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Grant Imahara          

Electronics and Radio Control Expert; Former Host on Discovery's "Mythbusters," and Animatronics Engineer

Grant Imahara is recognized as the electronics and robots expert from Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Using a blend of science and fun, he and his colleagues put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. He continues bringing 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 can also be seen playing Lt. Sulu in the critically acclaimed webseries Star Trek Continues.

Before his career in front of the camera, Grant 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.

Grant 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. He is currently consulting for Walt Disney Imagineering, working on next-generation robots to go into Disney’s theme parks around the world.

Speech Topics


Innovation

Engineering in Entertainment

A Retrospective Of My Career In Movies And Television

The Special Effects of Star Wars Episodes 1-3

Behind the Scenes with R2-D2 and C-3P0

Designing and Building a Champion Battlebot

Behind the Scenes of Mythbusters

News


What happened to Grant Imahara – 2016 News and Updates - The ...

Science, robots and explosions. If three words could sum up the past decade for Grant Imahara, it would likely be these. Since beginning work as a cast member ...

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Launch Groundbreaking ...

Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mouser Electronics Inc . today announced that celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and former ...

Grant Imahara is Building a Working, Laser-Shooting Iron Man Gaunlet

We always thought one of the MythBusters might turn out to be Tony Stark... Former MythBuster and all around engineering wizard Grant Imahara is more ...

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