R. Dean Riess of Blacksburg, Va., professor of mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title, “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting August 28.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1967, Riess has been a respected and popular teacher of a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level mathematics courses. For his service and leadership in student advising, he was a member of Virginia Tech’s University Academy of Advising Excellence.

In addition to his teaching, Riess authored 23 peer-reviewed research articles in numerical analysis and co-authored five editions of a widely used linear algebra textbook. He also co-authored a two-edition numerical analysis book, and the linear algebra book used at Virginia Tech’s Mathematics Emporium.

Riess received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

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