• Jan 17, 1960
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

An American computer scientist, he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the founding Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI). His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. Born in Kanas City, Kansas, he received his B.S. degree in Physics in 1982 from the Wright State University in in Fairborn, Ohio. He received his M.S. degree in Physics in 1984, and his Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1989, both from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. From 1985 to 1989, he was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1990, he joined the University of Utah, first as a Research Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI), and has held faculty positions in the Departments of Mathematics, Bioengineering, Physics, and Computer Science. In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor and Associate Chairman in the Department of Computer Science. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah and served as the Director of the School of Computing. He served as the Director of the ACCESS Program for Women in Science and Mathematics in 1993 and a member of the ACCESS Faculty from 1993 to 2003. In 1999 he founded and directed the Engineering Scholars Program, presiding until 2004. In 1992 he founded the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) research group at the University of Utah, which has since grown to become the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI Institute) employing over 200 faculty, staff, and students. He serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to several national and international research centers. In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and in 2012 he was selected as a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. He serves on several international journal Editorial Boards, as well as on Advisory Boards to several national and international research centers. The recipient of numerous awards, just a few of which are: in 1992, the Young Investigator's (FIRST) Award from the NIH 1992; in 1995 President Clinton named him one of 30 top young scientists and engineers nationally to receive the Presidential Faculty Award, each of which carries a $500,000 research grant; in 2010, the Rosenblatt Award from the University of Utah and the IEEE Visualization Career Award; in 2012, the IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award; and in 2013, the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award "For outstanding contributions and pioneering work introducing computing, simulation, and visualization into many areas of biomedicine." In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and in 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and received the Utah Cyber Pioneer Award; both in 2009. In 2014, he was elected an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his leadership in scientific computing and scientific visualization. With Charles D. Hansen, M. Chen, A.E. Kaufman and H. Hagen, he is the co-author of “Scientific Visualization: Uncertainty, Multifield, Biomedical, and Scalable Visualization” (2014), Mathematics and Visualization, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4471-6496-8; and “The Visualization Handbook” . (2005) with Charles D. Hansen, C.D. Hansen and C.R. Johnson, Elsevier, ISBN 0-12-387582-X.M.G. Genton, R. Potter, P. Kristi, G. Stenchikov, and Y. Sun (2014). "Surface boxplots" (PDF). Stat Journal 3 (1). pp. 1–11; and F. Jiao, J.M. Phillips, Y. Gur, (2013), "Uncertainty Visualization in HARDI based on Ensembles of ODFs" (PDF). Proceedings of 2013 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium. pp. 193–200. PMC 3898522. PMID 24466504.
  • Date of Birth:

    Jan 17, 1960
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    Founder of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) research group, which later became the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI Institute)
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