Randy Pausch – Time ManagementGiven at the University of VirginiaTuesday, November 27
, 2007Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
For more information, seewww.randypausch.com© Copyright Randy Pausch, 2007Transcript by Friederike Sophie Brand.Please note that it may containtranscription errors.
Welcome to the University of Virginia. I notice a lot of folks here from out of town and we appreciateyour coming.We are very fortunate to have today with us my friend and mentor, Randy Pausch. I first met Randy in1992, when I became a professor here at UVA, and I was lucky enough to recognize Randy's greatnessearly on, and his honesty, courage and grace were very striking even back then. As a mentor, Randyhas been sort of a cross between Yoda, Captain Kirk and Jim Carrey, and his unique combination of wisdom, leadership and humor has taught me many important life lessons over the years. Randyalways gave me, and everybody else, honest advice that was untainted by political correctness, and infact sometimes untainted by politeness even, but I appreciated that greatly, because as a mentor,that's exactly what you want. I owe a lot of my success to him, and he's been a perfect mentor.There's an old saying, that "Talent does what it can, but genius does what it must." And Randy's geniushas been a valuable asset to me and to many, many others over the years. His sharp wit has made uslaugh many, many times, and still does. Randy repeatedly reminded us that those who think that youcan't have a lot of fun while getting an education probably don't know much about either. Indeed,Randy has raised the level of fun in education to an entirely new dimension. We'll forever be gratefulto him for doing so and for the wonderful value that he added to our lives. Randy's impact willcontinue to touch and affect many, many people across the world for many, many years to come.And now we would like to introduce our dean of engineering, Jim Aylor, who has a few more things tosay about Randy. Thank you.
Wow. It's really great to see everyone here, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science is reallyexcited that you've come to help us honor our colleague and friend, Randy Pausch. My understandingis that every seat is filled so we really do appreciate everyone being with us.What I want to do is to give you a little bit of background on Randy. I know a lot of you know about himeither directly or indirectly but then I want to make a couple of announcements that are special to ushere at UVA and the School of Engineering, and in special in terms of initial announcements of thingsthat are going to happen.Randy received his B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in ComputerScience from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. Directly from CMU, he joined the faculty of theComputer Sciences of the University of Virginia, where he successfully was granted tenure. During his