Distinguished Alumni Awards

Fontaine K. Richardson

Fontaine K. Richardson
To Fontaine K. Richardson, engineer, entrepreneur, and industrial executive, for his pioneering efforts and fundamental technical contributions in the development of interactive CAD/CAM systems, for his entrepreneurial leadership in the computer industry, and for his sustained support of computer science educational activities at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vice President and Director, Eastech Managment Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

PhD, Computer Science, 1968

Fontaine Richardson has made significant contributions to engineering and computer science. His research led to the development of many new, innovative, and important products in the field of computer-aided design and computer graphics, including interactive CAD/CAM systems, integrated circuit design tools, a color ink-jet plotter, and application software. He was one of four founders of Applicon, Inc., a company that pioneered in developing interactive CAD/CAM systems, and he contributed significantly to its success as a leader in the field. He has worked as an independent consultant and was a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He currently is a partner and vice president of Eastech Management Company. Serving as technical director and board member for a number of high-technology companies, he has helped foster research interaction between UIUC’s Department of Computer Science and the computer industry. He is a strong supporter of computer science education at the University of Illinois at Urbana=Champaign and is the first president of the newly formed Computer Science Alumni Association at UIUC.

Current as of 1992.