Professor Ron Schrimpf receives Chancellor's Cup
Ron Schrimpf receives the Chancellor's Cup from the Chancellor. (photo by Vanderbilt University/Susan Urmy.)
Ron Schrimpf, Orrin Henry Ingram Professor of Engineering and faculty head of Memorial House, was surprised in the middle of a presentation to a meeting of the Engineering Alumni Council Thursday, Oct. 21, by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and given the Chancellor’s Cup.
The Chancellor's Cup is given annually for the greatest recent contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships. The faculty member's contribution must be of educational importance and relevant to the central purpose of the university. The awards are $2,500 contributed by the Nashville Alumni Club, an engraved pewter cup as a permanent trophy and one year's custody of a silver bowl by Tiffany bearing the names of all recipients since 1963.
Schrimpf, said Chancellor Zeppos, embodies the spirit of Vanderbilt University through his interactions with students. Not only does he teach and conduct research, but Schrimpf and his wife live with first-year students in Memorial House at The Commons.
“The success of The Commons rests on the shoulders of people who are there 24/7,” said Chancellor Zeppos. “Ron touches the lives of students every day.”
“The reason Kathy and I moved into The Commons was to make a difference,” said Schrimpf. “We learn from them as they are learning from us. They have really made a difference in our lives.”
Schrimpf's research activities focus on microelectronics and semiconductor devices. Schrimpf, who joined the School of Engineering in 1996, is the director of the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics. The engineering staff of ISDE performs design, analysis and modeling work for a variety of space- and defense-oriented organizations. ISDE is the world's leading academic center for study of radiation effects on computers and other electronics. Its customers and sponsors include NASA, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Medtronic, Cisco, Boeing, Texas Instruments, AMD and others.
Schrimpf is a previous winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Research in 2003, the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award in 2008 and a School of Engineering teaching award in 2008.
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