David C. Evans, co-founder and chairman of Evans & Sutherland, an international computer graphics and image generation company, is the recipient of the first Modern Pioneer Award from Geneva Steel.
The award, presented to Evans Saturday night during a banquet in the Little America Hotel, honors a person or company exemplifying the pioneer spirit."The spirit of pioneering that has distinguished Utah and its people throughout its history continues to flourish and motivate individuals, such as David Evans, to singular modern pioneering achievements," Geneva President Joseph A. Cannon said.
Cannon said Evans & Sutherland has "brought recognition to the state of Utah because of the excellence of their operations."
"This is a company that continues to be an innovative company and to do good things for the state of Utah," Cannon said.
Evans & Sutherland designs, builds and markets digital computers and software that create visual images. The systems are used in engineering, design, training simulation, research, education, graphic arts and entertainment. Among its clients are the Chrysler Corp., University of Colorado (Boulder), the Naval Training Systems Center, CAE Electronics Ltd., of Montreal, Canada, and Rediffusion Simulation Ltd., of Crawley, England.
Evans was presented a bronze sculpture by Utah artist Dennis Smith of a farmer operating a binder drawn by three horses while a small girl sits on his lap. The sculpture depicts the hard work of the early pioneers whose efforts established Utah, Cannon said.
Cannon also said the company will make a $5,000 donation to the educational institution of Evans' choice. Evans asked that the donation be made to the Utah Girls Village.
Evans said he could claim credit for creating the environment that allowed a dream to become reality but little credit for the actual dream of providing computer generated graphics and images.
"A company like this does have dreams . . . that are realized by working together with people," Evans said. "The dreams I've realized are in many ways the dreams of other people."
Evans said his company's philosophy is that it is not successful unless it provides goods and services that are not only valuable, but strengthen a community.
As an example, a simulated training program for pilots produced by Evans & Sutherland is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration as the only acceptable aircraft-training method, Evans said.
The company's future aims are to become a supplier of general purpose supercomputers, Evans said, while continuing to provide quality employment and service to the community, and to be respected as good neighbors.
Evans' professional career began with the Bendix Corp.'s Computer Division, where he was director of engineering research and development. He was later recruited by the University of Utah to establish its computer-science program. He, in collaboration with Ivan Sutherland, established Evans & Sutherland, which today employs 1,300 people worldwide and has corporate revenues approaching $135 million.