Yuriko and Michael Renardy, professors of mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, have been reappointed as the Virginia Tech Class of 1950 Professors by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Virginia Tech Class of 1950 Professorship was established in 2000 on the occasion of class’ 50th reunion. The professorship recognizes excellence in scholarly endeavors. The term of the professorship is five years.

Michael Renardy joined the Department of Mathematics in 1986 as an associate professor and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1989. Yuriko Renardy joined the department in 1986 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and to professor in 1993.

Both conduct research on fluid mechanics, a field in which mathematical analysis and computation are combined to address problems associated in blood flow, polymer manufacturing, and other processes fundamental to human health and environmental quality.

Michael and Yuriko Renardy each have highly successful research programs that are consistently funded by external sponsors. Yuriko Renardy has published 117 research articles and two monographs; Michael Renardy has published 165 journal articles, 40 book chapters, a research monograph, a graduate textbook , and a book based on the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences lecture series.

Both have been recognized for their research excellence. Yuriko Renardy by appointment as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and Michael Renardy with a Presidential Young Investigator Award and Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence.

The two have held visiting positions at the Australian National University, Cambridge University, and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. Between them, they have given invited talks in 12 countries on four continents in the past three years. Their research prominence is the foundation for much of their service to the profession, including 13 editorial positions for Michael Renardy and two for Yuriko Renardy.

In the classroom, Michael Renardy developed the computer-assisted homework and test systems for the sophomore differential equations course, and Yuriko Renardy has been an active and visible provider of instructional assistance at the Math Emporium.