Georg Reichard, professor and head of the Department of Building Construction and an associate director in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named Preston and Catharine White Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The fellowship is funded from the Preston and Catharine White Endowment for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. The endowment was established in 2008 with a $1 million commitment from the Whites. Preston is a member of the Class of 1962 who earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2004, Reichard has more than 25 years of technical and educational experience in both industry and academia. As a researcher, he focuses on building performance, resilience of the built environment, energy efficiency in buildings, retrofitting solutions, and smart building materials, using experimental and simulation techniques to improve our buildings, their systems, and their operational processes.

His primary expertise is in forensic and computational methods and simulations for buildings, with a particular focus on building sciences. His civil engineering practice and academic work has focused on the development and adoption of these methods to a diverse range of applications in the construction industry and in his consulting activities. He is also the director of the Building Enclosure and Systems Technologies Lab.

He currently serves on the Board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building Construction and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council of the National Institute of Building Science. Reichard is an active member of the board of directors of the Society of Building Science Educators and previously served as president from 2019-21.

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