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The Man Behind Amazing Movie Simulations

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Photo of Jessica Alba and recipients of 2008 A.M.P.A.S Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its annual Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards on Feb. 9, 2008, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actress Jessica Alba (front row, center) hosted the black-tie presentation dinner. Computer scientists Ron Fedkiw and Frank Losasso Petterson are seated on the end of the second row.

Credit: Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Copyright , A.M.P.A.S.


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A still photo of fire, one of Fedkiw's simulations.

A still photo of one of Ron Fedkiw's simulations, created with Jeong-Mo Hong and Tamar Shinar. Fire is another low viscosity liquid, and modeling it accurately can be difficult.

Credit: Frank Losasso, Jerry Talton, Nipun Kwatra, Ron Fedkiw / Courtesy of Standford University


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Photo of Ron Fedkiw, Associate Professor, Stanford University in the classroom.

Ron Fedkiw, Associate Professor, Stanford University, in the classroom. Fedkiw has worked in the field of computational physics. His computer simulations of liquids and other physical states are so precise, they are incorporated in several Hollywood blockbusters. Fedkiw and a colleague received a Scientific and Technical Oscar this year for their contributions to movie making.

Credit: Frank Losasso, Jerry Talton, Nipun Kwatra, Ron Fedkiw / Courtesy of Stanford University


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A still photo of water, one of Fedkiw's simulations.

A still photo of one of Fedkiw's simulations, created with Frank Losasso, Jerry Talton and Nipun Kwatra. Low viscosity liquids like water behave in specific ways. Fedkiw's work in modeling these liquids has many uses in physics, engineering, movie making and other fields.

Credit: Frank Losasso, Jerry Talton, Nipun Kwatra, Ron Fedkiw / Courtesy of Stanford University


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