Ali Nayfeh, University Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "university distinguished 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 1971, Nayfeh authored over 1,000 publications, including 11 books, 436 archival papers, 36 book chapters, 91 reports, 611 presentations at national and international meetings and conferences, and received four patents. He gave 124 invited talks and seminars at universities across the nation and abroad and organized 29 international workshops and conferences.

Nayfeh served as an investigator on 120 externally sponsored research projects, editor of the Wiley Book Series on Nonlinear Science, and editor-in-chief of Nonlinear Dynamics and the Journal of Vibration and Control. He was named fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He was also a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi honor societies.

As a professor, he taught a wide variety of engineering science and mechanics courses ranging from undergraduate to graduate level. Nayfeh advised numerous undergraduate and graduate students in the engineering science and mechanics and engineering mechanics programs. He also served as the graduate advisor for 40 master's and 67 doctoral students.

Nayfeh received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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.