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Featured Items from the June 4th Rose Exchange Meeting

June 9, 2014


Telling Our Success Stories: The impact of past projects completed at Rose-Hulman Ventures is part of a new display area on the first floor of the renovated facility, located on the institute’s South Campus. A similar display area on the second floor features the names of all student interns that have worked on projects since Rose-Hulman Ventures’ opening. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

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Award Winning Professor: Mathematics professor Will Green (left) receives an Albion College Young Alumni Award from the college’s Interim President Mike Frandsen. (Photo Provided)

Featured items from June 4th Rose Exchange meeting:

  • Rose-Hulman Ventures (RHV), located on the institute’s South Campus, has been renovated into a more efficient and effective work space for project managers and student interns to help clients bring innovative ideas to the marketplace. This transformation was completed without any work stoppage and in time for work to begin on several summer projects. Elizabeth Hagerman, PhD, vice president of Rose-Hulman Ventures, supervised the renovations. Providing valuable assistance were Mike Taylor, senior director of facilities operations; Jake Wagle, director of facilities operations; Traci Nelson-Albertson, brand manager for the Office of Communications and Marketing; and all RHV staff members.
  • Welcome to Wayne Dennison, PhD, as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. He has more than 25 years of higher education information technology leadership experience, formerly serving as executive director of enterprise systems and services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He also worked in the enrollment services division at the University of Memphis. At Rose-Hulman, Dennison will provide collaborative leadership and strategic planning to ensure the effective and efficient development, implementation, maintenance, and integration of technology resources.
  • By commencement, 92 percent of the Class of 2014 had accepted employment, planned to attend graduate school, or been commissioned as military officers from the Army/Air Force ROTC programs. The Office of Career Services expects the placement rate will be 99 percent by November 1, the national collegiate reporting date. The average starting salary for the Class of 2014 is currently $67,417, an increase from last year’s $63,075 final average. The average for this year’s computer science graduates was $84,789.
  • An update on the comprehensive fundraising campaign, reports by Phil Cornwell and Jim Goecker, and a tour of RHV’s renovated work spaces were part of the Board of Trustees’ spring meeting. Several trustees also participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded MiNDS Laboratory in Myers Hall.
  • Access control technology is being installed for all campus buildings in an effort to improve safety and security. Academic buildings are being covered in the first phase of this project, which started on June 1. Employees will need to utilize their identification card to gain building access after regular operating hours. Employees will no longer have the ability to use a key to gain access to buildings. Other buildings will be added to the system throughout the summer. 
  • Eighty alumni, friends, and other guests participated in this summer’s Summer Scholarship Golf Scramble, making available scholarship funds for students from central Indiana and the Wabash Valley.
  • The top 10 employers of the Class of 2014 were: General Electric Company-All Divisions (8), ArcelorMittal (7), Eli Lilly Company (7), Interactive Intelligence (7), Epic (6), Ford Motor Company (6), Halliburton (5), U.S. Air Force (4), Frito-Lay (4), Microsoft (4), Shirley Contracting Company (4), Texas Instruments (4), Amazon (3), Archer Daniels Midland (3), Boeing Company (3), Century Aluminum (3), Cummins (3), Delek (3), DMC Inc. (3), Fluke (3), Indesign (3), kCura (3), Marathon Petroleum (3), and UOP Honeywell (3).
  • The Innovation Workshop 2014 kicks off on Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Four working groups will examine the following topics: Innovation in design, art and engineering, Wiki/big data, and campus diversity. The opening event will feature introduction of these project topics, presentations from guest speakers Nick Mahurin of Infraware and Mary Kramer of Artspaces, lunch, and formation of work teams for the rest of the summer. Contact Dean of Innovation Bill Kline if you’re interested in participating in this summer experience.
  • Twenty percent of the Class of 2014 plan to attend graduate school—on average with past graduation classes, reports the Office of Career Services. 
  • Congratulations to Assistant Mathematics Professor William Green, PhD, for receiving the Young Alumni Award from Michigan’s Albion College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005. Green, a member of Rose-Hulman's faculty since 2010, has presented his mathematics and mathematics/physics research at numerous regional and national conferences and has published in some of the world’s top mathematics journals. He was recently invited to the selective American Mathematical Society Research Communities program in partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, complex analysis, and geometric measure theory. Green is also one of very few mathematics professors to work with undergraduate researchers wanting to co-publish refereed solutions to problems posed to the national mathematics community.
  • Faculty mentors from various academic departments will work with nine Rose-Hulman students this summer on 10-week undergraduate research projects. The program has been expanded to provide more opportunities for students—thanks to funding from the institute’s Joseph and Reba Weaver Undergraduate Research Fund and Rose Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and support from academic departments for lab space, equipment, and supplies. These projects supplement activities by the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative, organized by Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Mark Brandt, PhD, and Biology Professor Peter Coppinger, PhD.
  • Department of Mathematics Head Allen Broughton attended the Ibero-American Conference on Geometry, hosted by the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.
  • Mathematics Professor John Rickert, PhD, co-authored the paper "Non-Trivial Composite Sequences through Digit Appendage" in Math Monthly. He was joined on the project by Stan Wagon of Macalester College, Jon Grantham of IDA, and Witold Jarnicki of Google-Poland.
  • Assistant Mathematics Professor William Green, PhD, authored two papers recently accepted for publication in national mathematics journals. He wrote “Time Decay Estimates for the Wave Equation with Potential in Dimension Two” for the Journal of Differential Equations. Then, he co-authored “Dispersive Estimates for Four Dimensional Schrodinger and Wave Equations with Obstructions at Zero Energy,” for the Communications in Partial Differential Equations journal, with Burak Erdogan of the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and Michael Goldberg of the University of Cincinnati.


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.