John Staudhammer, a pioneer in the computer graphics field during his career, passed away in February 2017.

Staudhammer, who is an emeritus professor from the University of Florida, was an ASU faculty member in engineering from 1964 to 1967.

Over his 50-year career, Staudhammer was eager to help students in the emerging field of compute graphics as a professor at UCLA, North Carolina State University, Zhejiang University, and the University of Florida. Beyond the universities, he consulted for the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation and the Pentagon, and he served as an expert witness.

He was on the editorial board of IEEE’s Computer Graphics and Applications magazine from 1980 to 1990 (three years as editor-in-chief), published 40 papers and led dozens of short courses. He and his students were early and prolific contributors to SIGGRAPH.

Alum John Pokoski, who earned his master’s in 1965 at ASU, recalled fond memories of Staudhammer after his own long career as a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire.

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