As the lead graphic designer for Star Trek, Michael Okuda has earned screen credit on more Star Trek productions than anyone except Gene Roddenberry. Mike was responsible for the control panels, computer readouts, alien written languages and other cool stuff in Star Trek: The Next Generation through Enterprise, and on all the Star Trek movies made during that period. His work on the show has been honored with three primetime Emmy nominations for Best Visual Effects.
Mike’s work for the real space program includes the astronauts’ mission patch for the STS-125 flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis to service the Hubble Space Telescope. He also designed the team emblem for Mission Control (Flight Operations Division), the project patch for the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, and the mission patch for the Ares I-X test flight. Mike has been recognized with NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.
Mike served as a technical consultant to the writing staff of Star Trek, and with Rick Sternbach is coauthor of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. He recently wrote the text for Pocket Books’ coffee table book, Ships of the Line.
Along with his wife, Denise, Mike serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s special advisory committee on the Starship Enterprise filming model. Mike’s credits also include The West Wing, Threshold, The Informant and The Bourne Legacy.
Mike graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is a member of the Art Directors Guild, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Visual Effects Society. Mike believes strongly in the value of science education and he really wants to be the first graphic artist in space.