David Kirk (NVIDIA)

David Kirk is an NVIDIA Fellow and served as NVIDIA's chief scientist from 1997 to 2009, a role in which he led the development of graphics technology for today's most popular consumer entertainment platforms. He also serves on the U.S. Commerce Department's Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee.

Kirk was honored by the California Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Distinguished Alumni Award, its highest honor, for his work in the graphics-technology industry. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his role in bringing high-performance graphics to personal computers. He received the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award in 2002 for his role in bringing high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass market.

Prior to coming NVIDIA, Kirk served from 1993 to 1996 as chief scientist and head of technology for Crystal Dynamics, a video game development company. From 1989 to 1991, he was an engineer for the Apollo Systems Division of HP.

Kirk is the inventor of close to 100 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and has published more than 50 articles on graphics technology. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Caltech. Kirk is also the co-author (with Professor Wen-mei W. Hwu of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) of the popular parallel programming textbook, "Programming Massively Parallel Processors".