Title: Electrical Engineering Technology Educator, Electronics Engineer
Company: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Robert James Herrick, Electrical Engineering Technology Educator and Electronics Engineer at Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of engineering education.
With a love for math and science, Mr. Herrick decided to pursue both those interests and entered the field of electrical engineering. Upon realizing his teaching had a profound impact on people, he became an educator. He has held the role of Robert A. Hoffer Distinguished Professor at Purdue University since 1999 and has long believed it is his mission to help people learn and enable others to have an impact on empowering many more people. He has served as a Navigational Aids Technician with the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1964 and subsequently attended college. In order to prepare for his career in engineering education, Mr. Herrick earned an Associate of Applied Science from Kellogg Community College, a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Mr. Herrick secured his first job after college with Bell Telephone Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois, where he worked as a member of the technical staff before taking his talents to the ITT Advanced Tech. Center in Shelton, Connecticut, as a senior member of the technical staff. He worked there until 1980, at which time he assumed the role of head of the electronics engineering technical department with the University of Toledo, ultimately advancing to the chairman of the department. In 1992, Mr. Herrick began working for Purdue University as an associate professor. He is now a full professor as well as the assistant department head and an electrical engineering technician. Additionally, Mr. Herrick has been an associate editor for various proceedings, the author of technical documents, international documents, and technical manuals and has contributed articles to professional journals.
Mr. Herrick has been recognized with national, regional, university, college, and department awards for outstanding teaching and professional service. These recognitions include but are not limited to, fellowship with ASEE, winning the organization’s Fredrick J. Berger Award, earning Purdue’s Life-Time Murphy Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and induction into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers, among other accolades. He has been a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Press Publication Board, and the American Society Engineering Education. Furthermore, Mr. Herrick has received two major grants from the US Department of Education totaling $600,000 for an undergraduate semester exchange with Ireland and Germany, and a Dual Concurrent Masters program with Ireland and Germany involving a total of 96 students.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Herrick has been featured in the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, the 13th and 17th editions of Who’s Who in the World, the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, and the 50th edition of Who’s Who in America. The advice that Mr. Herrick can offer the next generation or others aspiring to work in his profession is that communication and good listening is paramount. He is excited about opportunities that keep manifesting such as leading acceptance accreditation, learning, and sharing his knowledge with students. Mr. Herrick remains grateful for his wife, Becky, who has been an integral part of his academic profession, their daughter Jennifer Lynn, and their grandchildren Will, Ryan, and Isabella Grace.
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