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Featured items from the January 22nd Rose Exchange meeting:

January 24, 2014

President Jim Conwell, Senior Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer Rob Coons, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell participated in the 2014 Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) meeting. Officials discussed each of their institution’s challenges and opportunities for possible collaborations. The annual data exchange, collected by Rose-Hulman Director of Institutional Research Timothy Chow, is an invaluable resource for AITU members.

India Trip

Faculty Expertise: Mechanical engineering professors Michael Moorhead (left) and Thomas Adams joined members of the Human Powered Vehicle team at the recent ASME competition in India. Rose-Hulman was asked to serve as mentors for students from across India that participated in the first-year event.

Auto Show

Auto Show Opportunities: This group of female students learned about future automotive technology and career opportunities at this year’s North American Auto Show in Detroit. Rose-Hulman’s reputation in the auto industry earned this exclusive invitation.


Reflecting On The Past: This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Dinner offered reflections on gains made in diversity and encouraged students to capture their professional and personal dreams.

There’s increasing demand for Rose-Hulman students to fill STEM job openings throughout the country. Today’s Winter Career Fair was expecting nearly 130 companies and 400 representatives—after a record-breaking fall event. The Office of Career Services estimates that approximately 40 percent of the Class of 2014 has already accepted jobs, with another 10% to 15% currently reviewing job offers.

Two student groups were invited to share exciting adventures and career networking opportunities last week:

  • Human Powered Vehicle Team members served as mentors at the ASME HPV India competition near New Delhi. The team was invited because of its past multiple championships in ASME North America competitions. Faculty mentor/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Moorhead, PhD, was a judge for the competition. Professor of Mechanical Engineering Thom Adams, PhD, was a team chaperone for the trip.
  • Six female students were invited to meet automotive industry leaders during the North American Auto Show in Detroit. Rose-Hulman was the only non-Michigan college to have students participating in this year’s Inforum breakfast event, which had Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields as the keynote speaker. Mechanical engineering professors Zac Chambers, PhD, and Ashley Bernal, PhD, joined Brandon Zollner, director of corporate relations, in escorting the student group to this great opportunity.

The campus celebrated this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Student Leadership Dinner on Monday, January 21. Jeffrey A. Johnson, senior pastor of Indianapolis’ Eastern Star Church, was the keynote speaker. Students gave testimonials and earned honors in an art contest with a “We the People” theme. The event was organized by Dexter Jordan, associate director of admissions and multicultural recruitment, with assistance from Camille Wallace, special events manager.

Rob Coons represented Rose-Hulman at the Indiana Higher Education President’s Roundtable earlier this week in Indianapolis. He was affirmed that the institute is in a strong position to deal with today’s educational challenges.

Nan Mattai, senior vice president for Rockwell Collins, visited campus on January 21 to witness aspects of Rose-Hulman’s robotics program. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based corporation has a strong interest in supporting higher education robotics programs.

Addressing several faculty requests, the Logan Library has added McGraw-Hill’s AccessEngineering to its database collection. AccessEngineering ( provides full text access to 420 engineering handbooks and reference books, 450 instructional videos, and 2,900 interactive graphs and downloaded tables. More resources are being added weekly.

Several mathematics faculty members and one student attended the joint mathematics society meetings, the world's largest annual gathering of mathematicians. Participating were:

  • Kurt Bryan, PhD, attended two editorial board meetings and met with research colleagues.
  • Joe Eichholz, PhD, made a presentation on "A New a Posteriori Error Estimate for Numerical Solutions of the Radiative Transport Equation." He also chaired a session on "Numerical Methods and Computing." 
  • Ralph Grimaldi, PhD, presented the paper "Subsets with No Isolated Even Integers.”
  • Christina Selby, PhD, made a presentation on “Where Am I?  A Change of Basis Project," which was part of a session on Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra.
  • Department Head Allen Broughton, PhD, interviewed several faculty candidates.
  • Math major Lorena Maxwell presented a poster on "A Statistical and Graphical Analysis on the Demographics of a City and Its Effects on Crime Rates on Campuses."

The Office of Student Affairs is preparing for the Winter Family Weekend, January 31 and February 1. President Conwell will provide a campus update during a special dinner. Other activities will include a student design seminar, by Ashley Bernal, PhD; a Branam Innovation Center open house; career services update, by Director of Career Services Kevin Hewerdine; Drama Club performances of “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club"; the Student Activities Board’s “Minute to Win It” event; and an Euchre tournament. Find out more at

Rose-Hulman’s Grand Challenges group, supported by a Ball Brothers Fund grant, has created an after-school project to help Vigo County fourth- and fifth-grade students learn about important challenges that engineers can solve (clean water/making solar energy affordable). Students in Julia Williams’ winter Technical Communications courses have developed hands-on activities to assist in this project. This Saturday, January 25, the projects will be reviewed by current and retired Vigo County School Corporation teachers, Rose-Hulman professors Christine Buckley (Project Lead The Way institute liaison) and David Mutchler, Grand Challenges group leaders, and Homework Hotline tutors.

Alumni feedback is being sought in preparation for the institute’s periodic evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, which is planning to visit campus on April 2-4.

Indianapolis television station WRTV (ABC affiliate) will visit campus today to interview Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Fisher, PhD, for a technology story and cover the Winter Career Fair. The visit was arranged by Dale Long, director of media relations.

The Office of Alumni Affairs is planning Rose on the Road and alumni events in Phoenix (Feb. 19); Austin, Texas (Feb. 28); Washington, D.C. (March 29); and Boston (April 3). A special event at the Indiana Pacers/Portland Trailblazers NBA game on February 7 sold out within the first two hours of availability. An alumni basketball game is planned on Saturday, January 25.

Advisory: U.S. Postal Service’s first-class postage rates will soon increase three cents while post card rates increase by one cent. Departments should work with the institute’s Mail Distribution Center to gain possible cost savings on large-scale postal projects.

The women’s basketball program will recognize Wabash Valley breast cancer survivors on Saturday, January 25, at 12:40 p.m. before a game against Transylvania University in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. Proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales, along with other monetary donations, will go to Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors, Inc.

The following mathematics faculty members have had papers recently accepted or published:

  • Eric Reyes, PhD, with numerous co-authors, "Role of Diuretics, Beta Blockers, and Statins in Increasing the Risk of Diabetes in Patients with Impaired Glucose Tolerance: Reanalysis of Data from the NAVIGATOR Study.'' (British Medical Journal)
  • Will Green, PhD, "Dispersive Estimates for Matrix and Scalar Schrodinger Operators in Dimension Five.” (Illinois Journal of Mathematics)
  • Allen Holder, PhD, and co-author, "Operations Research Methods for Optimization in Radiation Oncology." (Journal of Radiation Oncology and Informatics)
  • Wayne Tarrant, PhD, and co-author, “Viewing Risk Measures as Information.” (Journal of Financial Transformations)
  • Allen Broughton, PhD, with co-authors, "Exceptional Automorphisms of (Generalized) Super-elliptic Curves" and "Superelliptic Surfaces as p-gonal Surfaces." (Contemporary Mathematics)

Jason Scott Embry, executive director of development, provided students with a recent business etiquette seminar.

Indiana and national FIRST Robotics leaders will make a site visit on campus tonight to review preparations for the upcoming Crossroads Regional (March 6-8) in the Sports and Recreation Center.

The Learning Center is putting together an institutional database for outreach K-12 STEM and educational enrichment programs. Contact office secretary Kelli Martin at with your program details.

A total of 289 students and alumni participated in this year’s Rose-Hulman Ski Trip, organized by the Office of Student Activities.

The Office of Students Affairs’ Greatest Floor residence life event, covering 20 events, is this weekend, January 24-25.


All faculty and staff members are invited to learn more about what’s happening on campus by attending the Rose Exchange meetings each Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m., in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.