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Alain ChesnaisAn Audio Interview with
ACM President Alain Chesnais

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Alain Chesnais is the newly elected ACM president. As a 25-year veteran in the software industry, focusing on 3D technologies and social media, he surely has a wealth of information to share with students of computing who are considering entering this field of work.

Not long ago, Chesnais founded Visual Transitions, a company that specializes in helping other companies move to HTML 5, as well as adding fully featured 3D capabilities through WebGL.

Among his many career highlights, he was chief technology officer at SceneCaster, where he served as director of engineering at Alias|Wavefront with the team that developed the award-winning software package Maya 3D.

He has a long history with ACM as well, having served as vice president from July 2008 to June 2010, and secretary/treasurer from July 2006 to June 2008. He also served as president of ACM SIGGRAPH (ACM's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) from July 2002 to June 2005 and SIG Governing Board Chair from July 2000 to June 2002.

In this interview with Stephen Ibaraki, he speaks about international issues, and notes that they are of serious importance to the ACM and its future reach. He also says he would like to apply his experience with social networking sites to expand ACM's online presence and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among members.

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