Kamal Rojiani, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “associate professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title 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 D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1978, Rojiani’s research in structural safety and reliability led to the development of load factor design criteria for highway bridge foundations.

An active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Rojiani has served on several ASCE technical committees and has received two ASCE Outstanding Service Awards.

In addition, Rojiani has contributed to engineering computing education by writing two civil engineering textbooks that have been adopted at more than 60 universities.

Rojiani served as the founding director of the College of Engineering’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Laboratory and was instrumental in bringing computing skills to civil and environmental engineering students.

He has taught and lectured in 20 undergraduate and graduate courses in civil and environmental engineering and other engineering departments. His teaching excellence has been recognized with two College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence awards.

Rojiani received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Karachi (Pakistan) and a master’s degree and Ph.D. 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.