By Liz Crumbley
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 15 - December 10, 1998
The Virginia Engineering Award Committee has presented the 1998 Pletta Award to Virginia Tech industrial and systems engineering (ISE) Professor Subhash Sarin.
The award, presented in honor of the late Dan H. Pletta, an engineering science and mechanics professor at Tech from 1932 to 1972, is given annually to recognize a Virginia engineering educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and public service.
The Pletta Award is co-sponsored by five organizations, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia Section; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Central Virginia Section; Consulting Engineers Council of Virginia; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Virginia Council; and Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.
Since joining the Tech faculty in 1983, Sarin has been elected by ISE students as one of the top five outstanding faculty members in the department. In 1997, the Virginia Tech Student Engineers' Council selected Sarin to receive the College of Engineering Sporn Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction.
Before coming to Tech, Sarin was on the faculty of Ohio State University. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of Delhi in India, and received his M.S. from Kansas State University and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Sarin's teaching is concentrated in the area of operations research. His research in this area and in manufacturing systems has attracted support from a number of sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, Mining and Mineral Resources Institute, Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology.