Web3D Board of Directors

The Web3D Consortium Board of Directors considers and makes strategic decisions on behalf of all Web3D Consortium members. Web3D Consortium Board members exercise influence over the development and adoption of Web3D standards. They also provide valuable industry expertise to support the forward-thinking market strategy of the Consortium.

The Web3D Consortium Board has three primary roles: to establish policies, to make strategic decisions, and to oversee the organization's activity. They oversee management, finances, and quality; set strategic direction; build community relationships; establish ethical standards, values, and compliance. The Board typically meets twice each month via teleconference, as scheduled on the Calendar. Agenda topics of interest are welcome. 

For more information about the Web3D Board of Directors (BoD) elections and responsibilities, please see our By-LawsYou are welcome to contact the Web3D Board by sending email to our Executive Director - Anita Havele.

Elected Positions

Dr. Michael Aratow
Professional Member

Michael Aratow is Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center, an integrated delivery network which is part of the nation’s Safety Net institutions. Besides working for ICD10 readiness, Meaningful Use and management of three different Electronic Medical Records, he is currently helping to direct the business intelligence strategy for San Mateo County Health System and also promotes clinical innovation through piloting solutions from early stage companies.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics and continues to practice.  Michael received his MD degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his Emergency Medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  He performed a research fellowship at UCSD School of Medicine in Orthopedics and was a research consultant at NASA/Ames Research Center in basic physiology and virtual environment projects.  Besides being a member of the Board, Michael is Co-Chair of the Medical Working Group of the Web3D Consortium.

Dr. Johannes Behr
Organization Member
supporting Fraunhofer IGD
Dr. Johannes Behr

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Behr received his M. Sc. diploma in Advanced Software Engineering from the University of Wolverhampton in 1996. From 1997-2004 he was working as a research assistant within the Visual Computing department of the Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (ZGDV). Areas of interests where Virtual Reality, Computer Vision, Stereo Vision and 3D Interaction Techniques. Since 2005 Johannes Behr is working at the Fraunhofer Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (IGD). In 2005 he has received his doctoral degree from the Darmstadt University of Technology. The title of his thesis is “Avalon – A scalable Framework for dynamic Mixed Reality Applications“. From 2008 to 2010 was he leading the VR-group of the "Virtual and Augmented Reality" department. He is now the head of the "Visual Computing System Technologies"  department which coordinates the current and future efforts to develop the InstantReality and the X3DOM frameworks.

Dr. Don Brutzman
Directing Member
supporting Naval Postgraduate School
Don Brutzman

Don Brutzman is a computer scientist and Associate Professor working in the Modeling Virtual Environments & Simulation (MOVES) Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California.  Currently he cochairs the Extensible 3D (X3D) and X3D CAD Working Groups for the Web3D Consortium.  Together with Leonard Daly he is coauthor of the book X3D Graphics for Web Authors, published April 2007 by Morgan Kaufmann.  He is a retired naval submarine officer.  His research interests include real-time 3D computer graphics, underwater robotics, artificial intelligence, and high-performance networking.

Mr. Leonard Daly
Professional Member
Mr. Leonard Daly

Leonard Daly is a 3D-systems architect; speaker; and co-author of “X3D: Extensible 3D Graphics for Web Authors”; and President of Daly Realism, a consulting firm specializing in web applications and graphical information systems integration. He has presented at five SIGGRAPH and Web3D Conferences on various X3D and HTML topics. His current work is guiding the development of the next generation of integrated-3D/HTML players. He has won several awards for his innovative work in information projects at The Aerospace Corporation and Web3D Consortium. At the Web3D Consortium, he is chair of the X3D Working Group and sits on the Board of Directors. Previously was Chair of Los Angeles Profession Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. Mr. Daly holds a BS in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.

Dr. Darrell Hurt
Organization Member
supporting NIH

Darrell Hurt, Ph.D., heads the Computational Biology Section of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Hurt focuses on computational structural biology, including protein folding, docking, and molecular dynamics. He also provides special expertise in 3D printing, visualization, and modeling. Before working at NIAID, Dr. Hurt did postdoctoral work in lipid signaling and cell trafficking using X-ray crystallography with Dr. James Hurley at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). His educational background includes a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brigham Young University and a combined M.S./Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Clardy. His doctoral work was recognized with the Pauling Award from the American Crystallographic Association, and he is the author of several scientific research articles.


Mr. Mike McCann
Organization Member
supporting Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

As a software engineer in the Support Engineering Group, Mike develops and supports applications and systems for acquiring, storing, and visualizing MBARI collected data. There are interesting challenges in the effort to glean information from the diverse collections of data that MBARI has the unique capabilities to acquire.

To provide good service Mike draws on his background in physical oceanography, scientific visualization, and his volunteer service at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Before coming to MBARI in February 1996 Mike worked for 11 years at the Naval Postgraduate School, the last few years of which he spent analyzing and visualizing the output from various versions of eddy-resolving global ocean circulation models.

Mr. Christophe Mouton
Directing Member
supporting EDF
Mr. Christophe Mouton

A graduate from Telecom SudParis, Christophe MOUTON joined the CAD team of the R&D center of Electricty of France, the French Power utility in 2001. In charge of studying remote collaborative visualization for EDF scientists, he has been investigating the Web3D technology since 2003 at the Web3D ACM Conference in Saint Malo (France).

EDF became a member of the Web3D Consortium in 2004 and helped  ISO to adopt the X3D binary standard with XIOT, the first opensource API library to read and write X3D binary files.

In 2008 he built one of the major displaywalls in Europe, creating a full web access to remote graphics resources: VisuPortal. In 2011 he moved ito the nuclear engineering unit of EDF and he is now in charge of the standardization expertise for 3D mock-up, massive 3D visualization for the Web and data handover for EDF Plants projects.

He is member of the board of the Web3D Consortium since 2012.

His scientific papers can be found at: http://independent.academia.edu/christopheMouton

Dr. Nicholas Polys
Directing Member
supporting Virginia Tech

Nicholas F. Polys is Director of Visual Computing with Virginia Tech Research Computing Group and Affiliate Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems for over 15 years. His research interests lie at the center of graphics and Human Computer Interaction: the intersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception. After his undergraduate research in Cognitive Science at Vassar College (1996), he jumped into the networked information space of the WWW developing audio, visual, and 3D assets and software. His doctoral work at Virginia Tech (2006) examined perceptual cues and layout behaviors for Information-Rich Virtual Environments for desktop to immersive platforms.

He is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium. He is a co-author of the international standard (ISO) Extensible 3D (X3D), elected Director and President of the Web3D Consortium, and Chair of the Web3D Medical Working Group.

Mr. Sandy Ressler
Vice President
Organization Member
supporting National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mr. Sandy Ressler

Sandy Ressler has over 30 years of experience with a wide variety of computer graphics and user interface technologies. Starting a career at Bell Labs followed by a stint at a video game startup he is a pioneer and visionary in the development of 3D computer graphics for use on the Internet. He was on the Web3D Consortium's, Board of Directors for  6 years, two of which as Vice President. After several years hiatus he is back as a member of the Board and is currently co-Vice President. The consortium is the organization responsible for VRML/X3D the ISO standard for 3D on the Internet. Ressler was responsible for the unlimitedly successful Web3D Consortium Medical Working group strategy to associate X3D with the DICOM medical standard resulting in X3D as the official 3D representation inside of DICOM.

From 1997-2001, he created and ran the world's leading web site for 3D on the web at About.com. Ressler ran several Web3D Showcase events (demonstration events) at SIGGRAPH (the premier conference for the computer graphics industry) which exposed tens of thousands of people to Web3D applications. Ressler has also been a leader in applying visualizations for 3D anthropometry (human measurement) data, resulting in safer children's products, and was a leader in the use of Web3D graphics for manufacturing applications.

He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles (www.sandyressler.com/vitae.htm) and is widely regarded as one of the leading figures in the industry as illustrated by articles in the press including the NY Times, Federal Computer Week, and Popular Mechanics. Ressler has also authored three books, two on electronic publishing and coauthored the classic "Life with UNIX". He holds an MFA in visual arts (computer graphics) from Rutgers University.

Mr. Peter Schickel
Vice President
Organization Member
supporting Bitmanagement
Mr. Peter Schickel

Peter Schickel is founder of Bitmanagement Software GmbH and leads the company since its foundation in 2002. Prior he was head of research at blaxxun interactive AG which was focused to the development of 3D internet software. At blaxxun he was directing the development of 3D viewer technology within 6 EC/BMBF R&D projects and built up a network of leading European Technology Companies. Focus of his work was the transfer from R&D results into commercial products, e.g. leading to winning the Digiglobe-Award for E-Commerce of Deutsche Telecom and Focus. At the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Munich, Germany and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) in Milan, Italy, he was working from 1992 to 1998 at the development of graphical systems in the areas of Virtual Reality, Remote Sensing (GIS) and GPS. He is accredited from the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) for Standardization of VRML and MPEG technologies and is active in the Web3D consortium – at the moment member of the Board of Directors – since 1998. Mr. Schickel holds a degree in information science from the University of Technology Munich (TUM).

Non-Elected Positions

Executive Director
Web3D Staff

Anita Havele has over 15 years’ of experience in computer graphics, and a strong background in technical marketing of open standards in 2D/3D graphics. She has developed strategic roadmaps to build and deliver next-generation new media 3D successfully.  She has extensive experience in developing and managing programs for promotion and adoption of standards. She is currently the executive director of the Web3D Consortium implementing strategic plans for the global growth and adoption of the Consortium’s standards and 3D technology. She also co-ordinates and work with other standard organizations such as W3C, OGC, ISO and Khronos.

Before joining the Web3D Consortium her standards work extended to the automotive industry as part of a leading group at GM/EDS standardizing the design engineering processes. The nonconformance and revenue loss at GM lead to her strong support of open standards for advancement of emerging technologies. After leaving EDS she continued her involved in standards development developing methodologies and standards procedures in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for the automotive design analysis industry. 

She is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Marquette University, USA.

ISO Liaison
Liaison Member
Dr. Richard F. Puk

Richard is the technical expert from the United States and the United Kingdom and currently serves as ISO/IEC JTC1/SC24/WG6 Convener. This involves editing and/or reviewing draft standards in the areas of computer graphics, imaging, and environmental representation.

He is also the Co-editor of the VRML, H-Anim, and X3D specifications and liaison from ISO/IEC JTC1/SC24 to the Web3D Consortium. Member of X3D, Medical, and X3D Earth WGs. 

Richard provides computer graphics consulting, design, and implementation services with an emphasis on computer graphics standard to clients including Megatek Corporation, Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office, the Web3D Consortium, and Yumetech (web graphics development). 

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from  Purdue University.