Title: Mechanics Engineer & Educator
Company: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Location: Burlington, North Carolina, United States
Robert Andrew Heller, Ph.D., Mechanics Engineer and Educator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.
With 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Heller is a prominent and respected engineering educator who most recently served as the Francis J. Maher professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1995 to 1996, having formerly been a professor of engineering science and mechanics from 1967 to 1995. Prior to these appointments, he served Columbia University in a number of capacities, including as the director of the Institute of Fatigue and Reliability from 1965 to 1967, associate professor from 1962 to 1965, assistant professor of civil engineering from 1958 to 1962, and research assistant from 1951 to 1958. Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Heller has been a consultant for the United States Army Missile Command in Huntsville, AL, since 1974 and McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City since 1980.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Heller pursued a formal education at Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in mechanics between 1951 and 1958. He subsequently received an honorary doctorate from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1993. He has been the author of more than 100 articles to professional journals and the co-author of “Structure in Architecture,” which has been translated in 10 languages.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Heller has been inducted into Who’s Who in the South and Southwest in 1993 and 1994. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
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