Donna Cox

XSEAD Co-PI; Michael Aiken Endowed Chair; Director, eDREAM Institute; Steering Committee,
Director, Advanced Scientific Visualization Laboratory;University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, is the first Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of the Illinois eDream Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a recognized pioneer in Renaissance Teams and supercomputer visualizations for public outreach (visaphors). She and her collaborators have thrilled millions with cinematic science and virtual tours through astrophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, mathematics and other data domains in science educational productions that include high-definition television, digital Museum exhibits and planetarium shows, and IMAX movies. They have collaborated on public outreach with the American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Science, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Cox was Art Director and Producer for Scientific Visualization for the science educational IMAX film “Cosmic Voyage,” nominated for 1997 Academy Award and funded by National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, and the Motorola Foundation. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected Donna Cox as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci’s. She was SIGGRAPH Director at large for four years and SIGGRAPH 2005 Emerging Technologies Chair. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Leonardo. As Director of the eDream Institute, she is working with Illinois campus leadership to build a new interdisciplinary academic research and education program.