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Electrical engineering professor honored for excellence in teaching

Jim Spain, interim vice provost of e-learning and vice provost of undergraduate studies (right), congratulates Gregory Triplett, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, with a plaque recognizing Triplett's nomination for the U.S. Professors of the Year award.

Gregory Triplett, associate professor of electrical engineering, received one of MU’s coveted Kemper Fellowships in recognition of his outstanding teaching abilities in 2010. And in 2011, when the opportunity presented itself, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering took the opportunity to nominate him as an MU candidate for the U.S. Professors of the Year award program.

Electrical engineering Associate Professor Gregory Triplett was one of three MU nominees for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award.

“The department is extremely proud to have Assistant Professor Triplett on its faculty,” said Interim Department Chair Noah Manring. “Gregory is a bright spot in the department who demonstrates his love for learning and teaching, both inside and outside the classroom. As an effective instructor, he gives our students the information and experience they need to become world-class engineers.  As a colleague, friend and advisor, he gives all of us encouragement for life.”

Though he didn’t win the award, the department surprised him with a reception in late January in recognition of his achievements.

“Being recognized for teaching says a lot, especially for engineering professors who aspire to be great teachers,” said Triplett about the award.

The U.S. Professors of the Year Awards program is the only national award that recognizes this country’s outstanding undergraduate educators who excel in teaching and mentoring their students. The award is sponsored by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Triplett was one of three MU educators whose name was put forth to the national award’s selection committee. He was first nominated by his department, then by the MU selection committee.

Triplett came to MU in August 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Florida A&M University and his master’s degree from Florida State University. He earned his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Triplett and his wife, Deborah, have one son, Gregory III.



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