School of Computing Graduates Attend Alumni Day

October 13, 2017

On September 30, 2017, School of Computing graduates gathered in the Warnock Engineering Building to celebrate the 2nd School of Computing (SoC) Alumni Day event. School of Computing graduates were invited to attend the bi-annual event where they were offered opportunities to network, exchange ideas, hear great talks, and socialize with fellow alums.

School Director, Ross Whitaker spoke about the promising future for the U’s School of Computing as well as the rising opportunities in the field of computer science. Additional talks were given by Jeanette Haren (BS ’95), co-founder and chief product officer at Performance Matters; Steve Parker (PhD ’99), VP and CTO of Professional Graphics at Nvidia; and two SoC faculty, Ryan Stutsman and Rogelio Cardona-Rivera. The group also heard from Jim Blinn (PhD ’78), a computer graphics researcher and well-known Utah alum. The attendees were also treated to demos from students in the SoC Capstone Class.

During the event the school presented the SoC Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Blinn for his distinguished technical and educational contributions in computer graphics.

“It was an excellent opportunity for me to come see my son present his senior project, hear from Jim Blinn about his experiences as a student at Utah and fascinating to hear about some of the first frame buffer rendering efforts.
I met other alumni I plan to network with in the future.”

Paul Johnston (B.S. ’92)

“The lectures alone were worth the time. An excellent opportunity to connect with alumni, faculty and current students.”

Justin Call (B.S. ‘97)

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