Celebrating the Utah Graphics Pioneers

The presentation of an IEEE Milestone recognition is attracting the greatest constellation of computer graphics superstars to the University of Utah campus March 23-24.  Hear from luminaries Ivan Sutherland, Ed Catmull, John Warnock, Alan Kay and others as they tell how Utah changed the world of computer graphics and visualization.

Thu-Fri, March 23-24, 2023

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


A Keynote by Telle Whitney, Co-Founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, will kick off a day long celebration of the past, present, and future of the Kahlert School of Computing.


Friday, March 24

10 a.m. to noon.


This celebration's centerpiece will tell the story of Utah's worldwide impact on CG and visualization, and an IEEE bronze plaque will be unveiled.


Friday, March 24

1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Hear from the visionaries who launched the computer graphics revolution as they reflect on their student days at the U and their trailblazing technology contributions.


Travel Accommodation


We have partnered with the University Park Hotel and the Grand America Hotel to provided discounted rates on rooms. If you would like to stay at the University Park Hotel, which is near the university campus, click here to make reservations. If you prefer to stay in downtown Salt Lake City, you can make reservations for a discounted room either at the Grand America Hotel or Little America Hotel.

Additionally, Visit Utah is a great resource to plan your travel here in Utah, including additional travel accommodations.

The events will be taking place at the Alumni House:

Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House
155 Central Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-6995

Transportation Options

  • From downtown, this would be an easy uber ride.
  • The Trax line does go up to the University from many stops downtown, but will require a 10 to 15 minute walk to reach the Alumni house from it's nearest station.
  • Parking will be provided near the Alumni house free of charge.

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Please enjoy the events with the following live stream links

Thursday, March 23
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, March 24
10 a.m. to noon

Friday, March 24
1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thu, March 23

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Welcome: Mary Hall, Director, University of Utah Kahlert School of Computing

Panel: Leading the Way in Computer Science Education. Emeritus Professors Dave Hanscom and Joe Zachary, moderated by Erin Parker

Panel: Foundations for Creativity: Utah Computer Science, the Early Years. Chuck Seitz (formerly Myricom, Caltech, Utah), Al Davis (NVIDIA; formerly, HP, Utah) and Duane Call (formerly Vinca Corporation, BYU), moderated by Rajeev Balasubramonian

Keynote: The future and promise of technology - innovations from extraordinary women. Telle Whitney, Co-Founder, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and Former CEO of Anita Borg Institute

- Lunch -

Keynote: Utah and the Frontiers of Computing. Steve Parker, Vice President of Professional Graphics, NVIDIA

Panel: Impact of Networking Research, from ARPANET to Emulab & Beyond. David Andersen (CMU) and Cody Cutler (Amazon), moderated by Rob Ricci

Future Video: Kahlert School of Computing assistant professors talk about what the future holds for the field

Keynote: Single Flux Quantum (SFQ) Digital Electronics (Digital circuits totally distinct from Quantum Computing). Ivan Sutherland, 1968-74 Utah Professor, 1988 Turing Award Winner

Fri, March 24

10 a.m. to noon


Introduction Video

Welcome: Brian Berg, IEEE Region 6 History Chair and Event MC

Why Utah?: Dan Donahoe, IEEE Milestone Proposer

IEEE Background: Kathy Hayashi, IEEE Region 6 Director

The IEEE Milestone Program: Brian Berg

Remembering David Evans: Alan Kay '69

How It All Started: Pixar Animation Studios Co-founder Alvy Ray Smith moderates a discussion with Ivan Sutherland, and Bob Schumacker about the beginnings of the computer graphics revolution and the founding of Evans & Sutherland

Stories as a Student: John Warnock '69, Co-founder of Adobe

The “Utah Illuminati”: Alvy Ray Smith moderates a discussion with John Warnock ’69, Henri Gouraud ’71, Ed Catmull ’74, Henry Fuchs ’75, Martin Newell ’75, and Jim Blinn ’78 about their PhD work at Utah, and their subsequent dramatic impact on CG and visualization

Keynote: To Pixar, and Beyond! Ed Catmull '74, Pixar Animation Studios Co-founder and past President

Milestone Plaque Presentation by Brian Berg, Kathy Hayashi, and Dan Donahoe on behalf of IEEE to Richard Brown and Mary Hall of the Univ. of Utah

- Lunch -

IEEE Milestone dedication plaque celebrating the Utah graphics pioneers presented from IEEE to Pres. Taylor R. Randall, Richard Brown, and Mary Hall of the Univ. of Utah

Fri, March 24

1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Richard B. Brown: Welcome

Alvy Ray Smith, Event MC: Introductory Remarks

Ed Catmull: The Creative Environment

Martin Newell: The Teapot Again?  Why?

James Blinn: The Bumpy Road to Blinn Shading

Henri Gouraud: The French Connection and Image Analysis

Bob Schumacker & Rod Rougelot: Evans & Sutherland – Corporate Culture and Contributions to Computer Graphics

Henry Fuchs: From Ivan Sutherland’s Head-Mounted Display to Augmented Reality Eyeglasses: a 50-year Adventure

Alan Kay: We were so lucky ...

John Warnock: New York City Harbor to PostScript and PDF