Hall of Fame 2018

Robert Moorhead, II

Robert J Moorhead II is the Billie J. Ball Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University and the director of two research institutes at MSU: The Geosystems Research Institute and The Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA Cooperative Institute. Dr. Moorhead is on the Board of Directors of the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics, having served as Chair, Vice-Chair for Conferences, and Conference Chair over the past 20 years. He received the Career Achievement Award and the Outstanding Engineering Research Award from the Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. He has led analytical visualization research and development efforts in support of a plethora of engineering and science studies: computational fluid dynamics, physical oceanography, meteorology, disposal of dredged materials, and coastal / severe storms. Over the years, his research has migrated from image processing to visualization of large-scale computer simulations to most recently using unmanned aerial systems for advancing agriculture performance and understanding the environment.

Dr. Moorhead received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Geneva College in 1980 and a MS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1982. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1985 from NC State under Dr. Sarah Rajala, he joined the Image Technologies Group at IBM’s Research Center in New York as a Research Staff Member where he worked on what became the JPEG image standard. He joined Mississippi State University in 1989. Robert is married to Jane Nicholson Moorhead, a 1982 NC State University graduate in Electrical Engineering and a fellow faculty member at Mississippi State University.