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Dr. Ergun Akleman is a Professor in the Departments of Visualization & Computer Science and Engineering. Akleman has been in Texas A&M University for 24 years. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. Akleman is a living embodiment of the transdisciplinary teaching, research and creative activities. He had more than 150 publications in leading journals and conferences in wide variety of disciplines from computer graphics, computer-aided design, and mathematics to art, architecture and social sciences. His both Erdős and Bacon numbers are two. In other words, he is close to both, the core of mathematics research and moviemaking. He is also a professional cartoonist who published more than 500 cartoons. He has a bi-monthly corner called Computing through Time in the Flagship magazine of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Computer. He has illustrated and written several children’s books in Turkish. He also writes monthly popular science articles with his own illustrations. His most significant and influential contributions as a researcher have been in shape modeling and computer aided sculpting. His work on a topological mesh modeling has resulted in a powerful manifold mesh modeling system, called TopMod. Significant amount of people have downloaded the software. Many talented artists created very interesting sculptures using TopMod. There are approximately 100 YouTube videos on TopMod. He teaches both technical and artistic courses. 73 students received graduate degrees under his supervision (65 MS in Visualization, four MS in Computer Science and Engineering, three PhD in Architecture and one PhD in Computer Science and Engineering). During the last six years, 34 students completed their graduate degrees and had 31 technical publications with him. Most of his former students now work in companies such as PIXAR, Disney, DreamWorks, Digital Domain, Google, Amazon and Facebook.
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