A pioneer in the field of computer graphics and a founding member of Silicon Graphics (later known as SGI), Kurt Akeley has helped develop innovative products like SGIâ€™s RealityEngine and the OpenGL graphics system. Heâ€™s contributed as well to 3D display technology, NVIDIA GPUs, and the Microsoft Research lab. He is an indefatigable traveler and prefers to be on the move when closer to home as well, often scheduling â€œwalking meetingsâ€ while exploring the tranquil neighborhoods near Lytroâ€™s Mountain View office.
Kurt earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and his B.E.E. from the University of Delaware. In 2005, he was awarded membership in the National Academy of Engineering. SIGGRAPH honored him with the Computer Graphics Achievement Award in 1995, and heâ€™s also been inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.