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February 16, 2007

Trustees honor 3 professors, approve two new degree programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (Feb. 16) approved the appointments of three designated professorships as well as two new master's degree programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Gary R. Bertoline was named Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics, Sheryl Fried Kline received the C.B. Smith Professorship of Hotel Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Steven M. Witz was designated the St. Vincent Chair of Healthcare Engineering.

"The designation of distinguished professorship allows us to attract the top scholars in the world as well as honor the people already at Purdue who have been remarkable ambassadors through scholarship, research, teaching and leadership," Provost Sally Mason said. "These people have risen to the top of their respective fields and will continue to represent Purdue in the highest fashion."

Purdue now has 133 designated professors.

Bertoline has been professor of computer graphics technology in Purdue's School of Technology since 1990. He also serves as director of the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology at Purdue and is assistant dean for graduate studies in the College of Technology.  

Previously he held faculty positions at Ohio State University and Wright State University. Bertoline has published extensively on computer graphics and has written three widely used textbooks in the field. He has authored numerous publications, authored or co-authored 10 textbooks and workbooks, and made more than 100 presentations throughout the world. 

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Bertoline is active in the development and implementation of grid computing and cyberinfrastructure. He currently is the co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation-funded TeraGrid project at Purdue, serves on the executive steering committee for the TeraGrid consortium of universities and national labs, and serves on the Open Science Grid council.

He has developed many graphics courses and conducted research on computer-aided design, solid modeling and multimedia and has integrated many modern topics into traditional engineering graphics courses, such as modeling, animation and visualization.

Bertoline received his doctorate in industrial technology in 1987 from Ohio State, his master's degree in industrial technology in 1979 from Miami University in Ohio and his bachelor's degree in industrial technology in 1974 from Northern Michigan University.


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Kline is associate professor and director of the Center for the Study of Lodging Operations in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her research is influenced by 14 years of industry experience, including management positions with several major hotel and casino hotel companies.

She was a tenured full professor in the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University. Her major research focus is on hotel operations with a particular interest in training and organizational issues. Recently, her research interest has included the impact of technology on lodging management and crisis management.

Kline has authored or co-authored 20 refereed journal articles, two textbooks, one book and eight book chapters. She also has presented at more than 30 national and international conferences. Her articles have received two Emerald Management Review citations for excellence and a conference paper won a "highly commended" award. Her most recent textbook, "Hotel Front Office Simulation," is used at more than 50 colleges and universities.

She earned her bachelor's degree in economics and English from Rutgers University in 1982 and her master's degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada in 1987. She received a doctoral in psychological studies in education from Temple University in 1997.

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Witz is director of Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, a research initiative focusing on ways to improve health-care delivery that is housed in Discovery Park's e-Enterprise Center.

He was president at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Center in Missoula, Mont., from 2003-2006. With 26 years of experience in hospital administration, he has held positions at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

Witz received a doctorate in hospital and health-care administration in 1986, a master's degree in public health in 1977 and a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1975, all from the University of Minnesota.

In other business, trustees approved a new master's degree program in speech-language pathology to be offered at IPFW. The degree is the entry-level credential for a speech-language pathologist working in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, agencies, in-home services, community clinics and medical offices.

Trustees also approved a master's degree program in engineering at IPFW. The objectives of the program are to provide a high-quality graduate program in engineering through the combination of theoretical and practical education and to meet demonstrated need for a comprehensive engineering program in northeastern Indiana at the graduate level.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709,

Gary R. Bertoline, (765) 496-6071,

Sheryl Fried Kline, (765) 494-5996,

Steven M. Witz, (765) 496-8303, 

Irene Walters, executive director of university relations at IPFW, (260)481-6104,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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