Eugene F. Brown, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. 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 1969, Brown conducted research in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He authored more than 250 journal articles, conference papers, and reports on his work.

Brown served the scientific community as a program manager of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship program and contributed his expertise as a consultant and contractor to numerous companies and federal agencies including the U.S. Navy as a liaison scientist for fluid mechanics for Europe and the Middle East.

In the classroom, Brown taught more than 30 undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering courses ranging from thermodynamics to instrumentation. He advised numerous master’s degree and doctoral students and helped them develop successful careers.

In recent years, Brown played an instrumental role in the recent establishment of the College of Engineering’s graduate program in nuclear engineering.

As a commissioner and evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Brown contributed to the improvement of mechanical engineering programs across the United States and trained a new generation of engineering program evaluators.

Brown received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.