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Featured items from the May 15th Rose Exchange meeting:

May 20, 2013

  • A $35,000 grant from the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network will help Rose-Hulman create and use case studies to instill the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. The institute will examine current best practices associated with the creation and use of case studies (through ASEE case study literature and the Harvard Business School), create a pilot case study, deploy the pilot case study in various engineering classes, and evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot case study. Examples of potential case studies include:
     
    - Decision to Design Around or License a Patent
    - Medical Device Business Case Development
    - Product Launch Design Review
    - Company Formation

    Administrators, faculty, and staff members associated with this project will be Interim Dean of Faculty Rick Stamper, Dean of Innovation and Engagement Bill Kline, Associate Dean of Learning and Technology Kay C Dee, Rose-Hulman Ventures’ Manager of Engineering Brian Dougherty, Professor of English and Executive Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment Julia Williams, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Patsy Brackin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dan Moore, and Associate Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering Renee Rogge. Alumnus Felda Hardymon, a faculty member of Harvard Business School’s entrepreneurial management unit, will offer assistance as a strong advocate of the case study method. The project will begin this summer and continue throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
     
  •          Rob Coons New Profile
      Distinguished Alumnus: Rob Coons received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University East during the Richmond, Indiana college’s recent commencement.
    Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Rob Coons received a Distinguished Alumni Award during Indiana University East’s recent commencement. He earned an associate degree from the Richmond-based institution.
     
  • The Beckman Coulter Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant for hardware and software to improve current courses and create new curriculum opportunities in the multidisciplinary robotics minor program. This academic area has experienced increased student demand and development needs. New course development would cover industrial automation and human-robot interaction, and robotics research opportunities would be added during the summer or academic year. Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Carlotta Berry, PhD, wrote the grant proposal.
     
  • The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences will honor the institute’s first international studies graduates tonight during the department’s senior recognition dinner.
      
  •   EcoCar2
      Inspections Underway: EcoCAR2 inspectors examine the Chevy Malibu that was modified by students during the second year of the automotive engineering competition.
    EcoCAR2 project team members and faculty advisors are spending the next 10 days at the national automotive engineering design competition’s Year 2 review at General Motors’ Western Proving Grounds near Yuma, Arizona. The team’s modified Chevy Malibu will also be featured in a public display in San Diego. The faculty advisors are Zac Chambers, PhD, of mechanical engineering and Marc Herniter, PhD, of electrical and computer engineering.
     
  • Four students will be engaged in undergraduate research project this summer, supported by a grant from a fund established by Joseph and Reba Weaver. The group includes:
    - Patricia Bacala, who will assess visual perception using autoshaping in the rat model, mentored by Jameel Ahmed, PhD, of the Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering (ABBE).
    - Alec Sills, who will investigate absorption and scattering losses in high power optically pumped surface emitting lasers, with Professor Paul Leisher, PhD, of Physics and Optical Engineering.
    - Alex Thomas, who will study type‐I collagen modeled as a liquid crystal, with Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Luanne Tilstra, PhD.
    - Nathan Wheeler, who will examine the detection of phytoplasma in trillium grandiflorum using 16s rDNA PCR, with ABBE Professor Peter Coppinger, PhD.
     
  • Senior engineering students will receive the Order of Engineer Ring during a special ceremony tonight in the Hatfield Hall Theater. Department of Civil Engineering Head Kevin Sutterer, PhD, organizes the event for the National Society of Professional Engineers, begin assisted by department secretary Kathy Nicoson.
     
  • The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering will award its first master’s degree in software engineering to Bryan Musial during this year’s commencement.
     
  • Eight teams will be coming to campus to participate in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Baseball Tournament, starting today and lasting until Saturday, May 18, at Art Nehf Field.
     
  • Freshman civil engineering students recently visited engineering projects in the St. Louis area as part of professional development opportunities.
     
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host its advisory board meeting on campus on May 17, along with presenting its remaining department awards during a special luncheon.
     
  • The Office of Global Programs will host a completion ceremony today to honor international students completing a year of studies on campus.
     
  • Timothy All from The Ohio State University will be joining the Department of Mathematics faculty for 2013-14 as a visiting assistant professor.

The Rose Exchange, scheduled each Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room of the Hulman Student Union, is open to all faculty and staff members.