Randy Dymond honored with emeritus status
December 11, 2020
Randy Dymond, professor of civil and environmental 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 1998, Dymond’s research and scholarship have contributed greatly to knowledge in numerous areas of water resources and hydrologic engineering by developing state-of-the-art solutions to urban watershed issues and providing software tools for engineering applications in stormwater management. His ability to bring together geographic information systems research and instruction led to his role as the founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Geospatial Information Technology.
Dymond also brought recognition to the university through his outreach efforts to connect professional practice and education through his leadership in establishing the Land Development Design Initiative at Virginia Tech. He guided the program for more than 15 years.
Throughout his career, Dymond taught thousands of civil and environmental engineering students in many areas of water resources engineering and geographic information systems, and he advised numerous graduate students through their research work. His excellence as an instructor was acknowledged by his receipt of the James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award.
At Virginia Tech, he was recognized with numerous awards, including the W.S. "Pete" White Innovation in Engineering Education Award, a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, multiple Alumni Teaching Awards, a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the VT Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering and a Diplomate of the American Association of Water Resources Engineers.
Dymond received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bucknell University, and a second bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. from Penn State University in civil and environmental engineering.