Commit to unwavering CURIOSITY
When you take a look at Rob Grimm’s resume you do so first with admiration, then astonishment, and finally outright awe. It’s hard to know where to begin to tell you about this multifaceted person who has contributed so much to the Virginia Tech community. So let’s make a list.
- Rob graduated last spring with degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Naval Engineering. He is a first generation college graduate. Check.
- Without skipping a beat, he resumed his studies this fall in the Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. program and will begin his dissertation on Aerothermalelasticity in the spring. Check.
- Rob has made numerous academic contributions through his research, including the SAE Aero Design Team, the Seaperch Submarine Project, the Vortex Panel Method Project, the Wing Spar Design Project, the Morphing Wing Team, and the Design Build Fly Structures Team. Multiple checks.
- Rob has held leadership positions in Pi Kappa Alpha and is a member of the highly recognized honors leadership organization, Omicron Delta Kappa. He was Director of Standards and Scholarship for the Interfraternity Council. Check.
- Rob has spent numerous hours with Relay For Life, Greeks Giving Back, Habitat for Humanity and many other philanthropic organizations, all while learning, growing, serving the community, and living out Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim — “That I May Serve.” Check, check and check.
Here’s where it gets really interesting:
- Rob has been a Get Connected Team Leader, providing mobile computing support to students through Virginia Tech’s 4Help service.
- He was head bicycle mechanic and salesman for Dave’s Cycles.
- And he is one of the owners and performers of Fighting Gravity, in which he designed, created and executed black light theater performances on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” placing third out of more than 100-thousand acts, and subsequently touring nation-wide.
- Rob said, “I have a passion for problem solving and helping others. I am very fortunate to have had such great opportunities so far in my life and am constantly looking to give back and serve others. In my free time I like fixing things, building my own furniture, and love playing volleyball.”
Free time?? Really??
Rob said, “One of the most important things I have learned is that everybody has some sort of contribution they are capable of giving. Albert Einstein once said ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ It doesn’t matter what kind of background you have, as long as you are enjoying yourself and are happy with what you do, then you have the opportunity to be successful.”
Rob is a shining example of what inquisitive and questing mind can do, when it is matched with will and determination. The Aspire! Award for CURIOSITY is presented to Rob Grimm.
2017-2018 Aspirations Breakfasts*
December 1, 2017
Owens Banquet Room, 8-10 a.m.
*Registration is required to attend the Breakfast.
April 21, 2017 Recipients
Bobby Hollingsworth - Curiosity
Annemarie Bresson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Christopher Bardo - Civility
Nala Chehade - Courageous Leadership
Elizabeth Galbreath - Ut Prosim
Hillary Kovacs – Ut Prosim
Robert and Kara Julius – Ut Prosim
Jerry Colyer [posthumous award] – Ut Prosim
March 17, 2017 Recipients
Lt. Tony Haga – Courageous Leadership
February 17, 2017 Recipients
Danielle Jeffers - Curiosity
Colleen McGovern - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Min Kyung “Julie” Sim - Civility
Lamont “Gucci” Livingston - Courageous Leadership
Jacob Long - Ut Prosim
Alece Alderson – Civility
November 4, 2016 Recipients
Rhiannon Hasenauer - Ut Prosim
Zack Sever - Civility
David Gardner - Courageous Leadership
Zachary Hoopes - Curiosity
Bridger Johnson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jon Fritsch – Self-Understanding and Integrity
October 7, 2016 Recipients
Zachariah Ewen - Ut Prosim
Jordan Evans - Civility
Megan Lee Myklegard - Courageous Leadership
Alex Hamilton - Curiosity
Bryan Faulkner - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Catherine Cotrupi – Curiosity
April 22, 2016 Recipients
Samantha Hall - Ut Prosim
Charelle Berry - Civility
Audrey Semel - Courageous
Jess King - Curiosity
Mike Schoka - Self-Understanding
Frances Keene – Ut Prosim
John Graham – Ut Prosim
Susan Anderson – Courageous
February 19, 2016 Recipients
Javier González-Rocha – Self-Understanding and Integrity
Obaid Rehman – Civility
Claire Kelling – Courageous
Meghan McLoughlin – Ut Prosim
Erica Nagotko – Curiosity
Anthony Purcell – Civility
Gladys Sartin– Self-Understanding
October 2, 2015 Recipients
Walter Gonsiewski – Self-Understanding
Seyi Olusina – Civility
Skyler Mueller – Courageous
Anastasia Matusiewicz – Ut Prosim
Natasha Laramie – Curiosity
Vera Kidd – Curiosity
Residence Life Resource Officer John Tarter – Ut Prosim
Robby Moser – Ut Prosim
March, 2015 Recipients
Juan de la Rosa Diaz – Courageous
Jamaica Sykes – Curiosity
Luke Birch –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jake Voorhees – Ut Prosim
Turki Saad Al-Zahrani – Civility
Captain Jim Snyder – Courageous Leadership
February, 2015 Recipients
Catherine Goggins – Courageous
Allison Laclede – Curiosity
Samuel Aguilar Chavez –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Larissa Perara – Ut Prosim
Lauren Cashman – Civility
Jay Read – Civility
Scott Busiel – Self–understanding and Integrity
Robin Boucher – Curiosity
Tricia Smith – Ut Prosim