Douglas Lindner, associate professor of electrical and computer 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 by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1982, Lindner was the principal or co-principal investigator on grants and contracts exceeding $3.5 million to research control of dynamic structures and drive electronics for smart materials.
He received many U.S. Navy American Society of Engineering Education Summer Research Program grants to pursue research in smart materials and was the recipient of a NASA-ASEE Summer Research Program to pursue research in control of structures. He also received the A.D. Welliver Summer Faculty Research Program to pursue research with Boeing.
Linder was honored with the prestigious Frederick P. Lenz Fellowship to pursue the study of humanistic engineering and contemplative practice.
In the classroom, Linder taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. He was the author of "Introduction to Signals and Systems," the leading textbook used to teach Virginia Tech electrical and computer engineering students for more than 15 years. He directed four doctoral degree students and more than a dozen master’s degree students and served on more than 100 master’s degree and doctoral degree committees.
Linder received two bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.