Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Bertram Herzog (1929-2008)   Bookmark and Share

Prof. Bertram Herzog, computer graphics pioneer and brilliant computer scientist, passed away July 11 at the age of 79.

Prof. Herzog was a former director of the Center for Information Technology Integration (CITI) 1987-92, served as the first director of MERIT during its critical formative years (1968-74), and taught computer science and engineering as an adjunct Professor until his retirement in 1997. He earned his PhD in Engineering Mechanics at Michigan in 1961, and was immediately hired as a member of the faculty of Engineering Mechanics, and later of Industrial Engineering.

During the early 1960's, Prof. Herzog saw the potential of the emerging computer graphics technology for mechanical design, and embarked on a career that focused on computer graphics and engineering computation, especially using computer-aided-design. He helped prepare a report on the use and potential impact of computers in engineering mechanics education in 1962.

Bert went on to build a distinguished career in the area of computer graphics, one defined by exemplary service to the community which earned him the 2002 ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. SIGGRAPH recently stated that he was "instrumental in establishing ACM SIGGRAPH as the world's premier computer graphics professional society."

Prof. Herzog was a great friend to many at Michigan. He was a gifted educator and source of inspiration to countless students. His leadership contributed greatly to the success of both MERIT and CITI, while his service to the professional community ensures an enduring legacy.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends on the loss of a man remembered for his generous mentoring of students, his integrity, his style and grace.

Prof. Herzog's Obituary