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Carolina Cruz Neira 


Assisted Living, 2004. Courtesy of Carolina Cruz-Neira.  

From New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.  

“I wanted to see if what I had done actually had real meaning. I wanted to change the world with my work. I was highly focused, especially in the first few years, really, really hard on generating groups of publications that would have a very noticeable benefit of using something like the CAVE.” 

Carolina Cruz-Neira, Ph.D., a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is a pioneer in the areas of virtual reality and interactive visualization. She is internationally known for being the creator of the CAVE virtual reality system, and was named one of the top innovators in VR, including one of the top three greatest women visionaries in this field.   

BusinessWeek identified her as a “rising research star” in the next generation of computer science pioneers. Cruz-Neira is an ACM Computer Pioneer, received the IEEE Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award and the Distinguished Career Award from the International Digital Media & Arts Society. She is currently the Agere Chair Professor in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. 

She received the Boeing A. D. Welliver Award in 2001, the Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Society in 2007, the Career Achievement Award from the International Digital Media and the Arts Association in 2009, and the Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar Award in 2014. She was inducted as Eminent Engineer by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society in 2002 and inducted as a Computer Graphics Pioneer by the ACM SIGGRAPH society in 2003.  

HERSTORY: Digital Innovations Symposium & Book Signing NCSA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, October 26, 2018


To show readers changes in the workplace, Life assigned staff photographer Margaret Bourke-White to a historic 1943 photo essay, “Women of Steel,” by capturing a day in the life of midwestern “Rosies” who were working at a plant that manufactured components for ballistic tests, among other war machine parts, in Gary, Indiana. 

 Self-Portrait, 1943, Margaret Bourke White 

 19 1/8” x 15 1/4” Vintage gelatin silver print 

 From the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection 


dance, virtual reality, CAVE, VROOM, and PHSColograms 

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