Amoz Kats, professor of economics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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 1973, Kats made significant contributions to research on economic theory and game theory. He also served as referee for various leading journals in economics.

As a professor, Kats taught a wide variety of economics courses ranging from introductory to the advanced graduate level. He also advised and counseled undergraduate and graduate students in the economics program. Kats served on many doctoral committees and on the policy and qualifying examination committees of the joint doctoral degree program with the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (http://www.aaec.vt.edu/aaec/).

Kats received his bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his master’s degree from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.