He joined DreamWorks Animation in 2008 as Head of Research and Development, where he oversaw the strategic vision, creation and deployment of the studio’s CG production platform and software tools.
Mr. Wallen is a recipient of InfoWorld’s 2012 “Technology Leadership Awards,” the prestigious annual award that honors senior executives who have demonstrated creative, effective leadership in inventing, managing, or deploying technology within their organizations or in the IT community. Under his leadership, DreamWorks Animation was named to the 50 Most Innovative Companies list in MIT’s Technology Review.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Mr. Wallen was Chief Technology Officer for Online and Mobile Services at Electronic Arts where he led the gaming company’s technical approach to publishing and videogame development for cell phones. He also served as Vice President at Criterion Software, Ltd, and as Chief Technology Officer for MathEngine.
Before joining the entertainment industry, Mr. Wallen enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor at Oxford University, and was the first Director for the multidisciplinary Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Durham, United Kingdom and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.