Wayne Neu, associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate 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 1981, Neu’s scholarship advanced the knowledge and understanding of autonomous underwater vehicles and applied computational fluid dynamics of marine vehicles.

He was engaged in several national professional societies, including the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Board on Oceans and Atmosphere.

A dedicated teacher, Neu taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level courses. He advised and counseled numerous undergraduate and graduate students in the ocean engineering program, serving as the graduate advisor for master’s degree and doctoral degree students.

For many years, Neu also served as a program evaluator for ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc., and as a leader in the accreditation efforts of his department and the College of Engineering.

Neu received his bachelor's degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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