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DAVID B. KIRK TO RECEIVE 2002 COMPUTER GRAPHICS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM ACM SIGGRAPH
 
Conference: 21-26 July 2002
Exhibition: 23-25 July 2002

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas USA

David B. Kirk, NVIDIA Corporation, is the 2002 Computer Graphics Achievement Award recipient. The award recognizes his major accomplishments that have provided a significant advance in the state of the art of computer graphics and is still significant and apparent. Kirk was selected for the award to recognize his key technical role in bringing high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass market. Kirk will receive his award this summer at SIGGRAPH 2002, 21 - 26 July 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Kirk has been involved in graphics hardware and algorithm research for almost two decades. After receiving training at MIT in mechanical engineering, he received his BS and MS degrees there in 1982 and 1984. Kirk joined Raster Technologies working on the Raster Tech Model 1, Model 1/25, and Model 1/80, which offered z-buffering and shading in firmware. In 1984, he joined Apollo Computer. Along with Doug Voorhies and Olin Lathrop, he co-architected one of the outstanding graphics workstations of the day: the Apollo DN1000VS, the first workstation to offer hardware texture mapping. Kirk has published extensively with collaborator James Arvo, researching algorithms for ray-tracing acceleration, object-oriented ray tracing, and global illumination. He has also edited Graphics Gems III.

In 1989, Kirk went back to school at Caltech, earning a second MS and a PhD degree in computer science. His thesis, "Accurate and Precise Computation Using Analog VLSI, with Applications to Computer Graphics and Neural Networks," was completed in 1993. He then joined Crystal Dynamics as a computer game developer. Kirk said, "It was in this job that I developed a passion for the mass market and bringing graphics to the world."

To accomplish that vision, he joined NVIDIA in 1996. There he drove development of the RIVA128, the RIVA TNT, the GeForce, the GeForce2, GeForce3, and GeForce4. Today he serves as chief scientist and vice president of architecture at NVIDIA. Kirkís vision, dedication to that vision, and achievement in realizing it has influenced the world and computer graphicsí place in it.

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