Bruce E. Vaughn is chief creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he leads the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney's Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research and Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation. The scope of Vaughn's responsibilities includes theme park attractions and special effects, innovative theatre experiences, and new business opportunities that leverage invented and emerging technologies. Vaughn joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1993 as a senior technical specialist.
In order to gain experience in various aspects of the WDI process, Vaughn spent time working as a writer for Theme Park Productions and was associate media producer for the renovation of Spaceship Earth at Epcot. Since then, Vaughn has been involved in many efforts that cross over the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, including feature animation, television, theatrical, music, internet, consumer products and location-based entertainment.
Prior to joining WDI, Vaughn worked on the technical staff of Bran Ferren's company, Associates & Ferren, in East Hampton, NY for five years, where he contributed to the development and execution of special effects for various media projects. Vaughn has received several screen credits for feature films, including: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) – assistant camera: live action effects unit; Imposter (2002) – consultant: future technology. Since 2001, Vaughn has served as assistant professor at UCLA's Theatre, Film, and Television School, where he teaches Imagineering: The Art and Process of Entertainment Design. Vaughn has led R&D teams that received three THEA (Themed Entertainment Awards) awards: Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold – Attraction – 2000; Stitch's Photo Phone – Creative Technology – 2003; and Lucky the Dino – Creative Technology – 2004