Gerald Farin, posthumous professor emeritus

Gerald Farin

Gerald Farin, computer science professor and internationally renowned geometric modeling researcher, passed away Jan. 14, 2016. He pioneered the field of geometric modeling and helped elevate the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s computer science program to be one of the best during his 29 years at Arizona State University. He is survived by his wife and collaborator, Dianne Hansford, and left lasting impressions on those who knew him throughout his career.

Gerald Farin received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1980. He was the author of several textbooks on 3-D Modeling. He was editor-in-chief of the journal “Computer Aided Geometric Design” (impact factor 1.5) and served on the editorial board of “The Visual Computer”. He lectured about his research (3-D modeling) at over 100 locations worldwide.

His industrial experience consisted of four years of CAD/CAM development at Mercedes-Benz, Stuttgart, Germany.  He subsequently worked at the University of Utah (Mathematics) and Arizona State University (Computer Science) where he codirected the interdisciplinary center PRISM (Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling). This center focuses on research involving 3-D geometry, such as 3-D face scans, MRI  images, or GIS data.

Gerald Farin’s Obituary


Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Braunschweig, 1980

Research interests

3-D modeling, curve and surface design, scientific visualization

Honors and awards

  • Dagstuhl Award for achievements in geometric modeling

Key activities

  • Co-director, PRISM, 2004-2016
  • Internal Scientific Advisory Board, Arizona Alzheimer Research Center, 1996-2016
  • Computer Systems Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999
  • Editor-in-chief, Computer-Aided Geometric Design (Elsevier)
  • Editorial board, The Visual Computer (Springer)