Area of Expertise: collaborative environments, open source, software engineering management, scientific and information visualization
Ray Idaszak is RENCI’s director of visualization and collaborative environments. He leads the visualization team, which spans the RENCI centers at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State and the RENCI home office and works closely with staff at the regional engagement sites to help them use RENCI’s distributed visualization infrastructure for scientific discovery, information visualization and decision support. Prior to joining RENCI, Idaszak spent 12 years Ray as chief technology officer and member of the board of directors of a large display company, where the products his team brought to market earned several industry awards. He was the first technical staff member of the visualization group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois and later formed the initial MCNC visualization group and the MCNC International AVS Center. His work has appeared in magazines including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American Discover and Britannica’s Science and Future and on the PBS shows NOVA and The Infinite Voyage. Idaszak, who earned a degree in computer science engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, also holds 11 patents.