The University of Utah will present special lectures on computer visualization and design and innovation in engineering education as part of its observances of National Engineering Week Feb. 19-23.
Jamie Painter of the computer science department will present a seminar on "Computer Graphics: Imaging for Scientific Visualization and Design" Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 102 Engineering and Mines Classroom Build-ing.Magdy F. Iskander, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Engineering Clinic Program in the College of Engineering, will lecture on "Innovation in Engineering Education at the University of Utah" Thursday at 7 p.m. in 102 EMCB. The seminars are free and open to the public.
Visualization allows scientists to turn numbers into images via computer graphics techniques that communicate the meaning of results faster and provide a more intuitive understanding of the problem.
IBM recently awarded a $1.8 million grant to establish a computer visualization program at the U., Brigham Young University and Utah State University. Visualization unifies the largely independent but convergent fields of computer gra-phics, imaging processing, computer vision, computer-aided design, signal processing and user interface studies.
Iskander, an authority on microwave theory, is director of the national Center for Computer Applications in Electromagnetics Education, also known as CAEME. The center was established to develop special computer graphics software to ease students into the study of electromagnetics, a fundamental part of the electrical engineering and physics disciplines.
Iskander is no stranger to innovative teaching. In 1986 he organized the College of Engineering's Engineering Clinic Program, one of only a few of its kind in the nation. Participating private companies sponsor research conducted by U. graduate and undergraduate students.