Dan E. Arvizu, Ph.D.

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote

Abstract: We’ll go over, in broad strokes, classic three act American film structure, generally as it incorporates the idea of The Hero’s Journey, then specifically as that applies to the Peter Jackson film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Consideration will be given to how the creative process can be enhanced, working within a well delineated structure. Finally these lessons will be extended to our real lives: How can you apply the structural elements of the screenplay to achieve the goal of your own personal Hero’s Journey? What is your Ordinary World? Have you had an Inciting Incident yet? Can you create one? Who are your Threshold Guardians, and how do you find them? Not sure we can always find the answers, but asking the questions is a good starting framework.

Dan Arvizu is the Chancellor and Chief Executive of the New Mexico State University System. He has decades of experience in advanced energy research and development, as well as is an expert in energy materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. Chancellor Arvizu is the Former Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is currently Director Emeritus.

He has been appointed by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to the National Science Board and served as Board Chair. Chancellor Arvizu has also been appointed by president Joe Biden to the President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST) charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President of the White House.

Chancellor Arvizu is a higher education leader focused on harnessing education, research, and outreach intiatives to foster economic development and social mobility.

He is also a member of the following:

  • U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
  • Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) Board of NAE
  • U.S. National Academy of Public Administration

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