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Teaching has been an Avocation for Retiring Professors Ron Artigue and Darrell Gibson

Friday, May 22, 2015
Ron Artigue with students.

Award-Winning Educator:, Ronald Artigue, a chemical engineering professor since 1977, has earned the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alumni Association's Honorary Alumni Award, and Athletic Department's Jess Lucas Spirit Award. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Aspects of mechanical design and distributed process control system hadn't approached their technological horizons when Ronald Artigue and J. Darrell Gibson started shaping the careers and lives for thousands of Rose-Hulman alumni.

These distinguished professors are retiring at the end of this school year after 83 combined years of award-winning teaching, mentoring students outside the classroom, and giving students an innovative edge in areas of chemical and mechanical engineering.

Artigue has practiced what he taught and taught what he has practiced as a legendary chemical engineering professor. He has been presented the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award (1999), the Alumni Association's Honorary Alumni Award (2004), and Athletic Department's Jess Lucas Spirit Award (2003).

However, Artigue's greatest contributions may be the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and professional experiences gained through educational sabbaticals and relationships with corporations and foundations. This has allowed Rose-Hulman students to learn real-world industry practices and new coursework that give them a high-tech edge in the marketplace and have successful careers.

Darrel Gibson

Giving Back: Mechanical engineering professor Darrell Gibson has been a member of Rose-Hulman's faculty since 1971. He and his wife, master's degree alumna Peijun Sun, have given back to the institute as members of the Chauncey Rose Society. (Photo by Terry Miller)

"I love to teach. It wasn't a vocation, but my avocation," says Artigue, a faculty member since 1977. "I am proud to make connections with students and helped them be successful. They want to know what they're learning is important and has value."

Those connections have been made as a self-proclaimed "spirit coach" for the women's volleyball team, being Coach of the Week for the football team, and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at baseball games.

"My role was getting to know the students. They truly value that a professor takes an interest in them," Artigue remarks. Another connection has been his daughter, Dianna, who earned bachelor (2004) and master (2010) chemical engineering degrees from the Institute.

Gibson is concluding one of the longest tenures (44 years) on the current faculty. He has lent expertise in industrial and environmental noise control, vibration, and mechanical design to mechanical engineering students, and coordinated the department's senior capstone design project course for several years.

"The greatest joy for any educator is seeing your students' skills show continuous improvement, watch them mature as caring and productive people, and, then, admire their successes as alumni," says Gibson, a faculty member since 1971. "I have loved every day of my association with Rose-Hulman, and I have admired how it has grown throughout my tenure. I have been happy to grow with it."

Darrell's appreciation for Rose-Hulman also extends to his wife, Peijun Sun, who earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. The couple has given back to the Institute as members of the Chauncey Rose Society.