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Boardman will direct COTA

By Catherine Doss

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 05 - September 25, 1997

Gregory Boardman, associate professor of civil engineering, has been named faculty director of the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA). Boardman replaces Harold Kurstedt, who has resumed full-time teaching in the College of Engineering.

Among his new part-time responsibilities, Boardman will work with faculty members from each college to raise awareness and participation in COTA. He will speak on behalf of the COTA program to various academic and administrative groups and will convene the COTA Fellows Council on a periodic basis.

Boardman joined the Department of Environmental Engineering faculty in 1976. He is licensed as a professional engineer and is a diplomate of environmental engineering. Boardman teaches courses in solid- and hazardous-waste management, environmental toxicology, and water and wastewater treatment. He has received more than $2 million in research grants and published more than 150 papers and reports within his area of expertise. Boardman was appointed a COTA fellow in July 1996. His term as faculty director will end Aug. 15, 2000.

Virginia Tech established COTA in 1994 to foster economic-development and continuing-education initiatives with a special emphasis on connecting university research to the needs of Virginia's industrial, commercial, governmental, and professional organizations. COTA fellows are appointed each year so Virginia Tech scholars and experts outside the university can extend their knowledge to various audiences. COTA-related courses, seminars, and conferences are held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The Division of Continuing Education administers COTA projects.