Two professors appointed with tenure

May 21, 2004

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By Daniel J. Fitzgibbons

The Board of Trustees on May 5 approved the appointments with tenure of John Collura as professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Margaret Riley as professor of Biology.

The appointment signals a return for Collura to the department where he taught from 1975-97 before accepting a faculty position at Virginia Tech’s satellite campus in Falls Church, Va.

At Virginia Tech, Collura has been a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering and director of the advanced transportation systems and infrastructure programs. His teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in transportation engineering, transportation systems analysis, advanced transportation technologies, and public transportation.

Collura has substantial experience in conducting research in the application of advanced information and computer technologies in transportation planning, management, design, and operations. His ongoing projects involve electronic toll and fare collection, traveler information systems, and incident management. He currently chairs the National Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Research and Academic Forum.

Collura received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State and his master’s at Villanova. He earned his B.S. at Merrimack College.

Riley is currently associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University, where she joined the faculty in 1991. Riley also has roots at UMass Amherst, where she earned her M.S. in Zoology in 1983 and completed a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in 1989-91.

“In her position at Yale, Peg has achieved worldwide recognition for her well-supported research on the mechanisms of evolution,” says Christopher Woodcock, who chairs the Biology Department. “This work has led to practical applications in the areas of bioterrorism preventions and the development of new antibiotics.”

According to Woodcock, Riley also plays serves on several high level policy committees for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the National Nuclear Security Agency.

Riley’s undergraduate degree is from Michigan State. She earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University.