Alan A. Kornhauser, associate professor of mechanical 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 1989, Kornhauser served as the associate director of the Energy Management Institute, which involved direction of educational outreach activities and the organization of many workshops and short courses. A U.S. patent recipient, he was the author or co-author of more than 40 articles in technical literature.

For many years, Kornhauser chaired the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Ph.D. qualifying exam committee which involved defining the exam rules and content, administering the exam itself, and disseminating and archiving the results. He also served on both his department’s and college’s undergraduate curriculum committees.

He also provided leadership at both the departmental and college level in the emerging area of green engineering.

Kornhauser advised many undergraduate students while directing or co-directing the thesis research of 17 master’s degree students and the doctoral research of four Ph.D. students.

Kornhauser received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.