Hi, I’m Matthew Waller, a third year, majoring in industrial design with a focus on project coordination, production design, and model making in themed experience design and storytelling at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I have had experience with software such as Unity, Revit, and Adobe Creative Suite, experience with modeling and building physical prototypes, and strong project management skills to get multiple projects done on time and on budget. I chose my major because I want to use the power of design to bring smiles to people’s faces and create an emotional impact on guests. I want to make an impact in the field of experiential design by striving to coordinate teams to work together to create immersive environments, produce emotionally impactful guest experiences, and hope to work in creative leadership and development in my long-term career.
I have implemented my design skills in various projects by being the President of Georgia Tech Theme Park Engineering and Design Club. For instance, I create the award-winning Lantern of Life, which creates the illusion of people living inside of it so that one can experience it when standing in a queue for a themed attraction. In addition, I lead the story development and fabrication of a model flume ride and acted as a project coordinator for a time-travel-themed simulator attraction. Also, an example of me using my leadership and communication skills is when I did my Eagle Scout project, where I built picnic tables for a local elementary school so the kids could have class and lunch outdoors!