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Ron Schrimpf

Ron Schrimpf is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University , where his research activities focus on microelectronics and semiconductor devices. In particular, he has a very active research program dealing with the effects of radiation on semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The Radiation Effects Research Group at Vanderbilt is the largest of its type at any US University. Current projects include development of Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tools for radiation effects, atomic-scale modeling of radiation-induced defects, very low dose-rate (spacelike) effects on bipolar and MOS integrated circuits, total-dose and single-event effects in power devices and circuits, and development of radiation-effects and hardness-assurance test methodologies.

He received his BEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1981, 1984, and 1986, respectively. He joined the University of Arizona in 1986, where he served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined Vanderbilt in 1996 and was an Invited Professor at the University of Montpellier II, France, in 2000.

Honors and Awards

  • Elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2000 “for contributions to the understanding and the modeling of physical mechanisms governing the response of semiconductor devices to radiation exposure.”
  • 1996 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Early Achievement Award.
  • Outstanding Paper Awards, 1991, 1996, and 1998 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conferences.
  • Meritorious Paper Awards, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conferences.
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation, 1995 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference.
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation, 1995 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Power Semiconductors, 1989 IEEE Industrial Applications Conference.
  • American Electronics Association Faculty Development Fellowship, 1985.
  • Tau Beta Pi (Elected 10/80); Eta Kappa Nu (Elected 10/79).

Professional Activities

  • Executive Vice-Chairman, IEEE Radiation Effects Steering Group, 2000-3.
  • General Chairman, 1999 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference .
  • Technical Program Chairman, 1996 IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference.
  • Guest Editor, December issue of IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 1993-95.
  • Member, technical program committees for the 1993-94 IEEE International Electron Devices Meetings and 1988-94 IEEE Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meetings.