Award for AO Research Institute Davos Director

Doctor Honoris Causa Award for Prof Geoff Richards from the Technical University of Varna

18 May 2016

Prof Rosen Vasilev (left) gives Prof Geoff Richards (right) the Certificate of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Technical University of Varna

In the framework of the collaboration between the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) and the Technical University of Varna (TUV), a delegation from the University, led by Prof. Rosen Vasilev, Rector, together with Prof Hristo Skulev, Vice-Rector of International Cooperation, and Dipl. Eng. Ivan Rusev, Vice-Rector of Management, visited AO Research Institute Davos on  May 11, 2016 to confer Prof Geoff Richards, Director AO Research Institute Davos with the honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa.

This honorary award is the highest distinction the University can give in recognition of the notable academic and scientific contribution of an outstanding person with a special link with the institution.

Within the 54 year history of the TUV, there have been a total of only 17 people from all over the world awarded with this honorary degree at the University.


Prof Geoff Richards holding a unique statuette,
hand-crafted at the Technical University of Varna

The certificate award ceremony commenced after a welcome meeting of the guests with Prof Geoff Richards and Prof Boyko Gueorguiev.

The nomination for the honorary degree was initiated by the Rector Prof Rosen Vasilev in consideration of Geoff's exceptional dedication and considerable contribution to the development of the University by fostering its collaboration with AO Research Institute Davos. Following this, the University Scientific Academic Board decided to confer this fully deserved honorary award.

The Certificate of Honorary Award with the degree Doctor Honoris Causa of the Technical University of Varna was given to Geoff by the Rector Prof Vasilev in a special academic ceremony in presence of the AO Research Institute Davos management. A unique statuette, symbolizing the eternal human wish and aspiration to strive towards flying and excellence, hand-crafted by one of the TUV professors (Prof Plamen Bratanov, Department of Industrial Design), was also given to Geoff.

Geoff warmly thanked TUV for this highly appreciated award and expressed his strong commitment to further foster the future scientific and academic collaboration between the two institutions.



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