ME alum David Christian inducted to College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence

ME alum David Christian inducted to College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence

James Strawbridge, Horacio Valeiras, John Montague, David Christian, Al Lingerfelt, and interim dean G. Don Taylor.

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering recently inducted five new members at its 18th annual Academy of Engineering Excellence.

The academy consists of 146 alumni who have achieved exceptional career success.
The college has more than 66,000 living engineering alumni.

“All of our new members have led exceptional careers, and this award is one way to recognize them for their incredible achievements,” said Don Taylor, interim dean of the College of Engineering and the Charles O. Gordon Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering. “We are honored to present them with this esteemed distinction and look forward to their continued success.”​

The academy inductees are: David A. Christian, of Fairfax, Virginia; Alan T. Lingerfelt, of Richmond, Virginia; John W. Montague Jr., of Richmond, Virginia; James N. Strawbridge, of Los Altos, California; and Horacio Valeiras, of La Jolla, California.

The academy was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, former dean of the College of Engineering and by the college’s advisory board.

David A. Christian, Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering 1976

David A. Christian received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as a member of the Class of 1976.

Following his graduation from Virginia Tech, Christian earned his M.B.A. at Averett College and simultaneously completed the executive program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business — all while working as an assistant engineer for Virginia Electric and Power Company. While there, Christian rose through the ranks, from supervisor, to superintendent, to assistant station manager of the Surry Power Station, to station manager, to vice president of nuclear operations, and finally, in 2000, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of the company.

After nine years, Christian accepted a position at Dominion Resource’s national power generation group, where he currently serves as executive vice president and chief innovation officer.

He also serves as a member of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Committee of 100, the Dominion Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, and more.


Other inductees included:

Alan T. Lingerfelt, BS Civil Engineering 1976

John W. Montague Jr., BS Industrial Engineering 1967

James N. Strawbridge, BS Industrial Engineering 1984

Horacio Valeiras, BS Chemical Engineering 1980


Written by Erica Corder