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 once a month via teleconference, as scheduled on the Calendar. Agenda topics of interest are welcome. 

For more information about the Web3D Board of Directors (BoD), please see our By-Laws and board member roles and responsibilitiesYou are welcome to contact the Web3D Board by sending email to our Executive Director - Anita Havele.

Elected Positions

Dr. Michael Aratow
Professional Member

Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center

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

Head of the “Visual Computing System Technologies” group (igd.fraunhofer.de/vcst), 

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

Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

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.

Dr. Darrell Hurt
Organization Member
supporting NIH

Chief, Bioinformatics Branch (BCBB) at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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. Christopher Lane
Organization Member

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, 3dMD Ltd

With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe. Following an early career in software engineering and as a consultant with a U.K. government agency focused on the promotion of IT and Standards, Lane joined Oracle, the world’s largest business-to-business software company. During his six years with the company, he held VP positions in Europe and the U.S., including head of Consulting Operations. Lane then joined the IT investment team at EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s leading venture capital investors. In 1994, Lane was appointed as CEO and president of TSW International, which he shaped to be the acknowledged market leader and visionary company in the Enterprise Asset Management market. Just prior to joining 3dMD, Lane held the position of COO at ECSoft, a European IT services provider.

Lane co-founded 3dMD in 2000 with the goal of establishing a highly-reliable, non-invasive 3D technology platform for efficiently imaging of people in 3D to a level of anatomical shape precision required to fuel growth in applications such as medical, biometrics, human factor, high-end fit apparel, and anthropometrics. 

Dr. Vincent Marchetti
Professional Member

President, Kshell

Vincent Marchetti is a consultant currently working  on projects involving GPS applications for surveying and the construction industry, and machine learning techniques for financial market analysis and bioinformatics. He has developed X3D applications for landfill management and is currently working on using the X3D standard as a tool for visualization of CAD/CAM information represented in STEP files. A component of this work is an online web application that extracts solid models from STEP files and renders them as X3D or X3DOM content.

He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University for work in experimental atomic physics and has held teaching positions at Oberlin College and Clarkson University.

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

Software Engineer, MBARI

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
Organization Member
supporting EDF
Mr. Christophe Mouton

Direction Production Ingénierie, Électricité de France (EDF). 

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
Director of Visual Computing, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Computing

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.

Dr. Jorge Posada
Organization Member
supporting Vicomtech

Associate Director, Vicomtech

Jorge Posada is Associate Director at Vicomtech – Visual Interaction and Communication Technologies Centre- since 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) in the field of 3D large model visualization in virtual reality for industrial plants. After working for several years as researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (Germany), in the Industrial Applications department, he joined in 2001 the R&D centre VICOMTech (San Sebastian, Spain) as Associate Director. Vicomtech is one of the leading applied research institutions in Spain with a focus in Computer Graphics -110 researchers, 40 Ph.D-. Jorge Posada works in applied research in the field of virtual reality, 3D graphics & data visualization in several fields, especially in Industry, Engineering and Media applications. Jorge Posada is also the President of the Board of the international network GraphicsMedia.net, the International Network for the Cooperation in Applied Research in Computer Graphics, Multimodal-Multimedia Technologies, and Visual Interactive Digital Media Technologies, with 7 members worldwide. He is a promoter of the innovative use of Computer graphics and Visual Computing technologies for Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet.

Jorge Posada is member of IEEE, ACM and Eurographics. He has co-authored about 80 research publications and has been co-director of 3 Ph.D. Thesis directly related to Computer Graphics and 3D. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer), and has been member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international Journal Computer & Graphics (Elsevier) and the International Journal of Virtual Reality (IPI Press). He is also very active in international top conferences such as ACM/Eurographics Web3D 2013 (General Chair), ACM/Eurographics Web3D 2012 (General Co-Chair) and KES 2012 (General Co-Chair).

Mr. Michael Russalesi
Vice President
Organization Member
supporting Synergy Software Design

Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Software Design, LLC.

Michael Russalesi is currently the co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of Synergy Software Design, LLC. Michael is also responsible for business development, user interface/experience design, and software development. Under his lead, Synergy deployed to the Navy an all-digital web-based solution for specialized facility inspections (SPIDERS). SPIDERS has reduced the total cost of Navy specialized facility inspections by 30%. Michael also lead the team that deployed the first and only enterprise 3D facility planning tool to the Navy that utilizes X3D. He has been contracting with the Navy for 12 years and has worked on various tasks ranging from project management, scanning services, and custom software programming to marketing and outreach.

Non-Elected Positions

Ms. Anita Havele
Executive Director
Web3D Staff

Executive Director, Web3D Consortium

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 coordinates and works with other standards organizations such as W3C, OGC, HL7, DICOM, 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 the advancement of emerging technologies. After leaving EDS she continued her involvement 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.