Tetsuro Mizutani, associate professor of physics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "associate 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 1982, Mizutani contributed significantly to the understanding of physics through his work on theoretical nuclear and intermediate energy physics. He also supported the scientific research enterprise as a frequent reviewer for national and international journals and funding agencies.

As a professor, he taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses across the physics curriculum and advised numerous students on doctoral dissertations. He also contributed to the international visibility of Virginia Tech through numerous visits to prestigious institutions in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Vietnam.

Mizutani received his bachelor's degree from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

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.