Filming for National Geographic in a deep crevasse on Mt. Rainier.

Larry Engel

Associate Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
    Filmmaker in Residence, Investigative Reporting Workshop
    Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
  • With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for Best Cinematography and the Mountain Spirit award from Mountainfilm in Telluride. His teaching focuses on theory, production and emerging media. His favorite classes include Classroom-in-the-Wild: Extreme HD Alaska, and The Practice of Environmentalism that takes students to the Galapagos Islands.

    The PBS series "The Human Spark," hosted by Alan Alda, and directed and photographed by Engel ( won the prestigious AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Reporting.

    "Potato Heads: Keepers of the Crop" premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival and has played in festivals around the world.

    Engel is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America–East, International Documentary Association, National Association of Science Writers, and the Potomac Appalachia Trail Club–Mountaineering Division.
  • Degrees

    MFA, School of the Arts, Columbia University, NYC; MS, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; BS, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:


  • SOC - School of Communication
  • McKinley - 228
  • 8-6

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  • Spring 2015

  • Fall 2015

    • IDIS-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Scholars Research Lab
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    • SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs: Smartphone Media Production
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Professional Presentations

Larry Engel's Environmental Presentation at the Corto e Fieno Film Festival, Lake Orta, Italy.

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