Mark Fuller, who graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Themed Entertainment Association. Fuller is CEO and chair of WET (Water Entertainment Technologies) Design, the Los Angeles-based world leader in water feature design and technology. Fuller’s firm has pioneered advances in the design and engineering of water features, holding more than 50 patents on water control, lighting and air compression devices, and laminar stream technology.

His career in creating special water effects began with his University of Utah honors undergraduate thesis on axisymmetric laminar fluid flow and its application in architectural-scale water features. After getting a master’s degree in engineering and project design at Stanford University, Fuller worked in the special effects department of the Walt Disney Company for six years supervising the creation of more than 500 special effects and water projects for the Disney Parks. When he left Disney in 1984, Fuller co-founded WET Design. His firm’s work can be seen all over the world, including the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas and the Dubai Fountain in the United Arab Emirates. Some of his Salt Lake City projects include the cauldron for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and the Olympic Snowflake Fountain at the Gateway. WET Design is currently working with Salt Lake City to develop fountains for the new City Creek Center.