Jesus de la Garza honored with emeritus status

Jesus de la Garza, former professor in the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Vecellio Professor Emeritus of Construction Engineering and Management 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 for 31 years, de la Garza recently was named the Chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University.

During his Virginia Tech career, de la Garza’s research and scholarship have contributed to advancements in construction engineering and management, highway infrastructure management, information technology in construction, and design-construction integration.

His work has been acknowledged by his receipt of numerous major professional awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, recipient of the Construction Industry Institute’s Richard L. Tucker Award for Leadership and Service, and The Construction Industry Institute’s Outstanding Instructor Award, among many others.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.