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William Mason honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 5, 2011 – William Mason, professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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 1989, Mason advised many undergraduate and graduate students in the aerospace engineering degree program, and served as the graduate advisor for 23 master’s thesis students and nine doctoral students.

In addition, he advised numerous undergraduate aircraft design teams, with nine first place honors in international design competitions and ten second or third place honors. He was the advisor to the Virginia Tech student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Design Build Fly Team.

Mason served his profession as a member of the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and the Aircraft Design Technical Committee of the AIAA. He authored or co-authored 41 journal articles, 137 conference papers, and 10 book chapters.

He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 6,000 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 2,000 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.