William J. Floyd, professor with the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of 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 in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Floyd made significant contributions to mathematics through his work in geometric group theory and topology. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation and he authored or co-authored dozens of papers and developed research software.

In the classroom, Floyd taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across the mathematics curriculum. He advised numerous students on master’s degree and doctoral dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in both academic and industrial settings.

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Floyd taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University.