Professor Draper was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. From 1995 to 1997, he served as a volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bordeaux, France.
Having first experienced computers on a Sinclair ZX81 and a Commodore 64, Professor Draper is deeply interested in vintage computing. He enjoys learning all he can about the history of computers and technology. He is also interested in information visualization and has published over twelve peer-reviewed articles on the subject.
- PhD in Computer Science. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (2009)
- MS in Computer Science. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (2002)
- BS with University Honors in Computer Science. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (2000)
Awards and Certifications
- BYUH Faculty Award for Teaching at BYUH (2022)
- Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer (2021)
- Y.H. Jen, G. Draper. Talk Sketch: A Pen and Voice Interface for Free-form Drawing. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2022.
- L. Zhang, G. Draper. Visualizing Temples Through Time. BYU Studies Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 4 (October 2021), pages 65–74.
- L. Zhang, T. C. Lam, G. Draper. Interactive Spiral: A Radial Visualization for Mobile Devices. Proceedings of IEEE Pacific Visualization 2021.
- G. Draper, A. Curtis. Data Visualization as a Proving Ground for Graduate Studies. ACM Inroads, Vol. 10, Issue 3 (September 2019). Pages 33–38.