Donna Cox, MFA, PhD


Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, is the University of Illinois’s first Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Director of the Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute (eDream), and Professor in the School of Art and Design at the College of Fine and Applied Arts. She is a member of the NCSA leadership team, and is a recognized pioneer in scientific visualization for public outreach and education and originator of the collaborative model of Renaissance Teams and the concept of visaphors (digital metaphors of computational science).

Through public outreach projects, Dr. Cox and her collaborators have inspired millions with cinematic virtual tours through astrophysics, earth sciences, engineering, and other data domains. AVL’s work is shared through venues such as international digital-dome museum shows, high-definition documentary television programs, and IMAX movies.

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected Dr. Cox as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci’s. As Director of eDream Institute, she is working with Illinois campus leadership to build a new interdisciplinary academic research and education program that includes visualization and interactive performance.


John Toenjes

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Dance


Robert Patterson

Associate Director for Production

also artist-technologist
Advanced Visualization Laboratory


Guy Garnett, DMA

Professor, Emeritus


Jay Roloff

Project Manager

also Project Manager
National Center for Supercomputing Applications


Jeff Carpenter

Multimedia Specialist (selected projects)

also Multimedia Specialist
Advanced Visualization Laboratory



Deanna Spivey

Administrative Assistant

(217) 244-1996

email: Deanna Spivey
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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