Gregory Boardman honored with emeritus status

Gregory Boardman, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering 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. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 1976, Boardman’s research and scholarship have contributed greatly to improvements in biological and industrial wastewater treatment. During his career, he received more than $9 million in external research grants and wrote approximately 250 publications.

In addition, Boardman received more than $7.5 million in funding to support outreach and continuing education programs. For 35 years, he served as the director of the Annual Virginia Tech Short School which provided training to approximately 250 water and wastewater operators from across Virginia each year. He also led about a dozen continuing education programs annually for Virginia governmental agencies. Boardman served as the director of the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement in association with the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center for more than five years.

In the classroom, Boardman taught thousands of civil engineering students in all areas of environmental engineering and advised more than 130 graduate students through their master’s degree or Ph.D. research.

Boardman was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2005. Hereceived the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors in 1991 and 2007, and the Enslow-Hedgepeth Award from the Virginia Water Pollution Control Association in 2012.

Boardman received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. from the University of Maine.