It has been named after the late CMU professor, Randy Pausch, and other alumns for raising pancreatic cancer awareness. Pausch co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center and helped researches to create a revolutionary way to teach computer programming known as Alice. He died of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2008 at the age of 47.
Pausch is remembered for his highly acclaimed last lecture on September 18, 2007 called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". This talk revealed his childhood wish to become a professional football player, experience zero gravity, and develop Disney World attractions. He also reminded listeners to always look for the good in others and work hard and life life to the fullest.
Randy Pausch will always be remembered for his many accomplishments while at CMU as well as in all the lives he has touched over the years. For more information about Randy Pausch Day click here.