Ed Catmull wins the Ub Iwerks Award.
Congratulations to long-time ACM SIGGRAPH member and prominent volunteer Ed Catmull. Presented by the International Animated Film Society in honor of the man who defined a generation of moviegoers and animation fans, the Ub Iwerks Award was created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
To continue the tradition of honoring excellence in technical achievement, the recipient of the 2004 Ub Iwerks Award is Dr. Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar and member of the executive team of Pixar since the incorporation of the company. In 1979, Dr. Catmull brought his high-technology expertise to the film industry as vice president of the computer division of Lucasfilm, Ltd. During that time, Dr. Catmull managed four development efforts in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio. He was also a key developer of RenderMan®, the program that creates realistic digital effects for computer graphics and animation.