Alunmi Update Tyler Emptage – 2012

We recently heard from Tyler Emptage, 2012 about his recent accomplishment with his work as a Walt Disney Imagineer:

” I had a recent career milestone at Walt Disney Imagineering of, for the first time, being part of an opening attraction project team for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion at Disneyland and Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
I served in a show/ride integration role, working on hardware/software commissioning for ride operation, aspects of the guest queue experience and ride integration with the Disney Parks Play smart phone app. “

While we are sure there are many more ETC alumni on the team that worked o the Star Wars: Galaxy’ Edge Expansion over the year, Tyler states the most noteworthy on the Falcon/Star Wars experience was Casey Ging (15) who served in a creating role for the Falcon show set design and Disney Parks Play App integration with Galaxy’s Edge.

We asked Tyler if he could answer a few questions about his time at the ETC:

Was there a class/project during your time at the ETC that helped with your work on the project?


“Hard to pinpoint specific correlations but I will say my technical integration role on my first semester-long project with WMS Gaming gave me the confidence that, even if I don’t have all the answers right away (which is typical), I could learn new skills and leverage the knowledge of skilled team members to tackle diverse technical problems.. a theme which has carried me through my career. “

Is there any advise you would like to give to current students?

“Don’t be afraid of uncertainty in your work or even failure, which often provides the best learning experience. We work in a very dynamic industry, doing things that no one has done before and no one has all the answers. Keep an open mind and open communication with team members, leveraging everyone’s unique strengths to create something that is more than the sum of individual contributions. “

Congratulations and thank you Tyler!


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