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Rose Exchange: February 19, 2014

February 24, 2014

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Excited About Robotics: Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Carlotta Berry (front), PhD, is once again chair of the Crossroads Regional. Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell, PhD, and Emeriti Professor David Voltmer, PhD, were among many faculty and staff members serving as judges and volunteers at last year’s event. (Photo by Chris Minnick)

FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional will bring 45 high school teams from seven states to the Sports and Recreation Center on March 6-8. This will be another fun-filled and high-energy event. This year’s game, Aerial Ascent, will have robots working together to collect, pass, and throw large balls into scoring areas throughout the playing field covering the Hulbert Arena floor. Several faculty and staff members will join students and alumni in serving as judges and event volunteers. U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (8th District) will be the keynote speaker at a VIP luncheon. The campus community is invited to join in the fun and welcome these campus visitors. Learn more about the event at

The regional schedule features:


  • 10 a.m. to noon – Practice Rounds, Hulbert Arena
  • 1-4:30 p.m. – Practice Rounds, Hulbert Arena
  • 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Team Pits Open, Fieldhouse


  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies, Hulbert Arena
  • 9 a.m. – Noon – Qualification Matches, Hulbert Arena
  • 1-5:45 p.m. – Qualification Matches, Hulbert Arena
  • 5:45-6:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Hulbert Arena
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Team Pits Open, Fieldhouse


  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies, Hulbert Arena
  • 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Qualification Matches, Hulbert Arena
  • 12:15-12:30 p.m. – Alliance Selections
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Final Matches, Hulbert Arena
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Hulbert Arena
  • 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Team Pits Open, Fieldhouse

A series of committee meetings this week will prepare key matters for the Board of Trustees’ winter meeting. 

President Conwell thanked the campus community for providing valuable feedback about the institute’s executive leadership through this year’s faculty/staff survey. Board of Trustees’ faculty/staff representatives, Ella Ingram and Michael DeVasher, will be attending the winter meeting.

Department of Chemical Engineering Head Adam Nolte, PhD, was invited to make a presentation on “Best Practices of ABET Accreditation” at a recent American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ academic department head meeting. The invitation was extended by the program evaluator for Rose-Hulman’s 2013 ABET accreditation visit.

Congratulations to Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Shaw for winning his 300th career game as the Engineers earned a share of the regular-season Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. As the No. 1 seed, Shaw’s team will host the league’s championship tournament on February 28 and March 1 in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Luanne Tilstra, PhD, has contributed the chapter “Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology” for the American Chemical Society’s Symposium Series volume tentatively titled “Career Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Chemistry Enterprise.”

Senior design project and research presentations were conducted on February 19 for computer science, applied biology, mechanical engineering, software engineering, and robotics.

The Office of Alumni Affairs is seeking online nominations for Distinguished Young Alumni and Honor Alumni awards. These honors recognize alumni for career achievements, loyalty to Rose-Hulman, and service to America. The Honor Alumni Award recognizes a faculty and staff member for outstanding service to alumni and the Alumni Association. All awards are presented during homecoming.

Professor Tilstra will make presentations at the upcoming Council on Undergraduate Research and ASAP-Advance meetings. Topics will cover “Striving and Thriving:  Fostering Successful Research Environments” and “Advancing the Careers of Women at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions.”

The men’s swimming and diving team set a program record with a second-place finish at the 2014 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Swimming Championships. The team set 13 school records, had 10 top-two finishes, and had 10 individual all-conference performances at the meet.

Graduate student Liz Evans (EE/Math, 2013) cleared a career-best 6-foot height in the indoor high jump at Indiana University’s recent Hoosier Hills Invitational. She will now compete in the prestigious USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 23 as one of America’s top amateur track and field athletes.


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.