Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2007 (Revised April 2007)

The University of Utah and the Computer Graphics Revolution

by H. Kent Bowen and Courtney Purrington


Computer science departments were new to universities in the 1960s, and the one created at the University of Utah by David Evans and Ivan Sutherland had a research mission to invent the field of computer graphics. Details the research process that led to many of the critical breakthrough concepts and algorithms for the field and the training of PhDs, who then created companies that brought the new technology to the marketplace.

Keywords: Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Management Practices and Processes; Mission and Purpose; Research and Development; Technology Adoption; Computer Industry; Education Industry; Utah;


Bowen, H. Kent, and Courtney Purrington. "The University of Utah and the Computer Graphics Revolution." Harvard Business School Case 607-036, March 2007. (Revised April 2007.)