Patrick Hanrahan

Patrick Hanrahan

Pat Hanrahan is Tableau Software's Chief Scientist. He is one of the three co-founders of Tableau. He is also the CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches computer graphics. His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures. It was in his lab that he with Ph.D. student Chris Stolte led the research leading to VizQL, the patented core technology behind Tableau. Before joining Stanford he was a faculty member at Princeton. Professor Hanrahan also worked at Pixar where he developed volume rendering software and was the chief architect of the RenderMan Interface - a protocol that allows modeling programs to describe scenes to high quality rendering programs. Pat has received three Academy Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.