Pablo Tarazaga, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Smart Infrastructure Laboratory and the Vibrations, Adaptive Structures, and Testing Laboratory in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Jones Faculty Fellowship was established in 2006 to acknowledge and reward mid-career faculty who have shown exceptional merit in research, teaching, and/or service. Jones, a member of the Class of 1967 who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is a retired executive of American Electric Power. He has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board since 1998.

Recipients hold the title of Jones Faculty Fellow for a period of five years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2011, Tarazaga has a distinguished record in research, advising, teaching, and publishing. He has secured $3.3 million in external research funding from sources that include the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Army, and the Alpha Foundation.

In 2015, Tarazaga’s work in adapting structural vibrations garnered him a prestigious 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award. Tarazaga was one of only 57 scientists and engineers in the U.S. to receive the honor that year.

Tarazaga has advised three Ph.D. and four master’s degree students to completion, while training one post-doctoral student to completion in his research group. He currently advises eight Ph.D. students, supervises three undergraduate students, and two post-docs.

Tarazaga received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He held a post-doctoral position at the University of Bristol in Great Britain from 2009 to 2011.


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