Daniel Farkas honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 13, 2006 – Daniel R. Farkas of Blacksburg, Va., professor of mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting June 12.

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 1975, Farkas has been a respected teacher to both undergraduate and graduate students, and directed several summer research institutes for high school students. He redesigned the department’s Advanced Discrete Mathematics course, and has served on many departmental committees.

The author of 60 peer reviewed research articles on a wide variety of subdisciplines of abstract algebra, Farkas has been the recipient of 12 research grants from the National Science Foundation and the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. He has given invited colloquia at dozens of other universities and has done extensive professional referring and reviewing of journal articles.

Farkas received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biology, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college is dedicated to fostering a research intensive environment and offers programs in nano-scale and biological sciences, information theory and science, and supports research centers—in areas such as biomedical and public health sciences, and critical technology and applied science—that encompass other colleges at the university. The College of Science also houses programs in pre-medicine and scientific law.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities 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, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.