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Alumni Awards for Excellence in Research

Established in 1975 by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Research Excellence goes to outstanding members of the research faculty. It is presented annually to as many as two Virginia Tech faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the area of research. Awards are made in two categories: science or engineering and social sciences, humanities, or arts with one award in each category and no more than one awardee from a single major unit (college or institute). Alumni, students, faculty, and staff may nominate candidates for the award. Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 cash prize. The award, created to recognize outstanding contributions outside the classroom, was presented for the first time in 1976.

Year Recipient
2022 Brett Jones, Maury Nussbaum
2021 Kevin Boyle, Amy Pruden
2020 Martha Ann Bell, Rafael Davalos
2019 Carol Mullen, Leo Piilonen
2018 Wenjing Lou, Billie Lepczyk
2017 Liwu Li, Janell Watson
2016 Joyce Arditti, Kathy Lu
2015 France Belanger, William Hopkins
2014 Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Shashank Priya
2013 Jeffrey Walters, Joseph Pitt
2012 Stephen Prince, T. Daniel Crawford
2011 J. Riffle, N. Ramakrishnan
2010 T. Long, S. Xiao
2009 Roger Ekirch, Brett Tyler
2008 S. Ted Oyama, Xiang-Jin Meng
2007 Toni Calasanti, Dwight Viehland
2006 Harry Dorn, Karen Roberto, Marc Edwards
2005 Michael F. Hochella Jr., Michael W. Hyer
2004 Harry W. Gibson, Romesh C. Batra
2003 Diana Farkas, David Lindsay
2002 John G. Casali, Malcolm Potts
2001 Scott Geller, Daniel Inman
2000 R. Michael Akers, Layne T. Watson
1999 Richard A. Winett, Neal Castagnoli Jr.
1998 Seshu B. Desu, Joseph A. Schetz
1997 Joseph A. Ball, Christopher R. Fuller
1996 Theodore S. Rappaport, Hanif D. Sherali
1995 Frank C. Gwazdauskas, William H. Velander
1994 Richard O. Claus, Young-tsu Wong
1993 James E. McGrath, Michael Renardy
1992 Raphael T. Haftka, John J. Tyson
1991 Donald G. Baird, Robert J. Bodnar
1990 Richard A. Arndt, Fred C. Lee
1989 Daniel Post, Garth L. Wilkes
1988 Halbert F. Brinson, Harold E. Burkhart
1987 E. T. Kornegay, Raymond H. Plaut
1986 Joseph P. Fontenot, Loke T. Kok
1985 Frank S. Quinn, J. N. Reddy
1984 William S. Saric
1983 Mary H. Ross
1982 Kenneth L. Reifsnider
1981 Leonard Meirovitch
1980 Luke W. Mo
1979 Walter E. C. Moore
1978 Donald G. Cochran
1977 C. William Smith
1976 Charles H. Domermuth Jr., Clifton S. Douglass Jr., Robert T. DuBose, Walter B. Goss