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 20 May 2002

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BERTRAM HERZOG TO RECEIVE ACM SIGGRAPH OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD FOR 2002
 
Conference: 21-26 July 2002
Exhibition: 23-25 July 2002

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas USA

Bertram Herzog, Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics and Professor at the University of Michigan, is the recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Service Award presented to recognize individuals who have given extraordinary service to ACM SIGGRAPH. Herzog will receive his award this summer at SIGGRAPH 2002, 21 - 26 July 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. From SIGGRAPH's inception, Herzog has actively participated in both organization and conference activities, serving in technical and managerial roles, with a style and grace that clearly contributed to SIGGRAPH's stature as the world's premier computer graphics professional society.

As a computer graphics educator and professional, Herzog has spent his life inspiring his colleagues and students to pursue careers in the computer graphics field and to become active SIGGRAPH members. In the 1970s, his leadership was pivotal to the SIGGRAPH Core Standards effort. Herzog helped pull together a diverse working group that delivered an exceptional working draft, impacting the international, commercial, and academic communities.

In the 1980s, he assisted in the creation of the SIGGRAPH Technical Award Program and was responsible for naming the most prestigious SIGGRAPH award in the memory of his friend and colleague Steven A. Coons. Herzog chaired the Award Committee for 14 years, establishing the award as a truly world-class honor coveted by all computer graphics practitioners.

In addition, Herzog taught early versions of short courses and organized sessions at conferences and recently organized the gallery of computer graphics portraits. When asked what SIGGRAPH activities he was most proud of, or what activity he believed was most significant for the organization, Herzog said, "Each activity was the greatest, but upon reflection, I am forced to pick two activities that meet these criteria: the Core Standards and the Technical Awards activities."

Herzog obtained his BA and MS degrees from what is now Case Western Reserve University and earned a PhD in engineering mechanics in 1961 at the University of Michigan. His conversion to computer graphics occurred in 1963 when he met Coons and others at an MIT meeting. His academic career included an early association with what is now Cleveland State University, then Case, followed by Michigan and the University of Colorado. Currently, he is associated with the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics in Providence, Rhode Island.

SIGGRAPH 2002 is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques. Information on ACM SIGGRAPH membership and other conferences and activities can be found at www.siggraph.org.
 
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