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Featured items from the early summer Rose Exchange meetings:

June 13, 2013

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Innovation Partners: Groups of faculty and staff members are working on several projects this summer through the Innovation Workshop. (Photo by Dale Long)

This summer's Innovation Workshop had worthwhile discussions that identified the following projects (from 14 original ideas) to examine throughout this summer, with input from the campus community:

  • The Clean Slate Gang hopes to frame multidisciplinary learning objectives/outcomes that are or should be common among all Rose-Hulman students. Current faculty members in this study team are Caroline Carvill, Chandan Rupakheti, Peter Adcock, Luanne Tilstra, and Kevin Sutterer.
  • The Innovation in Design team will explore the use of the Innovation Canvas as a tool to facilitate product development, and to prepare students (along with faculty and staff) with a set of supplemental skills/experiences to inspire innovative design. Team members are Glen Livesay, Renee Rogge, Michael Wollowski, Craig Downing, Bill Kline, Rob Bunch, and Jameel Ahmed. The team will have its first meeting on June 27, from 9-10:30 a.m., in M-115 of Myers Hal.

Meanwhile, the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineers (HERE) group is also continuing to work during the summer, and would welcome campus participation. This team is developing criteria for the institute to award a certificate or other credential that will allow students to maintain their interest in sustainability beyond the first year.

It is not too late for faculty and staff to join in these valuable discussion groups. Please contact Professor Ahmed or Bill Kline, Dean of Innovation, for more information on how you can get involved.

Optics and mechanical engineering professors are providing insight into futuristic technologies and the science behind science fiction movies as part of the Indiana State Museum's Science Nights summer education series. These special events are complementing the museum's Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition. The first session, on June 6, featured Physics and Optical Engineering Department Head Charles Joenathan, PhD, and faculty colleagues Galen Duree, PhD, and Sergio Granieri, PhD. Future sessions will have mechanical engineering professor David Fisher, PhD, on July 11 covering Fact or Fiction: The Droids from Star Wars, and mechanical engineering professor Zac Chambers, PhD, on August 29 covering the topic, Where is My Rocket Car? Each session will be from 7-8 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Campus is an active place this summer, with a record 418 students enrolled in 38 summer school courses (14 in Session 1, 10 in Session 2, 11 in online courses, and three courses in Session 1 and Session 2). A total of 33 faculty members are teaching summer school courses, with five professors teaching two courses. There are also 14 students enrolled in 11 directed/independent studies on campus this summer.

Vigo County's first National Road interpretive panel will be dedicated in a special ceremony on Monday, June 17, at a restored historic gasoline station cottage near the Art Nehf Baseball Stadium. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature President Conwell, Indiana National Road Association Executive Director Joe Frost, and Terre Haute residents Bill and Trish Eccles, who were instrumental in the INRA's creation and preservation of the gasoline station cottage.


Science Exploration: Charles Joenathan, PhD, head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, helps explain the use of lasers during the recent Science Nights presentation at the Indiana State Museum. (Photo by Chris Minnick)

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative (IRC) has started its 10th summer on campus with 16 students and 10 professors from eight academic areas beginning to work on projects in science, engineering, and mathematics. IRC faculty co-directors are Mark Brandt, PhD, of chemistry and biochemistry and Peter Coppinger, PhD, of applied biology and biomedical engineering. A program first is having a project mentor being an alumnus from a Terre Haute company, Ampacet. IRC's $55,000 summer budget is supported by Edwards Lifesciences, Eli Lilly and Company, Joseph and Reba Weaver Foundation, the Department of Mathematics' National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, Ampacet, and the departments of applied biology and biomedical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry.

The campus welcomed 120 students from 24 states and India this week for this summer's first Operation Catapult session. Interesting and fun-filled activities are planned through June 28.

Chemical Engineering Professor Sharon Sauer, PhD, will receive the American Society of Engineering Education's Spread The Word Award during the organization's upcoming convention. The award recognizes Sauer for her efforts as Rose-Hulman's ASEE Campus Representative.

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Beginning Research Projects: Students, faculty, and staff members started work this week on several undergraduate research projects in the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative. (Photo by Dale Long)

Ten students are serving as interns this summer for companies in Shelby County—providing further benefits from the institute's developing partnership with Shelbyville, Indiana and Shelby County. Meanwhile, Rose-Hulman Ventures has signed its first client relationship with a company from that region. Another networking event for Rose-Hulman and community leaders is planned on July 23 in Shelbyville.

Mike DeVasher, PhD, and Carlotta Berry, PhD, represented Rose-Hulman at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), through support from the Center for Diversity. DeVasher's experiences interacting with faculty, administrators, and students of a diverse background exhibited a strong theme for the importance of a welcoming and safe environment to students from underrepresented minority groups. While much of the institute's efforts have been focused on enhancing diversity within the student population, DeVasher stressed the importance of diversifying the institute's faculty and staff as a way of promoting a welcoming and safe campus environment. It is hoped that more Rose-Hulman faculty and staff will be able to attend next year's NCORE meeting in Indianapolis.

Luchen Li, PhD, associate dean for global programs, gave a presentation on "The Impact of Global Education on Student Leadership Development" at the NAFSA 2013 Annual Conference. Karen DeGrange and Kyle Rhodes of the Office of Student Affairs also attended the conference. NAFSA is the largest organization for international educators. Kofi Annan was the conference's plenary speaker.

More than 2,000 people attended the Indiana Special Olympics' Summer Games swimming competition in the Sports and Recreation Center—bringing highlighting the campus and quality of the institute's facilities.

The prospective enrollment is 72 students for this year's Fast Track Calculus and Accelerated Mathematics and Physics programs.  This is virtually the same as last year despite raising tuition to bring the programs' costs more customary to the institute's standard year coursework tuition.

For the fourth straight year, physics and optical engineering professors Michael McInerney, PhD, and Azad Siahmakoun, PhD, will be hosting 20 Korean students this summer for MEMS education and English language development programs. Seven Rose students will assist in helping the Korean students in getting acclimated to life in America.

Computer Science and Software Engineering Department Head Cary Laxer, PhD, will be attending the Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education later this month at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He will serve as the registrar and treasurer for the conference, which attracts about 200 computer science educators from around the world.

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Helping STEM Education: Chemical engineering professor Erin Phelps (middle) gives advice to Vigo County School Corporation middle school science and math teachers building model solar houses as part of a STEM educators' workshop organized by the institute's PRISM program. (Photo by Dale Long)

The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering is hosting 27 undergraduate students for summer research this summer. Almost all the department's faculty members have students working for them on research.

Mathematics Department Head Allen Broughton, PhD, will make a presentation on "Exceptional Automorphisms of (generalized) Super-Elliptic Surfaces" at a conference being hosted at Sweden's Linkoping University. He is a member of the conference's scientific committee.

The Department of Engineering Management is hosting another engineering ethics continuing education course on July 10, from 2-4:30 p.m., in Indianapolis at the law offices of Plews, Shadley, Racher & Braun. The course will be taught by Engineering Management Head Craig Downing, PhD, and attorney/alumnus Greg Gotwald

Brant Potter, an optical engineering alumnus now working in Valeo Sylvania, visited campus to discuss design projects for the institute's capstone design course. He will also give a talk to the summer research students.

The institute will recognize Dick Boyce, director of corporation and foundation relations, on Friday, June 13, for his 23 years of service to the campus community. The retirement event is planned in the Kahn Room of the Hulman Student Union from 3:30-5 p.m.

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Five-Time National Champion: Liz Evans holds all five of her NCAA Division III high jump national championship awards—the latest coming at this spring's outdoor meet in Wisconsin. (Photo provided)

Mathematics professor Diane Evans, PhD, presented a talk at the American Society of Quality's World Quality Conference on "Interactive Rational Subgrouping with Marshmallow Peeps." The topic also appears on the Minitab software usage blog.

PRISM's summer STEM teacher development workshop for Vigo County School Corporation middle school educators has been featured in media coverage by the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, WTHI-TV, and WTWO-TV. The four-week sessions are being led by faculty members Maarij Syad (nanotechnology), Erin Phelps (solar energy), and Renee Rogge (gravity). PRISM is led by American Literature Professor Patricia Carlson.

Mathematics professor Sylvia Carlisle, PhD, presented the keynote address on "The Math Behind NUMB3RS" at the recent Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for Girls at the University of Illinois.  Kovalevsky was one of the few women mathematicians of the  19th century, and she established many firsts for women in mathematics. Many universities have Sonia Kovalevsky Days to encourage girls to enter the STEM pipeline.

Recent electrical engineering and mathematics graduate Liz Evans capped the top career in Rose-Hulman athletic history with her fifth national championship and eighth All-American award by clearing 5-foot-10½ at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. She becomes just the second student-athlete in NCAA Division III history to win five career national titles in the high jump, and became the first five-time national champion and eight-time All-American in Rose-Hulman history. 

Aaron Danner, an electrical engineering professor from the National University of Singapore, recently visited campus to provide a technical presentation and recruit students for his graduate program.

Thirty students were inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics fraternity this spring. Members of this organization assist the Department of Mathematics in hosting the high school mathematics contest and undergraduate mathematics conference.

Mathematics Professor Will Green's article on "A Weighted Dispersive Estimate for Schrodinger Operators in Dimension Two," written with M. Burak Erdogan, was published in the Communications in Mathematical Physics journal.

The fall athletic schedules have been posted on the athletics website: