BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 12, 2011 – Richard E. Weyers, Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor Emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus is conferred on retired full professors and associate professors, administrative officers, extra-collegiate faculty with continued appointment, and senior extension agents 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 1985, Weyers made significant contributions to the field of civil engineering through his work in the general area of concrete materials and in the specific areas of corrosion science and the rehabilitation and protection of reinforced concrete bridge decks, including life-cycle analysis models.
Weyers started Virginia Tech’s Concrete for Kids program, directing it for five years in the early 1990s. Taught at local schools to fifth and sixth graders, Weyers’ work received a 1995 Excellence in Education Certificate of Recognition from Virginia Tech. Weyers also started the department’s concrete canoe project in the late 1980s and directed it for about six years. Both programs continue today.
He is active in several professional organizations, including the American Concrete Institute and the Virginia Department of Transportation Concrete Research Advisory Committees. His contributions were recognized by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) with multiple awards, including election as an ACI Fellow and receiving the Robert E. Phileo 2008 Award for outstanding contributions toward extending the service life of reinforced concrete structures through the application of concrete materials research.
At Virginia Tech, Weyers was involved in the design and development of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Structures and Materials Laboratory, including a major addition to the materials laboratory.
In the classroom, Weyers developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including the required undergraduate Civil Engineering Materials course and numerous graduate-level courses.
He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree from Pennsylvania State University.
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