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Alyn Rockwood

1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

Currently Director of the InterNext Graphics Institute. Doing it for two months.

2. What was your first job?

Teaching Math and Physics at a German “Gymnasium” in Hamburg.

3. Where did you complete your formal education?

PhD in Applied Math at the University of Cambridge, UK, Darwin College

4. How did you first get involved with ACM SIGGRAPH?

Submitted a paper in 1981 while working at Evans and Sutherland, …and it was accepted!

5. What is your favorite memory of a SIGGRAPH conference?

Having Jim Clark tell me my paper was the best for that year (1982)

6. Describe a project that you would like to share with the ACM SIGGRAPH community.

First texture-mapped CG system– E&S SP3T (1982). A great story, …some time over coffee.

7. If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why?

Van Gogh – love his art and ability to suffer for it.

8. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Worked on the first recursive subdivision modeler (REMUS, 1983) - a commercial flop. Twenty years ahead of schedule, as it turned out.

9. From which single individual have you learned the most in your life? What did they teach you?

Really cannot say – so many have taught me so many good things.

10. Is there someone in particular who has influenced your decision to work with ACM SIGGRAPH?

Thomas W Jensen and Mickey Mantle. (If you know which Mickey that was, you have been in graphics a long time).

11. What can you point to in your career as your proudest moment?

Students’ choice for best teacher award.