Rachel Rose

UW–Madison computer sciences grad helped craft a galaxy far, far away

As a child, Rachel Rose wore clothes emblazoned with C-3PO and drifted off to sleep on Star Wars sheets. And while the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and the Jedi knights may have filled her dreams, she never imagined she’d grow up to help bring stories like theirs to life.

Yet Rose does exactly that as an engineer at Industrial Light & Magic, the motion picture visual effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas. And the UW–Madison computer sciences department played a key role in her path from young fan to one with the Force.