In Memoriam, Vicki Poklemba

We received some sad news last month: Vicki Poklemba passed away suddenly on January 18, 2024.  Vicki had been an employee of Carnegie Mellon University since 1976 and a member of the Entertainment Technology Center since the program moved into the Pittsburgh Technology Center in 2002.  Vicki was the ETC Director of Administrative Operations.  She... Read more »

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ETC Fall Festival 2023

On December 8, 2023 starting at 6pm, the ETC will hold it’s annual Fall Festival. This end of the semester event showcases work from the first year students as well as the project from the second year students. Festival Website: Livestream on our YouTube Channel

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ETC Faculty animated short wins award

ETC Assistant Teaching Professor Moshe Mahler recently won an award for his animated short documentary, The Art of Weightlessness. The film premiered at the Pittsburgh Shorts Festival and won the Best Local Film award. The Art of Weightlessness chronicles the evolution of artist and performer Bill Shannon. Born with a degenerative hip condition, Bill developed... Read more »

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ETC student project team wins gold at Serious Play Conference

The Prism Beam project team was recently named a gold medal winner in the Student Entry category at the Serious Play Conference. The student team developed a VR experience for the Pittsburgh Glass Center aimed at fostering an appreciation for glassmaking craftsmanship and skills. Participants use Meta Quest Pro Headsets to enter a virtual glassblowing... Read more »

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2023 AIAS Foundation Scholars Announced

Entertainment Technology Center alumna Kayi Ng (23) was named one of the 11 Students and Young Professionals chosen For 2023 AIAS Foundation, WomenIn, and Girls for Gaming Scholarships. The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), awarded eleven scholarships to outstanding students and early professionals who are dedicating... Read more »

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NHSGA – Post One Instruction

ETC second year Angie Mendenhall shares her experience of being a Teaching Assistant for the National High School Gaming Academy, part of CMU’s Pre-College program which happens at the ETC every summer. On a cool morning in Pittsburgh, sixteen CMU students, both MET and Undergraduate, make their way to the Entertainment Technology Center. They have... Read more »

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The First Pitch of “The Last of Us”

Neil Druckmann (ETC’05) is currently a Co-President of Naughty Dog with Evan Wells. At Naughty Dog in 2013, he was the writer and creative director of The Last of Us, a dystopian video game that won numerous awards. Fast forward to 2023, Neil and Craig Mazin co-created the television series adaptation of the game for... Read more »

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ETC Class of 2023

On Sunday May 14, 2023 the ETC honored 91 students as we held the 2023 Diploma Ceremony at Acrisure Stadium . Following dinner, with fellow classmates, family, ETC faculty and the staff, the latest group of ETC alumni received their Master of Entertainment Technology degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Concluding the ceremony, The Anne Humprehy’s... Read more »

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2023 Alumni Award Winner, Christine Barnes

We are happy to announce the 2023 Alumni Award Winner is Christine Barnes from the ETC class of 2011. The ETC Alumni Award is given to honor an alum who exemplifies leadership and innovation in entertainment technology fields through their engaging and inspiring work. Christine will join us on Sunday the ETC diploma ceremony to... Read more »

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Future Forgers wins at IEEE Games SIG 2023

On Sunday April 16, the ETC student team Future Forgers presented their game, Project Ecotopia before a panel of judges as part of the 2023 IEEE GameSIG Intercollegiate Computer Game Competition Showcase. The showcase featured the top 10 entries submitted to present their work for the final round of the competition. This year’s showcase was... Read more »

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