Hervé Marand, professor of chemistry in the College of Science 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 1989, Marand brought international recognition to Virginia Tech and the Department of Chemistry through his work in polymer crystallization. He was the principal or co-principal investigator on research grants on structure-processing-physical property correlations in semicrystalline polymers.

Marand was the author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. In addition, he served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Physics, and of the European Polymer Journal.

In the classroom, Marand taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across the fields of chemistry, materials science, and engineering. He advised numerous students on master’s degree and doctoral dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in academic, government, and industrial settings.

In 2004, Marand and chemistry instructor Ketan Trivedi both received Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for developing a Department of Chemistry DVD that provided students with three-dimensional animations and videos of chemical experiments, allowing them to experience a hands-on learning environment through technology.

Marand received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994. At Virginia Tech, he received the Alan F. Clifford Department Service Award and twice won the Department of Chemistry’s Jimmy Viers Teaching Award.

A member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, and the Society of Plastics Engineers, Marand received his bachelor’s at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France, and his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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