March 2011 Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series

Irwin YoungIrwin Young ’50
DuArt Films Laboratories

Public Lecture - Friday, March 18, 2011
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium

Title: How an Engineering Education affected my career

Mr. Young will discuss how his Industrial Engineering education helped him function in the motion picture film and entertainment industry by successfully merging technology and art.


Irwin W. Young, Chairman of the Board of DuArt Film Laboratories, Inc. and President of Western Broadcasting Corp of Puerto Rico (WOLE-12), was voted the 15th recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000, which is awarded to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry”. A pillar of the New York film community, Young helped bring numerous independent films to the screen through DuArt. As a producer himself, some of the award winning films he was responsible for are CAUGHT in 1995, AMERICAN ME in 1992, ALAMBRISTA, winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 and, in 1964, NOTHING BUT A MAN, which was a double prizewinner at the Venice Film Festival and was selected for the National Film Registry, Library of Congress.

In 1979, the Academy honored Young, Paul Kaufman and Frederick Schlyter from DuArt with a Technical Achievement Award for the development of a computer-controlled paper tape programming system and its application in the motion picture film laboratory.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) awarded him its Progress Medal in 1987. He also is the recipient of the New York State Governor's Arts Award, and the Independent Feature Project's First Annual Gotham Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kodak Award for Excellence, and the DGA Honors, recognizing leadership in the film and television industry.

An active member of numerous organizations, Young served as President and Board Member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Board Member of the Independent Feature Project and an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. In addition, Young is a Life Fellow and past President of SMPTE, was a three time President of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, Chairman and Board Member of The Moving Image, Inc, a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the New York State Council of the Arts.

About Spencer C. Schantz

This lecture series is endowed in the name of the late Spencer C. Schantz, who graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following progressive responsibilities with several electrical manufacturing companies, in 1969 he founded U.S. Controls Corporation and became its first CEO and President. The Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series was established by his wife Jerelyn as a valuable educational experience for faculty, students and friends of Lehigh’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department.

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