Michael Capps

Michael Capps (M.S. 1996)

Public Speaker & Former President at Epic Games

Dr. Michael Capps has been a game designer, executive producer, head writer, lead programmer, research professor, and studio executive. He’s best known for his decade as the president of Epic Games, makers of the mega-hit Gears of War and Infinity Blade franchises and the award-winning Unreal Engine. Mike currently serves on the boards of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Remedy Entertainment in Finland, the Sphero entertainment robotics company in Colorado, as well as a few unannounced companies. Prior to entering the games industry, Michael served on the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School, with a research focus of networked virtual reality and simulations.

Mike was recently featured as a digital warfare expert in the Military Channel’s Combat Countdown series. He is currently featured as a technology futurist on both the Science Channel’s “NASA Unexplained Files” and “What on Earth” series.

Mike was part of a panel discussion on startups as part of our 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. If you would like to see the video, click here.

Profiled in 2016


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