ACM Siggraph: Pioneers of CGI Education

On Wednesday, 8 March 2023, the SIGGRAPH Pioneers held another in their Pioneers of Computer Graphics series. Dr. Bill Joel moderated an all-star panel of CGI educators, including three recipients of the SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award and two Chairs of the SIGGRAPH Education Committee.

Moderator: Bill Joel Dr. William J. Joel recently retired from teaching Computer Science full time after thirty-nine years in academia. He is Director of the Computer Graphics & Animation Research Projects initiative, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Massive Collaborative Animation Projects initiative.


Ed Angel Edward Angel is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico where he was the founding director of the Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab). He is best known for introducing a top-down approach to computer graphics using OpenGL and WebGL. His textbook is now in its eighth edition, and he has taught over 100 short courses worldwide.

Glenn Goldman Glenn Goldman is an architect, planner, and educator as well as a photographer. He was the Founding Director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Art + Design, with programs in Digital Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design. He was a pioneer in the use of computer graphics in architectural design. He is the current chair of both the ACM/SIGGRAPH Education Committee and the Distinguished Educator Award Committee.

Don Greenberg Since 1966, Dr. Greenberg has been teaching courses in computer graphics at Cornell, in Computer Science, computer-aided design in Engineering and Architecture, computer animation in Art, and technology strategy in the Business School. He is currently conducting research on virtual reality and is developing new tools for architecture, engineering, and computer science, focused on twenty-first-century design methods for urban and architectural design and animation.

Barbara Mones Barbara Mones has been working in computer graphics and immersive narrative technologies in both academia and industry for over thirty years. Since 1999 she has worked at the University of Washington in Seattle where she is a Teaching Professor, Creative Director of the Animation Research Labs (ARL) and Director of the Reality Lab Studio. Research includes the areas of facial expression, the design of XR curriculum, and the production of narrative experiences.

Scott Owen After a fourteen-year academic career in Chemistry, Scott Owen moved to the new Computer Science program at Georgia State University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has been a long time ACM SIGGRAPH volunteer in multiple roles including Conference Chair in 1997. He received the SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award in 2018, and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee, as well as the Nominations Committee representative to the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee.

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