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MARY T. DUDA

Mary Duda has been a technology industry leader and forward thinker for over two decades. Starting out with the technological explosion in the early 1980’s, Duda developed a reputation as an authoritative voice on the development and application of multimedia technology. After founding her own multimedia company in 1982, Duda Design, Inc., she quickly gained acclaim by producing Disney World’s EPCOT Grand Opening (1983), which utilized multimedia in ways never before realized. Upon completion of her work with Disney, Duda became the leading multimedia architect for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee. Duda then went on to work with AFI (American Film Institute), the U.S. Government, the Canadian Government and to develop next generation ‘edutainment’ programs for publisher Houghton Mifflin.

In 1996 Duda pioneered the production team that was responsible for “A Virtual Day in Paris,” which was one of the first live cybercasts in history. In 2000, Duda established Virtue Arts, a technology software company. As CEO/President of Virtue Arts, Duda has used her extensive knowledge of multimedia and software to deploy the development of industry leading scripting tools which allows programmers to more quickly and efficiently write programs. In November of 2003, Duda launched VirtuePlay, a game development company to take advantage of the power of the software which Virtue created. In 2009, Duda and VirtuePlay will unveil the most extensive application of these new tools, releasing the first virtual world of its kind: Lunar Racing Championship. Lunar Racing Championship fully utilizes Virtue’s proprietary scripting tools to create an astronomically and physically correct lunar exploration game.

Duda holds a BS in Media Arts and an MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. From 1985 to 1997, Duda taught Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies as part of UCLA’s extension program. She has lectured worldwide on the subjects of Interactive Games and Educational Systems.