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Luminaries ring in School of Computing's 50th anniversary

L:R: Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and was former president of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Henry Fuchs, Federico Gil distinguished professor of Computer Science and adjunct professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, take questions during the Kahlert School of Computing's 50th anniversary celebration. Photo courtesy of Dan Hixson, senior graphic designer, College of Engineering.

The Kahlert School of Computing in the John and Marcia Price College of Engineering celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 23-24, 2023, at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House with panel discussions, seminars, and a slate of keynote addresses by luminaries in the world of computer graphics and visualization, including Ivan Sutherland, Ed Catmull, John Warnock, and Alan Kay. The event included a banquet held at the Natural History Museum of Utah and culminated with an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) milestone award ceremony and plaque dedication at the Alumni House.

The plaque reads:

In 1965, the University of Utah established a Center of Excellence for computer graphics research with Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) funding. In 1968, two professors founded the pioneering graphic hardware company Evans & Sutherland; by 1978, fundamental rendering and visualizations techniques disclosed in doctoral dissertations included the Warnock algorithm, Gouraud shading, the Catmull-Rom spline, and the Blinn-Phong reflection model. Alumni-founded companies include Atari, Silicon Graphics, Adobe, Pixar, and Netscape.

Please visit the University of Utah’s YouTube channel to access event-related videos.

Below are photos from the event:

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