Lorensen Vitae

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Bill Lorensen retired from GE Research in January 2007. Bill remains as an active contributor to the open source Insight Toolkit. He has revived an interest in golf after a 25 year hiatus.

Bill's career at GE started in 1978. He was a Graphics Engineer in the Visualization and Computer Vision Lab at GE Research in Niskayuna, NY. He has 40 years of experience in computer graphics and software engineering. Bill recently worked on algorithms for medical image analysis and scientific visualization. He is a co-developer of the marching cubes and dividing cubes surface extraction algorithms, two popular isosurface extraction algorithms. His other interests include computer animation, color graphics systems for data presentation, and object-oriented software tools. Bill is the author or co-author of over 80 technical articles on topics ranging from finite element pre/postprocessing, 3D medical imaging, computer animation and object-oriented design. He is a co-author of "Object-Oriented Modeling and Design" published by Prentice Hall, 1991. He is also co-author with Will Schroeder and Ken Martin of the book "The Visualization Toolkit: An Object-Oriented Approach to 3D Graphics" published by Kitware in 2004.

Bill holds thirty one US Patents on medical and visualization algorithms. In 1991, he was named a Coolidge Fellow, the highest scientific honor at GE Research. In 2004, Bill received the first IEEE Visualization Career Award. In 2006, Bill was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prior to joining GE in 1978, he was a Mathematician at the US Army Benet Weapons Laboratory where he worked on computer graphics software for structural analysis. He has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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