Kurt Akeley

Chief Technology Officer

Kurt Akeley is CTO at Lytro, where he applies his knowledge in computer science and optics to advance light field rendering technology.

A pioneer in the field of computer graphics and a founding member and former SVP and CTO of Silicon Graphics (SGI), Kurt has helped develop innovative products like SGI’s RealityEngine and the OpenGL graphics system. Prior to Lytro, he served as Principal Researcher and GM at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley and in Asia.

Kurt built what may have been the world's second laser printer, as an undergraduate project at the University of Delaware, and the printer was used as the EE department printer for several years after.

Kurt earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and his B.E.E. from the University of Delaware. In 2005, he was awarded membership in the National Academy of Engineering. SIGGRAPH honored him with the Computer Graphics Achievement Award in 1995, and he’s also been inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.