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Bertram Bussell

bussel.jpgBERTRAM BUSSELL, Professor

UCLA Computer Science Department


Dr. Bertram Bussell was born in New York City and was educated at New York University (NYU) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received the BSc in Engineering in 1950, the MSc in Engineering in 1952, and the PhD in Engineering in 1962 at UCLA. He joined the Engineering faculty at UCLA in 1963. In 1969, he was one of the original faculty members forming the Computer Science Department at UCLA. He served as Vice Chair of the department from 1969 to 1982. In 1987, he retired from UCLA and accepted a position as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of West Coast University until 1993. He retains the title of Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at UCLA.

At various times during his tenure at UCLA he taught abroad in Brazil, Chile, England, and Israel. While at UCLA, he was selected three times by the Engineering students as their favorite instructor and once selected by the faculty of the School of Engineering to receive an “Outstanding Teacher” award.

Dr. Bussell was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship, a Fullbright Scholarship and a Teaching Fellowship from the Organization of American States. He has been a research investigator for the Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Department of Energy. His research, and the many publications it generated, was in the areas of electric circuit theory, heat transfer, computer system architecture, and computer graphics. In 1972, he was Chairman of the Program Committee and a member of the Steering Committee for the Rio Symposium on Computer Education for Developing Countries organized with the assistance of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics – International Computation Center.

Dr. Bussell has co-authored a textbook in circuit analysis and was issued two patents dealing with aircraft weight and balance computers. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California.