Robert Herrick will receive the 2014 ASEE James H. McGraw Award during the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Indianapolis in June 2014. The Robert A. Hoffer Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, Herrick is being recognized for his many distinguished accomplishments and outstanding service in engineering technology education.
Herrick’s career at Purdue includes being a charter faculty fellow of the newly established Purdue Polytechnic Institute, which will help to transform STEM education at Purdue. He is entered in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers and was head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology for nine years. Prior to his work at Purdue, Herrick worked at the University of Toledo and on the technical staffs of ITT and Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he is a senior member and has served in many roles, including editor-in-chief of IEEE Press. He also has provided leadership in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Frontiers in Education Annual Conference. He has been a national and regional leader and a conference executive officer. He has routinely served as session chair, author, speaker, best paper/session evaluator, workshop leader and paper reviewer. For the past five years, he has led the Engineering Technology (ET) National Forum (now under the ASEE Engineering Technology Council) to nationally advance ET Education and ET graduate opportunities.
He served as president of Tau Alpha Pi, national honor society for engineering technology, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. He received the ASEE Frederick J. Berger Award for Excellence in Engineering Technology Education in 2010, became an ASEE Fellow in 2011, and received the FIE Ronald Schmitz Award for Outstanding Service in 1999.
He has written numerous technical and educational publications and presented and chaired at numerous conferences and workshops. He is the author of a 1,216-page textbook using spiral learning that integrates analog electronics with basic circuit analysis techniques.