Visualization Systems Scientist
Los Alamos Visual Analytics
left Los Alamos National
after nearly 15 years as a Scientific Staff Member to join Steve Smith
with Los Alamos Visual Analytics.
Dave came to LANL in 1993 as a Graduate Research Assistant to work with
the Computer Division's C-8 Visualization Team
and support UNM's Khorus Visual programming system under development at
that time. When Dave completed his MSEE from
UNM in 1996 he was asked to join the team as a Staff Member and began
working on ASCI Visualization projects that included evaluating
Tera-scale Visualization and analysis software
available at that time.
Dave holds a BS degree in
Computer Engineering from the University of
New Mexico and the MSEE degree mentioned above with
a thesis completed in spatialized audio systems.
During his nearly 15 years
Dave worked on projects at LANL in Computer
Graphics, Scientific Visualization, Virtual Reality,
Information Visualization, Immersive Systems, multi-headed graphics
console KVM extension control systems for SGI and Linux
cluster graphics systems.
Dave started his computer
career in the the United States Air Force in
1976. Dave was trained in computer repair and basic
electronics theory and troubleshooting. Dave had an unique experience
to be able to work on tube-based comuter systems
designed in the 1950s and were still in use in the late 1970s. The
upshot is - those tube-based systems 'broke' all the
time and he was able to get his hands on the systems often.
Later in his Air Force career,
Dave was trained in computer programming
techniques and used these new skills at
Kirtland AFB's Air Force Weapons Laboratory from 1983-86 working with
the late Bob Conley's Computer Graphics Team.
While at Los Alamos, Dave also
pursued a variety of side interests
including theater arts at Los Alamos Little Theatre
where he performed on stage, produced, directed, built sets, designed
lights and sound staging for various shows and
even worked with pyrotechnics for one show (smoke flash). Dave was also
involved in the LALT management serving on the
board of directors and was the board president from 2000-2002. Dave
continues to manage the Los Alamos County's Open Volleyball
night held each Wednesday night in the winter months. Dave is a USSSA
sanctioned umpire and is currently the
Los Alamos Softball League's Umpire In-charge (UIC).
Dave's publications include
La Cueva Grande:
a 43-Megapixel Immersive System,