1998 ACM SIGGRAPH Awards

Outstanding Service Award

Maxine D. Brown 

Maxine Brown is the recipient of this yearís SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. She has a long history of service to the computer graphics and supercomputing communities, including: ACM SIGGRAPH Vice Chair for Operations (1985-1987) and Secretary (1981-1985); SIGGRAPH 79 exhibits co-chair; SIGGRAPH 84 Electronic Theater chair; general conference chair of SIGGRAPH 92 in Chicago (which attracted a record-breaking crowd of 34,000); co-chair of the SIGGRAPH 94 VROOM event; a member of the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing 95 conference Information Architect committee; and, organizer and host of the Supercomputing conference Visualization Theater (1988-1991).

She has contributed to many facets of SIGGRAPH, notably: the development of its renowned trade show; the introduction of live performance into the Electronic Theater (as well as naming it the "Electronic Theater" from "Film & Video Show" to recognize all types of multimedia presentations); starting the Education Committee; an insistence on quality, both in terms of content and aesthetics, in SIGGRAPH hardcopy publications; concern that the contribution of its volunteers be well recognized; and, co-editor of the SIGGRAPH newsletter's landmark "Visualization in Scientific Computing" report.

Maxine D. Brown is an associate director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), responsible for the funding, documentation, and promotion of its research activities. She works closely with EVLís collaborators at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory to coordinate research activities. Prior to coming to EVL, Brown was a professional communications consultant, and held various positions at Digital Productions, ISSCO and Hewlett-Packard.

Brown holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Temple University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.