Louis Beex, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering 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 1979, Beex’s scholarship in spectral estimation, signal analysis, and adaptive signal processing brought international visibility to Virginia Tech.

He was the principal or co-principal investigator on several grants focused on signal processing algorithms and their properties in various applications. He authored or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, as well as two book chapters. He disclosed 10 patents and was granted at least four as U.S. patents.

In addition, Beex served on proposal review panels, including those for the National Science Foundation, and provided more than 40 years of service as a reviewer for several professional publications. He held leadership positions in influential professional organizations, including as associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing.

In the classroom, Beex taught and lectured in both undergraduate and graduate courses. He directed 46 master’s degree and 15 doctoral students and served on more than 100 master’s degree and doctoral committees in several College of Engineering programs.

Beex received his master’s degree from Eindhoven University of Technology and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University.