Ralph Badinelli, the Ralph Medinger Lenz Professor of Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Medinger Lenz 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 community since 1985, Badinelli has made significant contributions to the field of operations and supply chain management and service management. He wrote 29 research articles and a textbook, "Modeling Service Systems," and received three National Science Foundation grants. He also held several appointments on professional committees including his role as an executive officer of the Service Research and Innovation Institute.

An outstanding teacher to both undergraduate and graduate students, Badinelli advised and counseled numerous graduate students in the Department of Business Information Technology during his career. He served as chair of three doctoral dissertation committees and was a member of 31 other college and university Ph.D. committees and seven MBA committees. Badinelli received the College of Business Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the IBM Faculty Award.

Badinelli received his bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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