James Thorp, PhD

James Thorp Computer Engineering

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

James Thorp, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Since 2004, Dr. Thorp has been the head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and the Hugh P. and Ethey C. Kelley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been teaching since 1962, and has mentored over 40 PhD students over his career, bearing as much pride in his work as he has in his own children. Dr. Thorp holds several patents in the field, and was a co-recipient of the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering from the Franklin Institute. He has also accrued the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Dr. Thorp studied with Cornell University to earn a PhD in 1962. He taught there until 2001, and achieved the title of Charles N. Mellowes Professor of Engineering from 1994 to 2001. Dr. Thorp was a fellow of the Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in 1988, and joined Virginia Polytechnic in 2004. He has also performed consultant services for American Electric Power, and since 1988 has worked with Dowty Control Technologies.

Dr. Thorp has contributed to numerous publications for the IEEE, notably as editor of Transactions on Power Delivery from 1998 to 2001. He is the author of “Computer Relaying for Power Systems” and recipient of an Outstanding Power Engineering Award from the Power Engineering Society of the IEEE. Dr. Thorp is a fellow of the institution and a member of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee. He was also recognized with inclusion in the affiliated honor society Eta Kappa Nu, as well as Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Dr. Thorp has had two children, Jeffrey Barton and Elizabeth Anne, and is the husband of Christine Annette Moore.

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