Lucien Parsons

Director, Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC)
2130D Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742


With 20 years of technology and strategy consulting and 10+ years in video game company management, Lucien has been at the forefront of the changes that has turned computer science into a tool for creative people, not just engineers and accountants.  His background covers the range from fine arts to programming to education to management, so he is able to clearly translate the requirements of business to creatives, academics, and software engineers and visa-versa.  Having bootstrapped startups, run fully funded studios, and worked in and with Fortune 50 corporations, Lucien is uniquely suited to bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders and discovering the common interests and goals between them.  Lucien holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Innovation and an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advanced International Relations) in International Technology Policy. His BA was completed at Hendrix College. He was recently elected to Board Treasurer of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and serves as an advisor to multiple startups and entertainment companies.



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