Kathleen Parrott, a professor in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Managementwas inducted into the Kitchen and Bath Industry Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have contributed to the growth and professionalism of the industry. 

Parrott’s recognition stems from her research in the Center for Real Life Design, which led to recommendations for industry standards; her involvement in the creation and implementation of the certified design process; her publication record; and the number of designers in the field who have graduated from the Virginia Tech program. 

The award was unusual this year in that it typically is presented to an industry leader or designer, not an educator. 

Parrott was honored at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, which took place January 21–23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.