Julie Dorsey

Julie Dorsey is an American computer scientist specializing in computer graphics. With architecture as a driving application, her research in computer graphics has included work on high-dynamic-range imaging, image-based modeling and rendering, and billboarding. She is the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Computer Science at Yale University,[1] and the founder and Chief Scientist of 3d sketching software company Mental Canvas.[2]

Education and careerEdit

Dorsey was an undergraduate at Cornell University,[1] where she earned bachelor's degrees in both architecture and computer science.[3] She completed her Ph.D. in computer science at Cornell in 1993. Her dissertation, Computer Graphics Techniques For Opera Lighting Design And Simulation, was supervised by Donald P. Greenberg.[4]

She was a tenured professor of computer science and engineering and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Yale in 2002.[1]


Dorsey is the co-author of the book Digital Modeling of Material Appearance (with Holly Rushmeier and Fran├žois Sillion, Morgan Kaufmann, 2008). She was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2012 to 2014.[5]


Dorsey was the winner of the Richard Kelly Award of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3] In 2018 she was a winner of the Microsoft Female Founders Competition, providing venture capital to fund her company Mental Canvas.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Julie Dorsey, B.S., B. Arch. 1987, M.S. 1990, Ph.D. 1993 Cornell University. Joined Yale Faculty 2002", People, Yale University Computer Science, retrieved 2019-09-05
  2. ^ "our team", what is mental canvas?, Mental Canvas, retrieved 2019-09-05
  3. ^ a b Wright, Sarah H. (April 30, 1997), "Dorsey named Edgerton professor", MIT News
  4. ^ Julie Dorsey at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ ACM Transactions on Graphics Seeks Editor-in-Chief, ACM SIGGRAPH, retrieved 2019-09-05
  6. ^ "Yale Professor Julie Dorsey Wins Microsoft's Female Founders Competition", WIA Report, December 21, 2018, retrieved 2019-09-05

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