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Edmund G. Henneke honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 7, 2007 – Edmund G. Henneke of Blacksburg, professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "associate dean and professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting August 27.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1971, Henneke served as head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics for 13 years and as interim dean of the College of Engineering for two separate terms. From 1993 through 2007, he also served the university as chair of the Commencement Committee.

Despite his many administrative duties, Henneke maintained an active hand in research. In 2005 Henneke and his graduate assistants received the Award for Innovation in Nondestructive Testing Research from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing for developing a new technique for nondestructive evaluation of damage in advanced composite materials. During his career, Henneke’s research has resulted in 11 books or book chapters and more than 150 technical papers.

Henneke received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials science and mechanics, all from Johns Hopkins University.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 5,500 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 1,800 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.