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Oct. 4, 2004

Engineering Hosts Seven-Time Academy Award Winner Oct. 7

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will host seven-time Academy Award winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom at a college-wide seminar beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Rydstrom, seven-time Oscar winner for best sound and best sound editing, has received numerous other awards in a career that includes extensive work with such filmmakers as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, James Cameron, P.T. Anderson, Robert Redford, and Ron Howard.

Among the films he has worked on are “Saving Private Ryan,” “Titanic,” “Jurassic Park,” “Terminator 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “Minority Report,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Star Wars: Episodes 1-3,” “Backdraft,” “Atlantis,” “Into the Arms of Strangers,” “A Bug's Life,” “Hercules,” “Punch Drunk Love,” “Quiz Show,” and many others. Currently, he is working at Pixar Animation Studios, where he is developing projects to direct.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,