Bertis (Bert) B. Little
Southwest Regional Director
Associate VP Research and Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics; Director, Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES); Senior Research Scientist, Medical Service, VA Medical Center-Dallas; Special Invited Foreign Professor, Center for Risk Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Bert Little received a B.A. in anthropology (archaeology) from Appalachian State University in the Carnegie Corporation Accelerated Degree Program at age 19, and an M.A. in anthropology (archaeology, primatology) from Ball State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin in physical anthropology (human genetics, growth) and applied mathematics (probability theory and statistics). Since 1979 he has studied a Zapotec Indian human genetic isolate in the Valley of Oaxaca, southern Mexico. He is currently associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and mathematics in the departments of mathematics and of physics and engineering at Tarleton State University of the Texas A&M University System. He is director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). In addition, he is executive director of the Center for Agribusiness Excellence, a data mining research project that uses applied mathematics, GIS and remote sensing technologies to help improve the USDA crop insurance program. The project has saved the U.S. government more than $3 billion through detection of waste, fraud and abuse. He is also director of the Texas Data Mining Research Institute where data analysis drives process automation, improving USDA delivery of service to U.S. farmers. As well, he is director of the Rural Law Enforcement and Anti-terrorism program that provides computing technology to a third of Texas counties. Currently he is Senior Research Scientist at the Dallas VA Medical Center, Medical Service, Interventional Cardiology Division. In November 2011, his research group was recognized with the Late Breaking Trials and First Report for their multi-center vascular stenting innovations. Little has served Sigma Xi for two terms on the Strategic Planning Committee of which he is currently the chairman. He has also served two terms on the Nominations Committee, which he chaired for three years. He is currently director of the Sigma Xi Southwest Region, member of the Sigma Xi Board of Directors, and president-elect of the local Sigma Xi chapter at his university.