Nadia Boschi of Washington, D.C., assistant professor of building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). She took office at the 7th International"Healthy Buildings" conference held in Singapore in December. She is the youngest person, and first architect, to hold this position.

Boschi specializes in historic preservation, architectural technologies and indoor environment, and teaches courses on construction and historic restoration and preservation. Her research has been supported by a number of private and public entities such as NATO, the European Union, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Italian government. Her current research includes the integration of indoor air and energy efficiency principles into the building delivery process. She holds a Ph.D. in architectural technology and environment from Milan Polytechnic and has been a practicing architect in Italy since 1988.

ISIAQ is committed to the development and advocacy of integrated and cross-disciplinary research and professional activity in the field of indoor air. It is a non-profit international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific organization that cooperates with government and other agencies and societies with an interest in the field of indoor air. The group attracts scientists, regulatory professionals, medical practitioners, building owners and managers, air-conditioning engineers, architects and environmental lawyers. For more information about ISIAQ, visit www.isiaq.org.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech is comprised of two schools, the School of Architecture + Design and the School of Public and International Affairs, which include programs in architecture, art and art history, building construction, public administration and policy, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, government and international affairs, and urban affairs and planning. All programs strive to promote an understanding of the complexity of our environment and ways to improve that environment through thoughtful teaching and research in the design, planning and construction fields. The college enrolls more than 2,200 students, offering 22 degrees programs taught by 130 faculty members.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.

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