Mary C. Whitton

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • SIGGRAPH History Committee

Other Affiliation(s):

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science


  • United States of America


  • Mary was a founder of Ikonas Graphics Systems (1978 — acquired by Adage 1982) and Trancept Systems (1987 — acquired by Sun Microsystems 1988). Both companies made user-programmable hardware that was widely adopted in research laboratories for graphics, high-quality rendering, image processing, and volume visualization. Mary joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 and is now Research Associate Professor of Computer Science and Senior Project Manager at UNC’s Renaissance Computing Institute. Her research interest is discovering what technologies and techniques make virtual reality experiences effective and using knowledge of human perception to make them more effective. Mary earned a B.A. from Duke University (1970), and an M.S. in Guidance and Personnel Services (1974), and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1984) from North Carolina State University.

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