October 26, 2009
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Meyer Receives Appointment as Dickerson Chair
Professor Michael D. Meyer of the Georgia Institute of Technology has been appointed to the Frederick R. Dickerson Chair, the first person to hold this title. He is the director of the Georgia Transportation Institute, an interdisciplinary research organization that helps provide support to students on transportation issues both locally and nationally.
Meyer has been a professor at Georgia Tech for more than two decades, holding a number of leadership positions there, including chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
According to Joseph Hughes, Ph.D., current chair of the school, an endowed chair is the highest distinction awarded to professors in all U.S. university systems. It is, said Hughes, “the cream of the cream, the highest rank in academia.”
Dickerson is a professor emeritus at Georgia Tech who donated the funds to create the position to focus on current transportation research needs. The endowment will also provide financial support directly to Meyer’s research program.
This was a highly competitive international effort. A faculty committee reviewed all the applicants and conducted the interviews, then made recommendations to Hughes. He, along with the dean of engineering and the president of Georgia Tech, reviewed the final applicants and made their recommendation to the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, which made the final selection.
“The one thing people may not know about Mike,” said Hughes, “is that he’s one of the best instructors that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. He has students that love his classes, love to interact with him, seek him out on matters from engineering education to ‘What should I do with my future?’ He’s amazing with students, a passionate teacher.”