Christine Fiori, professor of practice and associate director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, has been named a Preston and Catharine White Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The fellowship is funded from the Preston and Catharine White Endowment for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. The endowment was established in 2008 with a $1 million gift from Preston White, a member of the Class of 1962 who earned his bachelor’s in building construction, and his wife.

Fiori will hold the fellowship for one year.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2007, Fiori coordinates the undergraduate degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. She leads the school’s focus on women in construction and her work in this area was recognized by the Virginia Tech Advancing Women Award. She also leads multidisciplinary competition and service learning teams of students.

Known internationally for her research on the ancient Inca road in Peru, Fiori was featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Strip the City” Machu Picchu episode last year.

Inclusive in her administrative leadership, Fiori has excelled at the Myers-Lawson School of Construction in her production of research and scholarship. The Myers-Lawson School of Construction is housed jointly in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, Fiori was a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force and a faculty member at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Drexel University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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