Scott Case, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the Reynolds Metals Professorship by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Reynolds Metals Professorship in the College of Engineering was established in 1979 by a gift from the Reynolds Metals Company and recognizes teaching and research excellence. Recipients hold the professorship for a period of five years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1997, Case is a world-recognized leader in the experimental characterization and analysis of durability of material systems. He has placed particular emphasis on the areas of fatigue durability and response of engineering structures to combined fire and mechanical loading.

Case has secured more than $12 million in external funding. Of particular note is the work that he and his collaborators have done in the area of the response of naval structures to fire. This has led to a Virginia Tech share of more than $2.6 million in Office of Naval Research (ONR) basic research, ONR Small Business Innovation Research, and Navy acquisition program funded research, which includes an ongoing, nine-year collaboration with RMIT University in Australia.

He has published one textbook, 75 peer-reviewed journal publications, 19 book chapters, and 136 conference publications. Google Scholar credits him with 2,024 citations.

He has mentored 11 doctoral students and 16 master’s degree students to completion. He and his students have received best paper awards from the American Society for Composites, the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the 23rd Southeastern Conference on Theoretical Applied Mechanics, the 52nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, and the 11th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science.

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

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