Saied Mostaghimi, professor and head of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed as the H.E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors at its quarterly meeting, Nov 7.

The professorship was established in 1995 through the gifts of the Col. Horace E. Alphin, a member of the Virginia Tech Class of 1934, and his wife, Elizabeth, to further the scholarly endeavors in the area of agriculture and life sciences.

Mostaghimi has distinguished himself as an educator by teaching undergraduate courses and mentoring graduate students. He has received awards from the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Virginia Tech, and he received the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Flagship Award in recent years. His research career is dedicated to the investigation of the conservation of natural resources and the minimization of non-point-source pollution, which has produced a body of scholarship nationally recognized for its excellence and innovation.

Mostaghimi received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Ranked 11th in agricultural research expenditures by the National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading agricultural scientists. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives students a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. The college is a national leader in incorporating technology, biotechnology, computer applications, and other recent scientific advances into its teaching program.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities, and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg, and other campus centers in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.

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