Peter M. Athanas, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering 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 in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1992, Athanas brought international visibility to the university through his work in computer architectural enhancements. He was the principal or co-principal investigator on grants researching high-performance reconfigurable computing and signal processing. He disclosed 10 patents and was granted four as U.S. patents.

Athanas authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and two book chapters. He served on numerous proposal review panels, including review panels for the National Science Foundation.

In the classroom, Athanas taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. He directed more than 90 master’s degree and 20 Ph.D. students, and served on more than 220 master’s degree and Ph.D. committees in total.

Athanas received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brown University.


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