Advisory Board Member, Andries van Dam, Receives SIGGRAPH’s 2019 Distinguished Educator Award

By Sandra Dieron, PR Assistant, Computer Science 

Andries van Dam, UCSB CS Advisory Board member and Professor at Brown University, has recently been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Educator Award by SIGGRAPH. The Distinguished Educator Award is given annually to a SIGGRAPH member for outstanding pedagogical contributions to computer graphics and interactive techniques. Award criteria include the impact on research practice of education as it relates to graphics and interactive techniques, cumulative contributions to the field, innovation in education, influence on the work of others, and being active in the ACM SIGGRAPH Community.

Professor Van Dam has been on Brown’s faculty since 1965, and was one of the department’s co-founders and its first Chairman. He served as Brown’s first Vice President for Research from 2002-2006. He was a Principal Investigator and was the Director from 1996-1998 of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Graphics and Visualization, a research consortium including Brown, Caltech, Cornell, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and the University of Utah. Professor van Dam received his B.S. degree with Honors in Engineering Sciences from Swarthmore College in 1960 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1966, respectively.

To read SIGGRAPH’s official announcement of van Dam’s award, please click here.

Congratulations to Andy on this outstanding award!