David Kirk is an NVIDIA Fellow and served from 1997 to 2009 as NVIDIA's chief scientist, a role in which he led the development of graphics technology for today’s most popular consumer entertainment platforms.
Kirk received the Distinguished Alumni award from the California Institute of Technology in 2009. He was elected in 2006 to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his role in bringing high-performance graphics to personal computers. He received in 2002 the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his role in bringing high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass market.
Prior to coming NVIDIA, he served from 1993 to 1996 as chief scientist and head of technology for Crystal Dynamics, a video game manufacturing company. From 1989 to 1991, Dr. Kirk was an engineer for the Apollo Systems Division of HP.
Kirk is the inventor of more than 60 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and has published more than 50 articles on graphics technology. He also authored the popular textbook “Programming Massively Parallel Processors” along with co-author Wen-mei W. Hwu. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from California Institute of Technology.