Association for Computing Machinery Lecture Series in Memory of Nathan Krasnopoler


Ed Catmull is photographed on January 15, 2010 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Next talk: Q&A with Ed Catmull

Time:  7pm
When:  October 27, 2020
Where: For Zoom details, click here.
For talk flyer, click here.

Who: Ed Catmull, 2019 Turing Prize Award winner for his contributions to 3D graphics and CGI filmmaking.

Bio: Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and the former president of Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios. For over twenty-five years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits, which have grossed more than  $8.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date, and won thirty Academy Awards®.

His book Creativity, Inc.—co-written with journalist Amy Wallace and years in the making—is a distillation of the ideas and management principles Ed has used to develop a creative culture. A book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, it also grants readers an all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation Studios—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history have been made.

Dr. Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards®, including an Oscar of Lifetime Achievement for his technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. He also has been awarded the Turing Award by the world’s largest society of computing professionals, the Association for Computing Machinery, for his work on three-dimensional computer graphics. Dr. Catmull earned B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah.  In 2005, the University of Utah presented him with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Engineering. In 2018, Catmull announced his retirement from Pixar, though he has cemented his legacy as an innovator in technology, entertainment, business, and leadership.

Nathan Krasnopoler

This lecture series is made possible by the generosity of numerous supporters of the Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Fund, established at the Whiting School of Engineering to benefit the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM.) Nathan Krasnopoler ’13, a computer science major, was severely injured in February 2011 when he was struck by a car while bicycling near the Homewood campus. Although he was wearing a helmet, Nathan suffered irreversible brain damage and passed away from his injuries in August 2011. A student of great promise and a leader in the Johns Hopkins chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Nathan was an active and valued member of the Johns Hopkins community. As a result of the crash and to prevent future injuries and loss of life caused by medically-impaired older drivers, Nathan’s family formed Americans For Older Driver Safety, a non-profit organization with a national focus. Since 2012, AFODS has promoted education of older drivers using research-based best practices. AFODS has created a curriculum for educating older drivers, has worked on public policy changes in Maryland, Missouri, and Kansas, and is currently developing an educational program for health care providers on medical conditions that affect driving and giving providers printed information for their patients on local mobility programs and driving evaluation programs.

Gifts to this fund are used to sponsor an annual lecture in Nathan’s memory and to benefit the activities of the ACM. If you would like to honor Nathan’s memory and his dedication to the ACM, you are invited to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund. Please visit and indicate the Nathan Krasnopoler Memorial Fund in the “other designation” text box. For more information about the fund, please contact the Whiting School of Engineering’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations at (410) 516-8723 or

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