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Trio of Technology Leaders Awarded Honorary Degrees

May 28, 2011

Three leaders in the fields of the life sciences, medicine and motorsports received honorary degrees in engineering during this year's commencement.  Rose-Hulman recognized each of the following persons for their career achievements:


Michael Evans   

As founder, president and CEO of the American Institute of Toxicology (AIT Laboratories), Michael Evans puts more emphasis on "learn" and "return" and sees "earn" as simply a means for giving back to his employees, his company and the community.  He founded AIT Laboratories in 1990. The company is an independent reference laboratory based in Indianapolis that specializes in compliance monitoring, forensics, clinical and pharmaceutical testing.

Under Evans' direction, AIT has been repeatedly recognized both locally and nationally for its commitment to employees, culture, education and training.  Accolades for AIT Laboratories include being named one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana, and being recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing, private companies in the nation.

Prior to founding AIT, Evans served as tenured professor, director, faculty member and researcher for institutions such as the Indiana University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He was also a visiting professor of toxicology for Kunming Medical College and the Sichuan Institute of Materia Medica, both located in China.


James Gilman   

Developing and delivering the best medical solutions to enhance, protect, treat and heal American service men and women has been the focus of James K. Gilman during his 33-year military service career.  The major general in the U.S. Army is currently commander of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., a premier quad-services installation that's home to the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the National Cancer Institute and 37 mission partners.  The installation also hosts a National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research and National Interagency Biodefense Campus.  

Under Dr. Gilman's leadership, the medical command has led many efforts to field the best possible products to protect soldiers and save lives.  He is a 1974 biology Rose-Hulman alumnus who previously served as the commander of Brooke Army Medical Center (Texas) and the Great Plains Regional Medical Command, which oversees Army hospitals and clinics in 16 states.  Other assignments have had him serving as commander of the Walter Reed Health Care System, which includes Walter Reed Hospital; director of health policy and services directorate for the Office of the Surgeon General; commander of the USAMEDDAC at Fort Wainwright (Alaska); deputy commander for clinical services at Madigan Army Medical Center (Wash.); deputy commander for clinical services at Fort Hood (Texas); and chief of cardiology services at Brooke Army Medical Center.





For almost 40 years, Gian Paolo Dallara has been synonymous with innovation, the pursuit of excellence and winning in motorsports.  His company has been devoted to the business of designing, building and supporting some of the world's most competitive racing cars.  Dallara strives for the ultimate in performance by creating an environment of innovation, team spirit and pride in his work.  This produces the fastest, safest racing cars with the highest standards of quality and customer service.

Dallara was born in Parma, Italy, and he graduated from Politecnico di Milano University, majoring in aeronautical engineering.  He has been associated with the biggest names in motorsports, designing race cars for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Williams and Renault.  He has also provided consulting services for Audi, Honda, Bugatti, Toyota and Alfa Romero.  And, Dallara-designed chassis have been in the winner's circle in Formula One -- the pinnacle of auto racing -- along with the Formula Three Series, World Series by Renault, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series.  On busy racing weekends as many as 300 race cars made by Dallara Motorsports can be seen speeding along famous race tracks around the world.

Dallara is currently building the 2012 car for the IZOD IndyCar Series, and the company is planning to move into a new, state-of-the-art technology center located in Speedway, near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a $7 million investment into the community.