Galloway receives international Gagarin Award for contributions to radiation effects research

Kenneth F. Galloway received the 2016 Yuri Gagarin Award at the 2016 RADECS conference in Bremen, Germany. Galloway is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and former dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

Kenneth F. Galloway

The Radiation Effects in Components and Systems Association was established in Europe in 1991 to promote scientific fundamental and applied research in the fields of radiations and their effects on materials, components and systems. The association holds an annual conference in Europe primarily focused on radiation effects on electronics for spacecraft.

This is the second time the Yuri Gagarin Award has been bestowed by RADECS. The first went to Professor Emeritus Jean Gasiot, University of Montpellier, France, one of the RADECS founders, at the 2015 RADECS Conference in Moscow. Yuri Gagarin was a Russian pilot and cosmonaut who was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of Earth in 1961.

Galloway was recognized for his “great long-term individual contribution” to the development of international cooperation and partnership relations in the space industry, as well as organizing and conducting global RADECS events.

Candidates for the Yuri Gagarin Award must have at least 20 years of experience in the radiation effects community, be a highly-recognized professional with scientific or technical expertise with involvement in relationship building between countries, and significant participation in the work of RADECS conferences.

RADECS has had a long connection with the IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, and together with NSREC in the United States, the association holds the most important annual meeting of the global radiation effects community.

Galloway serves on the American Association of Engineering Societies Board of Directors, and he is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

Galloway’s past service to the ASEE includes serving as its president in 2013, chair of the Engineering Deans Council Public Policy Committee, a member of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board, and a member of the Journal of Engineering Education Advisory Board.

Galloway’s personal research and teaching activities are in solid-state devices, semiconductor technology, and radiation effects in electronics. He has published numerous journal and conference papers in these areas, and his research has received sustained support from several U.S. Department of Defense organizations.

Galloway, an alumnus of Vanderbilt University, earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina and went on to hold professional appointments at Indiana University, NAVSEA-Crane, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, and the University of Arizona before returning to Vanderbilt as dean, 1996-2012.

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