Cornell Box Donald P. Greenberg - PCG Director
Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics
Cornell Seal

Dr. Donald P. Greenberg

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics
Director, Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics


Since 1966, Dr. Greenberg has been researching and teaching in the field of computer graphics. During the last 15 years, he has been primarily concerned with research advancing the state-of-the-art in computer graphics and with utilizing these techniques as they may be applied to a variety of disciplines. His specialities include hidden surface algorithms, geometric modeling, color science, and realistic image generation. He presently teaches the course Imaging and the Electronic Age in the Department of Architecture.

Working with the General Electric Visual Simulation Laboratory, he produced a sophisticated computer graphics movie, "Cornell in Perspective" as early as 1971. He is the author of many articles on computer graphics (including two published in Scientific American, May 1974 and February 1991, both of which have been highly publicized); and he has lectured extensively on the uses of computer graphics techniques in research applications.

He served as the founding Director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization until his term expired on July 1, 1995. This five-university consortium includes Cornell and Brown Universities, the California Institute of Technology, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Utah. He is also Director of the Program of Computer Graphics and the originator and former director of the Computer Aided Design Instructional Facility at Cornell University.

Dr. Greenberg joined the faculty of Cornell in 1968, with a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Structural Engineering. His prior education consisted of both the architecture and engineering disciplines at Cornell University and Columbia University. From 1960 to 1965, he served as a consulting engineer with Severud Associates, and was involved with the design of numerous building projects including the St. Louis Arch, New York State Theater of the Dance at Lincoln Center, and Madison Square Garden. He has taught courses in structural analysis and design, architectural design, shell structures, reinforced concrete, and computer applications in architecture. In 1970-71, he was a guest professor at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, and he has been a visiting professor at Yale University.

Dr. Greenberg is presently on the editorial boards of Computers and Graphics and Computer-Aided Design. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, SIGGRAPH, and Eurographics societies.


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Program of Computer Graphics, alumnus Eric Haines constructed a photomosaic of Dr. Greenberg comprised of photos of his current and former students and staff.

Last updated 05/07/02 PCG www Home