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Maxine Brown 


“As a writer, I have helped define the technology revolution through documentation, grant writing, and promotion. As an organizer, I bring together institutions, people, their talents and abilities. As a mentor and self-described “EVL [Electronic Visualization Laboratory] Mom,” I have tried to serve as a role model and an inspiration to the many young men and women who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)." 

Global Lambda Integrated Facility Map, 2011. Courtesy of Maxine Brown.  From New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.         


Maxine Brown is a pioneering leader in technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, she’s recognized for her professional and academic excellence. She is a cofounder of the Global Lambda Integrated Facility 


In recognition of her services to UIC and the community at large, she received the 1990 UIC Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, the 2001 UIC Merit Award, and the 1998 ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. In 2009, Chicago’s award-winning multimedia public affairs series Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham designated her as one of fifteen Global Visionaries for her role in co-developing StarLight, an international/national hub for advanced research and education networks. Her long and successful career from graduate school to industry to academia has been devoted to fostering computer graphics and the arts. 

Maxine Brown, chair of the SIGGRAPH ’84 Electronic Theater, sits with Phil Morton in the audiovisual control center during the show, held in Minneapolis. Morton was head of the conference’s Audio/Visual Group while he was an SAIC faculty member.  

ACM SIGGRAPH ’84 Electronic Theater, 1984. 

Courtesy of Maxine Brown. 



computer graphics, CAVE , networking

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