Family and friends of the late MythBusters host Grant Imahara (pictured) have established a non-profit foundation in his memory.
The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation will provide mentorships, grants and scholarships as part of its mission to “inspire and empower” underserved youth to become active in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
It was officially announced today (Oct. 23) during a public online celebration of Imahara’s life, on what would have been his 50th birthday.
The electrical engineer, roboticist and television host — best known for his work on Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project – passed away in July from a brain aneurysm at age 49.
Founding board members include Carolyn Imahara, Grant’s mother; and longtime professional colleagues and friends Don Bies, Anna Bies, Edward Chin, Fon H. Davis, Coya Elliott and Ioanna Stergiades.
“There are many students, like my son Grant, who need the balance of the technical and the creative, and this is what STEAM is all about,” Carolyn Imahara said in a statement. “I’m so proud of my son’s career, but I’m equally proud of the work he did mentoring students. He would be thrilled that we plan to continue this, plus much more, through The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.”
Imahara started his career as an engineer for Lucasfilm’s THX division before moving to the company’s visual effects division, Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked for nearly a decade on films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace; A.I. Artificial Intelligence; The Lost World: Jurassic Park; and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, to name a few.
He first appeared on MythBusters in 2005. Imahara left the show in 2014 with fellow “Build Team” colleagues Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. In 2016, the trio of scientists reunited to investigate unusual events from pop culture, science and history in White Rabbit Project.