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Michael A. Evans Named to Board of Trustees
December 7, 2011
Successful life-sciences entrepreneur Michael A. Evans, Ph.D.,
founder, president and chief executive officer of
Indianapolis-based AIT Laboratories, has accepted an appointment to
the Board of Trustees at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a
national leader in undergraduate engineering, science and
Michael A. Evans
"I strongly believe in supporting
science education and proudly accept this additional role in the
Rose-Hulman community," said Evans. He has served on
Rose-Hulman's Science Advisory Board, has supported Rose-Hulman's
Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering and
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and has been a guest
summer lecturer at Rose-Hulman Ventures, where technology-based
companies can complete development projects utilizing the time and
talents of the outstanding engineering, computer, science and
mathematics students at Rose-Hulman.
Rose-Hulman awarded Evans an honorary doctorate degree earlier
this year in recognition for his work advancing the life sciences
at Rose-Hulman, in Indiana and throughout the world.
"Mike will be an important asset to Rose-Hulman as we begin
drafting our strategic goals to guide the future of the institute,"
said Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam. "The board of
trustees, faculty, staff and students will benefit greatly from
Mike's wisdom, leadership, expertise and foresight. He will
help us define a path from an institution that's recognized
nationally, to one with an international reputation for producing
the best engineering graduates."
"Learn, Earn, Return" isn't just a motto for Evans, it's a
life-long call to action. Evans puts more emphasis on "learn"
and "return" and sees "earn" as simply a means for giving back to
his employees, his company and the community.
Evans founded AIT Laboratories in 1990. AIT is a
healthcare company that specializes in compliance monitoring,
forensics and clinical testing. Under Evans' direction, AIT
has been repeatedly recognized locally and nationally for its
commitment to employees, culture, education and training. In
2009, Evans transferred ownership of the company to his employees
through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Accolades for AIT Laboratories include being recognized by Inc.
magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing, private companies
in the nation for five consecutive years, and being named to
Training magazine's Top 125 list of companies recognized for
employer-sponsored training and development programs. Evans
has also been personally recognized as the 2008 Ernst & Young
Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midwest region.
Prior to founding AIT, Evans served as tenured professor,
director, faculty member and researcher for institutions such as
the Indiana University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Medical Center, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University
of Illinois College of Medicine. He was also a visiting
professor of toxicology for Kunming Medical College and the Sichuan
Institute of Materia Medica, both located in China.
A disabled veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple
Heart for his service in Vietnam, Evans resides in