Michael P. Deisenroth of Blacksburg, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting Nov. 12.

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 approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1984, Deisenroth was a dedicated teacher and researcher in a number of areas, including computer-aided manufacturing and industrial systems design and control. He has served as interim head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, assistant department head, and acting associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering.

Deisenroth was a leader in developing the university’s manufacturing systems engineering program and he served as co-director of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory. He has been an active contributor to the American Society of Engineering Educators, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Deisenroth received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 5,700 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.


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