Adam Savage named 2018 Homecoming Distinguished Lecturer

Adam Savage named 2018 Homecoming Distinguished LecturerAdam Savage will be the Colorado School of Mines 2018 Homecoming Distinguished Lecturer on Thursday, September 27.

Savage, an internationally renowned television producer, is best known for his role as the former co-host of the popular television show Mythbusters with Jamie Hyneman. Mythbusters produced more than 250 episodes that aired in more than 100 countries. The program tackled over 1,000 myths and performed nearly 3,000 experiments.

Savage has also worked as a graphic designer, robot builder, welder, machinist, toy maker and a variety of other jobs. He has written for Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine, among others. Savage is an honorary lifetime member of the National Science Teachers Association, an honorary member of Sigma Xi and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the Universiteit Twente in the Netherlands for his role in popularizing science and technology. Read his full biography below.

Homecoming at Mines will take place Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29. Alumni registration will open on July 9. More information and a full itinerary of Homecoming events can be found on the Mines Activities Council website, www.minesactivitiescouncil.com/homecoming-2018.

Biography 

Adam Savage is an internationally renowned television producer, host and public speaker. His mother is a psychologist, his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age, they encouraged his flights of fancy. Adam has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He spent six years in theater and 10 years in commercial and film special effects working for clients such as Nike, Corning, Hershey's and Coca-Cola, and films like Star Wars, the Matrix films, A.I., Space Cowboys, Terminator 3 and Galaxy Quest. Adam has built everything from theater sets to miniature particle accelerators. From spaceships to animatronic arms. He's made Rube Goldberg machines, hand props and spacesuits. Adam's online videos have generated over 230 million page views. He's written for Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine, among others. His program Mythbusters produced 270 episodes that aired in over 100 countries for 14 years. Adam shares his builds, his love for movie props and costumes, and passion for the transformative power of making on his award-winning website Tested.com. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Julia, his twin boys Thing1 and Thing2, and two amazing dogs.

Mythbusters Accolades 

Though Adam does not have a degree in engineering or science, he’s been made an honorary lifetime member of the National Science Teachers Association; an honorary member of Sigma Xi, and Dignitary Members of the Association of International Bomb Technicians and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the Universiteit Twente in the Netherlands for his role, along with Jamie Hyneman, in popularizing science and technology. 

 

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