Barbara Mones has been working to develop innovative applications in the area of computer graphics and animation, both in academia and industry, for 18 years. For 10 years, she was a tenured Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the Visual Information Technologies MA/MFA Program, a course of study in multimedia, computer graphics and animation at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition, she designed and implemented training programs in the areas of digital modeling, animation and 3D paint at Dreamworks/Pacific Data Images and Industrial Light and Magic. She also consulted in the area of computer animation training for the Disney company. She has served as the Art Chair for the Education Committee, Panels Chair for the 1997 conference, and coordinated an international Student Animation Competition for the ACM/SIGGRAPH organization for the past 17 years.