Vanderbilt engineering dean wins IEEE award in nuclear and plasma science

Ken Galloway, dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, has won the prestigious Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS).

The annual award recognizes “outstanding contributions through leadership and service to the NPSS and to the fields of Nuclear and Plasma Sciences,” according to the NPSS website.

NPSS Awards Committee Chair Peter S. Winokur said that Galloway’s award citation will read: “For leadership, technical, and educational contributions to the field of radiation effects on microelectronics.”

“Dean Galloway is truly one of the leaders in radiation effects. The program he has helped build at Vanderbilt is world class, and his efforts to foster international cooperation through the Radiation Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS) association are truly noteworthy,” Winokur said. RADECS is the premier European radiation effects conference and Galloway was one of the first American researchers to be involved in the technical organization of the conference.

In addition to serving as dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Galloway helped found the school’s Radiation Effects and Reliability Group and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics. He is an expert on radiation effects in power devices and mobility degradation in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) transistors and he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to the study of radiation effects in microelectronics.”

The Radiation Effects Group is the largest program of its kind in the U.S. and is the only academic program actively involved in support of the U.S. Department of Defense in radiation effects for strategic applications. Galloway also helped establish ISDE in 2003 to serve government and commercial customers in developing predictive, radiation-aware simulation tools in support of space and defense system design.

Galloway came to Vanderbilt as dean in 1996, from the University of Arizona. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of South Carolina and his B.A. from Vanderbilt.


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