 5, he will headline the 2019 Nebraska Science Festival and share experiences in science, which includes a current consulting role for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he works on next-generation robots to go into Disney’s theme parks.
Imahara’s presentation, to be held at Joslyn Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall in Omaha, is free to the public (but requires a reserved ticket) and is suitable for all ages.
Tickets are currently sold out.
On Mythbusters, using a blend of science and fun, Imahara and his colleagues put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. He also brought his unique skills to the White Rabbit Project on Netflix. He has hosted Punkin Chunkin and Killer Robots for Science Channel, and has appeared on Junkyard Wars and Comedy Central’s BattleBots. He also played Lt. Sulu in the critically acclaimed webseries Star Trek Continues.
Before his career in front of the camera, Imahara spent nine years working behind the scenes in special effects as an animatronics engineer and modelmaker for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic. He worked on numerous blockbusters including The Matrix sequels, A.I., Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, Van Helsing and Star Wars: Episodes 1-3. He’s worked on some of the most famous movie and TV robots of all time, putting the lights in R2-D2's dome for the Star Wars prequels and giving the Energizer Bunny his beat. He created the irreverent robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Imahara has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has been on the cover of ROBOT Magazine, IEEE Spectrum and MAKE Magazine. Over the years, he has garnered numerous official commendations from various organizations, including the City of Los Angeles, the City of San Francisco and The White House.
Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge St, Omaha, NE