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Featured Items from the May 21 Rose Exchange Meeting

May 27, 2014

Echoes Cover

Spring Echoes: Chemical Engineering Alumnus Robert Wilkins, appointed judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbus Circuit, is featured in the latest issue of Rose-Hulman’s magazine.

Ice Cream Social

Thanks For Support: President Conwell thanked the campus community for supporting The Fund for Rose-Hulman for the 2013-14 school year. The Office of Institutional Advancement is accepting donations through June 30.

IBOA Luncheon

Exchanging Ideas: Members of the institute’s Indianapolis Board of Associates provided feedback on a variety of issues during a special luncheon meeting earlier this month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • The institute sought input from central Indiana business and community leaders (members of Rose-Hulman’s Indianapolis Board of Associates) during a special luncheon meeting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. President Conwell provided a campus update and answered questions, while members of the Office of Institutional Advancement sought insight how Rose-Hulman can engage with non-alumni community stakeholders.
  • President Conwell represented Rose-Hulman at a company tour of Cummins Inc. (Columbus, Indiana) included meeting corporate leaders and alumni. Then, alumnus Jim Trueblood hosted an evening event for area alumni, family, and friends.
  • Bill Kline has added the role of Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Engineering Management and co-director of the ESCALATE program, supported by a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship such as the Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurial Engineering Design course sequence, and he was an entrepreneur before coming to Rose-Hulman.  Also, this new role aligns well with his role as Dean of Innovation and Engagement and being a champion for innovation on campus.
  • Biology and Biomedical Engineering Professors Glen Livesay and Renee Rogge are co-chairs for a Capstone Design Conference (June 2-4 in Columbus, Ohio), being attended by more than 200 educators from 88 institutions in five countries. Other members of the organizing committee are Patsy Brackin and Kay C Dee, while Rose-Hulman faculty members make up seven of the 20 panel facilitators: John Aidoo, Brackin, Dee, Richard Layton, Livesay, John Mirth, and Jay McCormack. Layton will present one workshop, while Rogge will participate in a panel discussion. Other faculty and staff attending will be Jim Hanson, Shannon Sipes, and Kevin Sutterer. Several students will be presenting posters on their senior capstone design projects.
  • Alumnus Robert Wilkins (Chem. Eng., 1986) is featured in the institute’s Spring Echoes magazine issue. Other features in this issue include:
    • Profiles in this year’s alumni Career Achievement Award winners
    • An inside look at the Branam Innovation Center
    • Engineers Without Borders’ students finish the job in the Dominican Republic
    • Examining the High Cost of Higher Education
    • A profile on Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Sriram Mohan
  • Approximately 82 percent of the campus community has so far supported The Fund for Rose-Hulman through the Faculty/Staff Campaign. Offices and department achieving 100 percent were recognized at an ice cream social on May 16, and will have signs highlighting this mark outside their offices. This support is important as the Office of Institutional Advancement solicits donations for the capital fund-raising campaign. Donations made before June 30 will count toward the 2013-14 The Fund for Rose-Hulman.
  • The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering’s relocated MiNDS Laboratory will have a re-dedication ceremony on Friday, May 30, at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Myers Hall.
  • Rose-Hulman’s homepage ( will undergo renovations shortly after commencement. A major enhancement will be that the web page will be adapted for viewing on mobile devices.
  • The Class of 2014 includes students earning 103 minors in humanities and social science programs; nine technical electives; and six economics and international studies majors.
  • This summer’s Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) Workshop has attracted 44 registrants from throughout the world. The workshop, supported by the National Science Foundation, is being hosted June 12-15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the eve of the ASEE Annual Conference in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Leaders of the Kern Family Foundation are curious about supporting ways Rose-Hulman is developing the engineering mindset in academic and extracurricular activities. More information may be forthcoming.
  • A paper co-authored by Biology Professor Ella Ingram with Cory Hixson, Rachel McCord, and Lisa McNair (all of Virginia Tech) was awarded Best Student Paper in ASEE’s Graduate Studies Division. This paper is an ethnographic/autoethnographic analysis of experiences by Hixson and McCord as visiting faculty on campus during the fall quarter as participants in the Rising Engineering Education Faculty Fellowship. The award will be presented at a banquet during the ASEE conference in Indianapolis.
  • A total of 430 students have preregistered for summer school classes.
  • Independent college counselors from 22 states visited campus to learn more about Rose-Hulman. The visit included a tour of Rose-Hulman Ventures on the South Campus.
  • The fifth Summer Innovation Workshop begins on June 10 with an all-day brainstorming session in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Possible topics include innovation in design, art and engineering, Wiki/big data, diversity, and the HERE program. Contact Bill Kline if you’re interested in participating.
  • May 31 is the open enrollment deadline for the institute’s health insurance plan, dental/vision plan, unreimbursed health and dependent care spending account, and SimplyWell program.
  • Congratulations to Athletic Director/Baseball Coach Jeff Jenkins for leading the Engineers to winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament championship, and advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament, where the team advanced to the championship game before losing to nationally ranked St. Thomas University (Minnesota).
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host its annual board of advisors meeting and recognize its seniors on May 23.
  • The Athletic Department captured the HCAC’s 2013-14 Commissioner’s Cup, showcasing overall athletic success in men’s and women’s athletics.
  • A total of 150 students from 16 organizations participated in this year’s Campus Beautification Day, getting the campus spruced up for end of the school year events.
  • Sophomore civil engineering student Sanders Park won a seven-hole playoff to capture the HCAC individual title.
  • Eric Louk is the new training specialist for professional and organizational development, where his background in multimedia development, voice acting, documentation development, project management, and professional customer service will serve the campus community in new and exciting ways. 


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.