Higher Education in the Information Age

[Photo of Andries van Dam]

Andries van Dam

Professor of Computer Science
Brown University

Andries van Dam (Andy), a member of Brown's faculty since 1965, was a founder of the Computer Science Department and its first chairman, from 1979 to 1985. He is also Director of the NSF Science and Technology Center for Graphics and Visualization, a research consortium including Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Utah. Professor van Dam received the B.S. degree with Honors from Swarthmore College in 1960 and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1966, respectively.

His research has concerned computer graphics, text processing and hypermedia systems, and workstations. He has been working for nearly thirty years on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations, based on high-resolution interactive graphics systems, for use in teaching and research.

The widely used reference book Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, coauthored with J.D. Foley, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1982; the greatly expanded successor, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, coauthored with J.D. Foley, S.K. Feiner, and J.F. Hughes, was published in 1990. An undergraduate version, by the same four authors and D. Phillips, Introduction to Computer Graphics, was published in 1993. Pascal on the Macintosh - a Graphical Approach, coauthored with David Niguidula, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1987. Object-Oriented Programming in Pascal, A Graphical Approach, coauthored with D. Brookshire Conner and David Niguidula, was published in 1995. Van Dam has authored or coauthored more than 80 papers, which are listed in his curriculum vitae. He's been associate editor or on the editorial board of three journals.

Among his awards are the Society for Information Display's Special Recognition Award (1974), the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), the National Computer Graphics Association's Academic Award (1990), the ACM SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award (1991), the L. Herbert Ballou University Professor Chair (1992), the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (1994), and the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education Chair (1995). In 1994 he also became an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow. He received an honorary Ph.D. from Darmstadt Technical University in Germany (1995) and an honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater, Swarthmore College (1996). In 1996 he was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Professional Activities
In 1967 Professor van Dam cofounded SIGGRAPH, and from 1985 through 1987 was Chairman of the Computing Research Association. Professor Van Dam has been Associate Editor of the "ACM Transactions on Graphics" (1981-1986); editorial board member of "Computers and Graphics", Pergamon Press (1983 -); Advisory Editor, "Journal of Visual Languages and Computing", Academic Press (1989-); and editorial board member of the "IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics", (1994). He is currently on the technical advisory board of the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics, Integrated Computing Engines (ICE), and Microsoft, and is Chairman of the Board of Numinous Technologies, Inc.

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Last modified:  2 June 1997