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Mk Haley, MFA

Published November 28, 2014

MKEntrepreneur in Residence, Faculty
College of Fine Arts
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Mk Haley has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1994 serving primarily with Walt Disney Imagineering in both technical and creative roles with the Virtual Reality teams, R&D, Special FX, Show Quality Services, and the Disney Research Labs. These teams allowed support of projects with a 10 year lead time, to critical in-park issues that needed immediate solutions. Mk has also served Disney Corporate initiatives related to New Technology programs and collaboration tools, as well as Disney Digital Media initiatives with their Television Groups. She has been an educator for 20 years teaching at both the high school and University level, including the Imagineering – UCLA partnership in Themed Entertainment Design, and recently served as both the Associate Executive Producer and Faculty at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With more than 25 years of service to ACM SIGGRAPH, Mk more recently served as the SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference Chair, and as the Themed Entertainment Association’s SATE Conference Technology Track Chair for 2013 & 2014.

Entrepreneur in Residence working in an exciting new informal area of study focusing on Environmental Storytelling. This area will be open to all students within the university and is a flexible model that can respond to industry trends and easily incprorpate multiple disciplines in collaborative projects. The intent is to draw the most talent and take advantage of the strongest speciality programs and individuals and allow them to work together.


  • MFA – Computer Animation: California State University Los Angeles
  • BFA – Computer Animation: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Teaching Areas

Building Virtual Worlds, Themed Entertainment, Experience Design, Computer Graphics and Animation, Best Practices in Personal and Professional Presentation

Research Areas

Collaboration Cultures and Best Practices. Themed Entertainment

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Contributing author to several books related to Design and Engagement, including The Imagineering Workout
  • Patent for a “Method and system enabling identification of information content having enhanced desirability to a user” specifically for online content.
  • ACM SIGGRAPH Pioneer in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Conference Chair, and various Committee Roles since 1989
  • Member of the Television Academy with a focus on Interactive Media
  • Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities
  • Cal State LA Distinguished Alumni