Robert Griffin, a recent graduate of Tennessee Tech University, was one of five finalists for the Derryberry Award, the university’s most prestigious student award.
Griffin, the son of Jim and Jan Griffin, graduated in December after an impressive academic career at the university.
Throughout his time at TTU, Griffin was an active member of the mechanical engineering department, tutoring other students and working in the department offices. He was active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and founded the TTU chapter of Engineers without Borders.
He received the W. A. Howard Award, which goes to students who graduate with a perfect grade point average. He was in the Honors Program and several honor societies including Mortar Board, Tau Beta Pi for TTU engineering students, and Pi Tau Sigma for TTU mechanical engineering students. He has had two papers published in academic journals.
Griffin represented the College of Engineering in the TTU Student Government Association and served as a campus tour guide.
He is working at Flowserve Corporation in Cookeville on his third cooperative education, or co-op, assignment. He also works at TTU’s Industrial Assessment Center, providing small and mid-sized manufacturers with energy consumption improvement assignments. His previous work experiences were at Shaw Industries in Dalton, Ga., and the National Security Technology Center in Oak Ridge.
He is a graduate of Boyd Buchanan School.
The Derryberry Award, named for the long-serving former university president Everett Derryberry, goes annually to a graduating senior who has exhibited characteristics that demonstrate potential for future service and effective leadership in American society.