April 3, 2014, Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is pleased to announce that Alessandro Galvagni, General Manger of Turbine, will be the featured speaker at its annual David Healy Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The lecture, The Business of Games: Get Paid to Play, is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on campus at the Campus Center Theater. The event will include a reception immediately following the lecture and is free and open to the general public.
“We are honored to offer our students the opportunity to engage with Mr. Galvangi, a successful leader and innovator in the fields of design, technology and gaming. Technology plays a prominent role at Mount Ida. Many of our career-focused programs, including the recent announcement of our newest degree programs for fall 2014 in Digital Visualization, Animation and Media Communication, feature strong foundations in the evolving areas of technology and design,” noted Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design at Mount Ida. “Mr. Galvagni’s extensive career in leading innovative organizations and expertise in these areas is excellent and of great interest to our students.
About Alessandro Galvagni
Mr. Galvagni brings an extensive background building and leading organizations that deliver innovative products, games and technologies to his current role as General Manager of Turbine. Based in Needham, Massachusetts, Turbine is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including Infinite Crisis, The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online®, and Asheron’s Call®.
Prior to his role at Turbine, Mr. Galvagni held a number of significant positions including the Head of Studio for Crowdstar, President of Transpera, Chief Technology Officer of Glu Mobile, an Architect at BEA Systems and as technical project leader of Pumatech building, one of the first full-featured browsers for the mobile web. Mr. Galvagni also held senior engineering positions at Pumatech, Proxinet and NASA Ames Research Center in the computational science division.
Galvagni has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from California State University at San Jose, and a Master in Science in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.
About the David Healy Lecture Series
The David Healy Lecture Series was established in 2011 to bring prominent business leaders to campus to speak with business students and the College community as a complement to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the School of Business. The lecture series is named in honor of David Healy, the former Vice President of Finance and Acting Vice President of Development, who retired in August 2011, after nine years of dedicated service. Also named Treasurer Emeritus by the Board of Trustees, Healy continues to teach at as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business.
About Mount Ida College
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.