Ed Angel is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the first UNM Presidential Teaching Fellow. At UNM, he was Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Media Arts. He has held academic positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and the University of Rochester and has held visiting positions in Sweden, the U.K., India, Venezuela, and Ecuador.
He is the founding director of the Art, Research, Technology, and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab) at UNM, a unique interdisciplinary center with educational, research, and economic development activities that span the range of digital media.
His research interests have focused on computer graphics and scientific visualization. He has supported graduate students working in volume visualization, virtual reality, and massively parallel computing.
The seventh edition of Ed’s textbook Interactive Computer Graphics was released in March 2014. The third edition of his companion book, the OpenGL Primer, was published in 2006. His books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
Ed was the Principal Investigator of the Digital Pueblo Project, an NSF-funded project that combined arts and technology to promote economic development among the communities in New Mexico through collaborative graphics and animation projects. He was a co-PI on the NSF Partnership for Innovation project “A Consortium for Fulldome Development” which is a joint project of the University of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Presently, he is a co-PI on the NSF sponsored “New Mexico CS for All,” which is working with high schools across the state to bring computational thinking into the curriculum through professional development of teachers and dual-credit courses for students.
Until recently, he was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Complex, a non-profit that draws on the creativity of scientists, technologists, and artists to solve complex problems to meet business, government, and social needs.Ed also served on the Executive Committee of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries and was Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.
He received a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.