Everett Peterson, professor agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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 faculty since 1989, Peterson was principal or co-principal investigator on more than 30 grants researching a wide variety of topics including the impacts of non-tariff measures on U.S. agricultural trade, the trade impacts of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy outbreak in the U.S. in 2003, and the economic cost of flight delays. Through his work on non-tariff barriers and model and database development for the Global Trade Analysis Project, he brought international visibility to Virginia Tech.

Peterson was author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews and more than 20 additional technical reports. He held leadership positions in his professional organizations, including the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.

He was named a GTAP Research Fellow twice and received the Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Research Award.

In the classroom, Peterson taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. He directed master’s degree and doctoral students and served on more than 60 master’s degree and doctoral committees in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Peterson received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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