BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 4, 2010 – Aris Spanos, professor of economics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was recently reappointed the Wilson E. Schmidt Professor of Economics by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The Wilson E. Schmidt Professorship in Economics was established by the family of the former head of the Department of Economics to support faculty excellence. The professorship appointment is for five years.
Spanos first joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1986; left to serve as acting rector at the University of Cyprus from 1995 to 1998; and returned to Virginia Tech as a professor of economics. He served as head of the Department of Economics from 2001 to 2005.
He is an internationally known econometrician whose research addresses statistical models, empirical data, and the implications for economic theories. Spanos has written three influential books that have been published by Cambridge University Press. His books are widely used around the world in graduate econometrics courses. He has published more than 50 articles in professional journals and nine book reviews.
Spanos received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of London.
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