C. Patrick Koelling, associate professor of industrial and systems 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 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 1987, Koelling was principal or co-principal investigator on both government and commercial grants and research projects on applications of industrial engineering totaling more than $10 million. He was the author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and reviews, and was the co-author of three books and editor for four conference proceedings.

Koelling continues to serve the industrial engineering profession in many leadership roles. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and served as executive director of Alpha Pi Mu, the profession’s academic honor society. He also worked closely with ABET Inc., the accreditation institution for engineering programs.

In the classroom, Koelling taught more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in courses across the industrial and systems engineering curriculum and  served on more than 100 Ph.D. student dissertation committees. He received Virginia Tech’s Sporn Award for excellence in teaching engineering subjects.

Koelling received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.