Bernard Grossman honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 4, 2008 – Bernard Grossman of Williamsburg, Va., professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title of "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting March 31.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1982, Grossman served has head of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from 1993 to 2002. Under his leadership, the department further developed its highly ranked aerospace and ocean engineering programs, recruiting outstanding students and faculty and expanding its research base. In 1999, the department was recognized by Virginia Tech as a University Exemplary Department for its leadership in integrating research and teaching.

Since 2004, Grossman has served as vice president for education and outreach at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Va., a research and education consortium that Virginia Tech played a lead role in developing.

Grossman’s research has contributed significantly to the development of new computational algorithms for fluid mechanics and new methods for optimum design of vehicle components. His research has led to the publication of numerous scientific papers and reviews, as well as the development of a textbook on computational fluid mechanics.

He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, known today as Polytechnic University.

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college's 5,700 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a "hands-on, minds-on" approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 1,800 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.