ALVY RAY SMITH is an award winning engineer and digital imagery pioneer and visionary. With Ed Catmull, Smith was a founding member of the Lucasfilm Computer Division, which developed computer graphics software, including early renderer technology. He and Catmull later went on co-found Pixar. After the spinout from Lucasfilm of Pixar, funded by Steve Jobs, he served on the Board of Directors and was Executive Vice President.
In 1991, Smith founded Altamira Software Corporation, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1994. He became the first Graphics Fellow at Microsoft in 1994. He is currently President and Founder of Ars Longa, a digital photography company.