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Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 12:00pm


Ed Catmull, President of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios

This colloquium will be held in the DeJong Concert Hall (HFAC) with overflow in the Pardoe Theater.  Seating is on a first come, first serve basis--no tickets.

There will be a screening of recent animations in the Varsity Theater from 1:00-1:45 pm and again at 2:00-2:45 pm.


Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Previously, he was vice president of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., where he managed four development efforts in the areas of computer graphics, video editing, video games and digital audio. Catmull has been honored with three Scientific and Technical Engineering Awards, including an Oscar®, from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work. He also won the Coons Award, the highest achievement in the computer graphics field, for his lifetime contributions and was awarded the animation industry's Ub Iwerks Award, given to individuals for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, Catmull earned B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah.