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University of Utah

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Erik Brunvand is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He has been a faculty
member since 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon

As a computer scientist his research interests are related to the
architecture of computers (the detailed design of the internal
organization of the computing hardware), and the integrated circuits
that are used to build computers. He and his students have explored
asynchronous circuit and system design, software tools used in the
design and implementation of computer systems, and new architectures
for computer graphics processors that support ray tracing, a technique
for highly realistic image rendering. He teaches courses in computer
design, digital circuits, and integrated circuit design.
As an artist he is a co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers, a not-for-profit printmaking studio and gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Saltgrass Printmakers is an open-access studio that features equipment and supplies for almost all printmaking processes. The goals of Saltgrass Printmakers are to provide educational programs, open community access to professional printmaking facilities, collaborative
and individual opportunities for fine art printmakers, and to engage
the community to increase the appreciation and understanding of
printmakers' art.
Professor Brunvand's prints have been shown in a variety of local, national, and international venues. He has also organized two previous panels at the Southern Graphics Council (SGC) conferences in 2007 (Kansas City) and 2009 (Chicago).
His current collaboration with Alison Denyer involves making prints at
a micro-scale by printing on the surface of silicon integrated
circuits (ICs). The images are made using multiple layers of metal
interconnection materials on the IC surface which are separated by
silicon dioxide insulation. The resulting images range from 100 to 500
microns (millionths of a meter) on a side and includes lines as fine
a 0.5 microns. A microscope is required for viewing the prints.

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