A textbook by Virginia Tech's John Randolph, program chair of urban affairs and planning and professor of environmental planning in the School of Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, was honored as one of three finalists for the PROSE award for the best engineering and technology book for 2008.

The textbook, written with Gilbert M. Masters, is called Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Planning, Policy.

The PROSE awards are the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, for which books are nominated by publishers and selected by a panel of peer publishers and librarians. The PROSE Awards annually recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in more than 35 disciplines.

Randolph has produced 140 publications and conference papers, including two major textbooks; mentored 100 master’s and doctoral students; and, since 1990, directed or co-directed 19 sponsored research projects totaling $1.5 million in grants and contracts. From 1988 to 1995, Randolph directed the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research; from 1995 to 2003, was urban affairs and planning department head; and from 2003 to 2008, was director of the School of Public and International Affairs.

Randolph received the national 2006 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning; the 1991 Virginia Energy Award for his evaluation of the Virginia Weatherization Program; and the 1984 University Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

A resident of Blacksburg, Randolph received a doctorate and master’s degree in civil engineering (environmental) from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.