Brand Fortner is a research professor in physics at NCSU, and is considered an expert in accessible scientific visualization and in technical data formats.
He previously was chief scientist of the intelligence exploitation group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and is the founder of two scientific software companies.
Dr. Fortner previously held positions at NASA and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and has written two books on color vision and technical data. He holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Illinois and funded a chair in astrophysics at that university. He also cosponsors a film festival at that university.