From the cornfields of Ames, Iowa, comes a hot new name in technology: Engineering Animation. Last year CEO MATTHEW M. RIZAI, 41, sold about $40 million in computer-animation software to the likes of Deere and Ford. More growth will come from new interactive consumer software, such as a CD-ROM for Mattel that lets kids style Barbie's hair. The stock rose about 77% in 1997, to 43, as earnings should soar more than 200%, to around $5.7 million.

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