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“The happiest place on earth …”

That’s where Terence Tien ’13 gets to go to work each day! As an Associate Project Engineer with Walt Disney Imagineering in the Design + Planning Studio, Tien works with the Imagineers who design the immersive built environments at Disney’s parks and resorts. In his role as a Project Engineer, he provides technical integration between all of Disney’s studio partners including Creative Show, Ride Engineering, R&D, Live Entertainment, and much more.
 
“We use a series of 3D visualization tools and issues resolution management to bring ideas from a sketch to a reality that guests can see, touch, feel and experience,” explains Tien. “This job has one of the most tangible rewards: one in which you get to directly see how your team's creations have created memorable experiences for the guests and families who come to visit the parks.”
 
In college, Tien participated in the Disney Imaginations Design competition where his team of six was among the top finalists to present and interview for internships with the company.
 
At Webb, it was an encounter during Unbounded Days 2012 that led to a career choice that would combine Tien’s dream job in a creative and technical position. “I was assigned to the Exploring Careers course. We were tasked with identifying what our dream job was, which sounded cheesy at first, but gave us the opportunity to dive deep and explore career options that peaked our interests,” says Tien. “I threw out that becoming an Imagineer sounded like a spectacular job, though it was a pipe dream at that point in time. Laura Wensley and Anne Stewart jumped through hoops to provide us with glimpses into the industries we had listed. As a result, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the Dreamworks campus as well as speak to a Webb alumnus at USC, Johnson Lightfoote ’08, regarding video game development. The experience lasted less than a week and was seemingly insignificant in the greater timeline throughout high school; however, this week made a significant impact that continues to remind me to this day how every moment can and should be cherished, and it ultimately lead to the career I have today, where I do not feel I work a single day in my life.”
 
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