(written from a Production point of view)
Ed Catmull (born 31 March 1945; age 70) was an employee of Industrial Light & Magic who was in charge of designing the computer graphics in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He was largely responsible for the CGI rendering work for Project Genesis.
In 2009 Catmull received the Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the film industry at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards. Parts of the show, which was held at the 7th February, were included into the 81st Annual Academy Awards show. Catmull received his award from actress Jessica Biel.