Professor Michael Renardy named Class of 1950 Professor Emeritus in the College of Science
July 1, 2020
Michael Renardy, Class of 1950 Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Class of 1950 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 1986, Renardy made significant contributions to mathematics and brought international visibility to Virginia Tech through his research in fluid mechanics, a field in which mathematical analysis and computation are combined to address problems associated with blood flow, polymer manufacturing, and other processes fundamental to human health and environmental quality.
Renardy’s work was consistently funded by external sponsors; he was the principal or co-principal investigator on numerous grants on fluid dynamics, continuum mechanics, complex fluids, viscoelastic flows, and polymer rheology. He authored or co-authored four books, more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters and reviews and he served the academy through holding many editorial positions.
In the classroom, Renardy taught and lectured in both undergraduate and graduate courses. He directed eight doctoral theses at Virginia Tech, supported postdoctoral associates and international visitors, served on numerous master’s degree and doctoral committees, and helped many students develop successful careers.
Renardy received many professional honors and awards, including a Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, and appointment as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Renardy earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics in 1977 and 1978, respectively, and a doctoral degree in natural sciences in 1980, all from Universität Stuttgart in Germany.