Photograph of Paul E. Torgersen


Photograph of Paul E. Torgersen


Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Staten Island, N.Y. Received B.S. in industrial engineering from LeHigh University in 1953, M.S. in industrial engineering from Ohio State University in 1956, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1959. Married Dorothea Zuschlag from Staten Island on Sept. 11, 1954; had three children. Worked as instructor at Ohio State University, 1956-59; assistant and associate professor at Oklahoma State University, 1959-66. Professor and department head, Virginia Tech's Department of IndustrialEngineering and Operations Research, Jan.1967-April 1970; dean, College of Engineering, 1970-90; John Grado Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, 1978-89.Appointed to Governor of Virginia's Task Force on Science and Technology, 1982-84. Interim university president, Jan.-Aug., 1988; John W. Hancock Jr. Chair of Engineering, 1989-present; president, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, 1990-94; interim vice president for Development and University Relations, 1992-93; interim dean, College of Engineering, Aug.-Sept., 1993; acting university president, Oct.-Dec., 1993. Selected president Dec. 9, 1993, effective Jan. 1, 1994. Retired from the presidency on Jan. 6, 2000. Died on March 29, 2015 at age 83.


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