“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Paul Ernest Torgersen

(1931- )

Paul Ernest Torgersen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, February 16, 2009
1. Paul Ernest Torgersen Marker
Department Head, Industrial Engineering 1967-1970
Dean, College of Engineering 1970-1990
President, Corporate Research Center 1990-1994
President 1994-2000

A professor who became president, Paul Ernest Torgerson taught every semester during his years at Virginia Tech. As dean, he led the College of Engineering to national prominence, and as University President, he focused on rebuilding financial resources and technology leadership. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering; received the SPORN Award for teaching excellence; and signed, as dean and president, 62,191 diplomas.

Torgersen Hall completed in 2000
Erected by VPI, Class of 1953.
Location. 37° 13.759′ N, 80° 25.215′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Stanger Street and VPI Mall, on the right when traveling north on Stanger Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Carol Montgomery Newman (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
Entrance to Torgersen Hall image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, February 16, 2009
2. Entrance to Torgersen Hall
line); William Addison Caldwell (about 500 feet away); John McLaren McBryde (about 500 feet away); William MacFarland Patton (about 500 feet away); John Houston Squires (about 500 feet away); Roy Jay Holden (about 500 feet away); Earl Bertram Norris (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
Regarding Paul Ernest Torgersen. The Sporn Awards, made possible by gifts from Dr. and Mrs. Philip J. Sporn and the alumni of the university, are presented to a teacher of undergraduate engineering subjects (a college award) and a teacher of introductory subjects (a university award). Students from the freshman and sophomore classes and students in undergraduate engineering subjects nominate possible recipients. Only students can nominate faculty for this award.
Also see . . .  Torgersen Hall | VA Tech. (Submitted on February 18, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.)
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Torgersen Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 3, 2011
3. Torgersen Hall
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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