The Department of Finance hosted the Dilip K. Shome Conference, a research conference and finance doctoral alumni reunion, in Blacksburg in September in memory of finance professor emeritus Dilip Shome, who died in December 2018. An award-winning teacher, Shome played a leading role in recruiting and mentoring doctoral students.

Debarati Bhattacharya (Ph.D., FIN ’14), who teaches at Duquesne University, and Murali Jagannathan (Ph.D., FIN ’96), who teaches at Binghamton University, received Best Paper awards named for Shome and the late Rob Hansen, who had also been a significant dissertation advisor, during his service in the department in the 1980s and 90s before moving to Tulane University in 2001.

The conference was organized by finance professors George Morgan and Raman Kumar.