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Laird Malamed, MA

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

Interactive Media & Games Division

Work Phone: 310-903-0886

Laird is COO of Oculus VR, Inc, the leading personal virtual reality hardware company, and he is a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry.  Malamed was Sr. Vice President and head of development at Activision Blizzard overseeing software, hardware and manufacturing for products such as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and Skylanders.  Malamed is also a Part Time Lecturer at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he attended graduate school and has consulted in the K-12 Education space since 2011 about issues of sustainability.  Malamed earned a joint BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and Film & Media Studies.