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Faculty & Staff Honored for Outstanding Performances

May 31, 2011

Faculty and staff members were recognized for their outstanding teaching, research and service during Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's 133rd commencement on May 28.

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Jim Mayhew  

Jim Mayhew, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Dean's
Outstanding Teacher Award.  A member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 1999,
Mayhew's scholarly interests include heat transfer applications in advanced gas turbine engines.  

Mayhew is praised by his students for his respectful approach and engaging all students in the classroom in the learning process.  Students comment that Mayhew "brings passion, intellect and wit to the classroom," according to Bill Schindel, chair of the Board of Trustees' Academic Affairs Committee.

Mayhew earned a bachelor's degree at Syracuse University and a master's degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  He taught for several years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs before completing a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California-Davis.


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Ed Wheeler  

Ed Wheeler, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Board of Trustees Scholar Award for representing the highest standards of academic scholarship and serving as a role model for professional development.  He has become an expert in the fields of electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency signals.

Wheeler's professional activities center on novel techniques for measuring and modeling electromagnetic fields as well as signal interference applications in motor starters and drives.  His work has attracted support from several outside agencies, including Rockwell Automation, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation.   He was a member of the faculty team that authored a successful proposal to the Keck Foundation that founded the college's MEMS Laboratory.

Wheeler is also known for including undergraduate students in his research.  He and several student co-authors have published 14 conference papers since 2008 and these experiences have inspired several of his students to pursue graduate studies.

"Professor Wheeler translates the benefits of his research activities back to the classroom," stated Bill Fenoglio, chairman of the Board of Trustees.  "He, along with colleagues, have improved courses and developed labs in the areas of EMC and signal integrity -- and one such lab will be constructed this summer."

Wheeler earned his bachelor's degree at Rose-Hulman in 1982 before earning master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He joined the Rose-Hulman faculty in 1999.


Kevin Hewerdine  

Kevin Hewerdine, director career services and employer relations, earned the President's Outstanding Service Award in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the college's students, faculty and staff.  In his 11 years on campus, Hewerdine has helped over 4,800 graduates achieve their career aspirations.  The college has a proud track record of nearly 90 percent job placement by commencement each year.  He has incorporated new technology in the office's operations that assists students in gaining skills critical to their job search, and he has sought out and brought to the campus new companies who are interested in hiring students for full time, internship and co-op positions.

"Kevin truly cares for our students and does all that he can to assist them in joining the work force or attending the graduate school of their choice," stated President Matt Branam.  "He has helped Rose-Hulman progress through good and bad times with little impact on our graduates."