Yvan Beliveau, professor of building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies 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 1986, Beliveau was the faculty co-founder of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. Through his passionate leadership, Beliveau helped merge construction programs from different colleges under a joint academic unit. He served the construction faculty as head of the Department of Building Construction for 15 years and as director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction for five years.

Through a gift from alumnus George B. Clarke IV ‘82, the Yvan J. Beliveau Professorship was established to support teaching and research excellence within the school. Beliveau holds 27 national and international patents and was co-founder of a high-tech laser positioning company that specialized in advanced technology for the construction industry.

In the classroom, Beliveau taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across several subjects in construction curricula. He advised numerous students on master’s degree theses and Ph.D. dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in both academic and industrial settings.

Beliveau received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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