Ellsworth R. Fuhrman, professor of science and technology studies and sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 1975, Fuhrman made many contributions to the graduate programs in sociology and science and technology studies, where he served as graduate director. He served as head of the Department of Science and Technology in Society for nine years.

Fuhrman was a frequent reviewer for national and international journals and funding agencies. He also edited the premier journal in science and technology studies.

He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology and science and technology studies and he served on more than 100 master’s degree thesis and doctoral dissertation committees. He has been honored with Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence.

Fuhrman received his bachelor’s degree from Millersville State University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Penn State University.

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