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News Release

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013

Mythbuster Next Omnibus Speaker

Key Info

  • Omnibus Speaker: Grant Imahara, robotics engineer
  • “Engineering in Entertainment”
  • Monday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rhinehart Music Center

Pick up in person at the Larson Ticket Office in Gates Athletics Center, Monday–Friday, 12:30–6:30 p.m. OR reserve online at OR If tickets remain, obtain one hour before lecture in the Rhinehart Music Center

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series presents robotics engineer Grant Imahara and “Engineering in Entertainment”, Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center. The lecture is open to the public; however, free tickets are required.

Before becoming a mythbuster on the popular Discovery Channel TV science program, Mythbusters, Imahara was an animatronics engineer and model maker for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where he specialized in electronics and radio control. His film credits include Star Wars, The Matrix, Jurassic Park, and Terminator.

Imahara has worked closely with R2-D2 units for the Star Wars films and is one of only three official R2-D2 operators in the United States. He also developed circuitry for the iconic Energizer Bunny.

Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots, Imahara’s first book, was released in 2003. It is regarded by many robot-building enthusiasts as the bible for combat robotics.

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures. Tickets may be obtained IN PERSON at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletics Center, 12:30–6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; ONLINE at, with a convenience fee of $1; or DAY OF EVENT in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture if seats remain. Tickets will be available three weeks prior to each event.

The Omnibus Lecture Series has been supported by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation since 1995. The 2012–13 season media sponsors are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Each lecture will be held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient. A 1,000-space parking garage is located in the Fine Arts Plaza to serve Omnibus audiences. Patrons are advised to allow ample time for traffic and parking, as the series and other events on campus may draw large crowds.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center is located on the north end of campus in the arts plaza next to the Ernest E. Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building, and behind the Medical Education Center.

For a parking map, more information, and speaker photos, visit the Omnibus website or contact Louise Teague, University Relations and Communications, at 260-481-6495 or